I’d like to think that going to any kind of buffet is an act of rationalizing things which can be defined through this sentence: “the end justifies the means” (from Machiavellian philosophy). The end goal in Mongolian buffet (and other types of buffets) is to have a full stomach but getting there (the means) would require you to experiment and sometimes make you a glutton ;). BUT, on the other hand, I would like to twist it a little bit and say that even though you rationalize things, who says you can’t enjoy the means of achieving your end goal? The Mongolian buffet makes it more interesting because you decide what to put inside your bowl even though there’s only one way of cooking it. There is a variety of ingredients to choose from: meat, seafood, vegetables, rice, noodles. Have it your way,whether you want it to be sweet, spicy or savory. You can even do it more than once!
Every Mongolian rice/noodle bowl looks the same but in my honest opinion, there’s only one thing that stood out. I didn’t find it in Manila but I actually found it at the Azalea Restaurant in One Tagaytay Place. I don’t want to say that it’s the BEST but probably, it’s the best I’ve tasted so far in my entire food blogging life. Thanks to the owners of the hotel who invited us to stay in One Tagaytay Place two weeks ago because we also got the chance to sample their food aside from the accommodation.
My Mongolian bowl consisted of beef, chicken, squid, fish balls, mushrooms, cabbage, cucumber, 2 full spoons of rice, tofu, beansprouts and lots of noodles! I wanted my Mongolian bowl to taste sweet and spicy so the chef suggested that I combine 2 spoons of Hoisin Sauce, 1 spoon of chili garlic sauce and lots of sesame oil.
Their Mongolian buffet costs Php 350 net per person with one round of iced tea. This is only available during Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am – 3 pm and 6 – 9 pm.