Saturday, March 19, 2011

Making Buuz for Mongolian New Year

Mongolian New Year is held at the Lunar New Year in February. We celebrated with friends, made buuz, played knucklebone games and toasted one another with Mongolian vodka. In Mongolia, making buuz is a communal event. Groups progress from one household to the next, first helping to make, then helping to eat the tasty dumplings.

Recipes aren't necessary, but you can find them with a quick Google search. Essentially, the dough is flour and mixed with enough water to make a dough. Knead until smooth and let rest. Roll out snakes of dough, cut into walnut-sized lumps, roll into a ball then roll into flat circles with a rolling pin. Take a spoonful of filling -- traditionally, a mixture of mutton, onion, garlic, perhaps some cabbage, salt and pepper -- and place it in the circle of dough. Pinch the dough around the filling and repeat many times until you have enough buuz to fill your steamer. Steam the dumplings until the filling is cooked through. Enjoy with beer or vodka.
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