Collage, the multi-cuisine international restaurant of Hotel Ista, is organising a Mongolian Barbeque, from 18th to 29th March. Guests can have unlimited items freshly cooked on the barbeque, for Rs. 1,100 per head.
You can choose your ingredients from a buffet of thinly sliced raw meats (beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken, shrimp) and vegetables (cabbage, tofu, sliced onion, cilantro, broccoli, and mushrooms) and assemble them in a large bowl or a plate. These ingredients are then given to the griddle operator, who will add your choice of sauce and transfer them to one section of the hot griddle. Oil, and sometimes water, will be added to ease cooking, and the ingredients are stirred occasionally.
The ample size of the Mongolian barbeque griddle allows for several diners' food to be cooked simultaneously on different parts of the griddle. Once cooked, the finished dish is scooped into a bowl and handed back to you.
Despite its name, Mongolian barbeque first appeared in Taiwan in the middle to late 20th century, and not in Mongolia. The preparation actually derives from Japanese-style "teppanyaki", which was popular in Taiwan at the time. The style of stir-frying meats and vegetables over a large round iron griddle at temperatures of around 300 degrees Centigrade is called Mongolian Barbeque.
There are legends surrounding this style of cuisine. An American restaurant that offers Mongolian Barbeque claims that soldiers of the Mongol Empire gathered large quantities of meats, prepared them with their swords and cooked them on their overturned shields over a large fire. Also, a German restaurant chain with the same concept claims that the Mongolian soldiers cooked their meals on heated stone.
The barbeque is available for dinner only, from 7:00pm. Please contact Ista at 4450-8888 for further details.