Official name: Mongolia a.k.a. ᠮᠤᠩᠭᠤᠯ ᠤᠯᠤᠰ, Monggol Ulus and Монгол Улс, Mongol Uls
Essential vocab: Thanks: Bayklalaah // Vodka please!: arkhi uu ! // Cheers: Togtooy! Or Erüül mendiin tölöö!
Brews of note: Süütei Tsai – salted milk tea // Mongolian vodka – our pick is Chinggis // Airag – fermented horse mares milk. Only for the brave
Favourite Bites: Khuushuur – fried mutton dumplings // Boodog – Whole goat roasted in the skin, deboned and insides removed, stuffed with hot river stones to help cook from the inside.
Random fact: It’s customary to expose your arm to your elbow when toasting (always with your right hand!) and touch your right elbow with your left hand – this shows you are not hiding anything (weapons or poison) up your sleeve