A Taste of Mongolia ~~ Tsuivan

Tsuivan is one of our favorite foods here in Mongolia. It is a noodle dish that includes onion (leek in the video), vegetables and meat. I have had several people here in Mongolia tell me how to make tsuivan, and I’ll share a recipe below, but first, I want to share this fun video of a ger family making tsuivan.


Shopping list

  • 1 pkg uncooked tortillas (from Costco) or make your own flour noodles
  • Your choice of meat: beef, mutton, camel or horse (we have never seen chicken or pork used here in Mongolia, unless we are eating at a Korean or Chinese restaurant.)
  • Potatoes, carrots, green peppers, yellow peppers and red peppers
  • Garlic cloves
  • Yellow onion or leek
  • Soy sauce, salt, pepper and sugar


  1. Spread a thin layer of oil between sheets of tortillas and then slice into long thin strips
  2. Set aside
  3. Cut a medium onion in half, place halves face down and cut from top to bottom (making long thin onion slices), or use a leek and julienne it.
  4. Cook onion in a large frying pan (that has a lid) with a couple of tsp. of oil
  5. Add chopped garlic
  6. Julienne potatoes, carrots, green pepper, yellow pepper and red pepper
  7. Put vegetables and sliced meat into the frying pan and cook until the veggies are soft and the meat is cooked
  8. Add your choice of broth or water until vegetables are covered
  9. Add 1-2 tsp. of soy sauce (this is not Chinese food!), salt and pepper to taste (tsuivan is typically pretty peppery) and a tsp of sugar
  10. Place the noodles on top of broth (but they should not be submersed)
  11. Immediately place a tight lid on top of pan so that the broth will steam the noodles
  12. When the noodles look done, mix in the meat, broth and veggies into the noodles and serve


1 Response

  1. Ginger says:

    How very nice that you can try new things in your adventurous lifestyle. I think I would starve there or die if I ate, since most of the things in this recipe don’t agree with my system. Nevertheless, I have to agree: it looks delicious.