How to Host a Mongolian Barbecue at Home
If you’re catering for a crowd, including children, we have the recipe for party success – a Mongolian Barbecue! It’s easy, fun and caters for all tastes and dietary requirements. Children love it as they can select their own ingredients from a buffet of thinly sliced meats, vegetables, sauces and spices. Simply toss your selection onto a hot, oiled barbecue and “cook your own” meal. Don’t be surprised if the kids are coming back for seconds and thirds – trying different combinations is part of the fun!
Step One: Prepare the Buffet
Firstly, thinly slice a range of meats (such as beef, chicken and fish). To make it easier to slice, partially freeze the meats first, or ask your butcher to do it for you. This will ensure that the meats will cook quickly on the barbecue. For vegetarians, offer sliced tofu instead.
Next, cut up a selection of vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, capsicum, onion, broccoli, snow peas, cauliflower and baby corn. Place each vegetable in a separate container, buffet style.
Offer your guests a range of stir fry sauces to choose from. You can use bottled sauces from the supermarket, or you can make your own Mongolian Barbecue sauce. The recipe below is delicious, and will serve approximately 24 people.
- 10 crushed black peppercorns
- 4 Star Anise
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 cup rice wine or sherry
- 1-2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 3 cups leeks, chopped
- 3 cups cilantro (loosely packed)
- 1 1/2 cups soy sauce
- 6 cups water
- 1 tbsp sugar
How to Make Mongolian Barbecue Sauce:
Simmer the soy sauce, water, peppercorns, anise and garlic for a few minutes in a saucepan, then strain and cool. Add the wine, sugar, ginger, 2 cups of leeks and 2 cups of the cilantro. Simmer a few more minutes, strain, return to pan, and add remaining leeks and cilantro. May be used as a marinade or as a cooking sauce.
Step Two: Select from the Buffet
Invite your guests to make their selection from the buffet using a disposable (biodegradable) plate. Pile up the meat, vegetables and sauces onto the one plate. Children love this part, especially fussy eaters, because they can choose their favourite foods.
Step Three: Cook Your Own on the Barbecue
Toss your selection onto the heated, oiled barbecue and stir fry until the meat is cooked through and the vegetables have softened a little. Several people can cook at once, depending on the size of the barbecue, making this a very social activity. Don’t forget to throw away the disposable plate and use another plate to serve your food on, to avoid contamination from raw meat.
Step Four: Eat and Repeat!
Noodles, rice and nuts make a great accompaniment to the stir fried meat and vegetables. If you are catering for guests following a gluten free diet, be sure to use gluten free soy sauce and offer rice or vermicelli noodles, instead of wheat based noodles. Keep trying different combinations until you perfect your Mongolian barbecue, or until you can’t fit another thing in!