10.058 Tsuiwan


4 (Mon) March 2019



at Springs Hotel

room service

-Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia-


Mission to Mongolia, Day 2 (see previously 10.057 Hindu Meal).

In Ulaanbaatar.  As part of a coordinated region-wide retreat to work on the new Regional Director’s vision for the future – Tue to Thu – I’ve been deployed to facilitate the proceedings at the Mongolia Country Office.  Could be construed as a recognition of my skills as a facilitator, but probably isn’t.  Anyway, happy to be in Mongolia for the first time.

Spent Monday meeting with focal points in the country office to prepare.

Afterwards, room service for dinner.

Always grateful for the option of room service (not a given in many of the countries where I’ve traveled for work), even better when local dishes are available.

Tsuiwan is a Mongolian dish.  Flour noodles, typically hand-made – similar to Korean kalgusku – first boiled, then stir-fried with sliced beef/lamb and vegetables.

Perhaps just here, but I found the dish to be dry and flavorless.

Khuushur (3.0)


By good fortune – not entirely a matter of luck, as Ulaanbaatar apparently has a lot of Korean social infrastructure – Springs Hotel hosts a Korean restaurant: Haenbuk – oddly transcribed into English, in Korean = “헹복 (haengbok)” or “happiness.”

If I worked at the Mongolian country office, I would presumably eat here quite often for lunch.

At current exchange rates, USD 1 = approx MNT (Mongolian tögrög) 2,500, so 16,900 MNT = USD 6.70, which seems kinda reasonable but is actually quite pricy compared to the cost of local dishes, even at room service rates (see above).

And with that, Mongolia becomes the 15th country and Ulaanbaatar becomes the 32nd city outside of Korea where I’ve had Korean food (see KOREAN ABROAD).

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