Food: Breakfast and lunch were the important meals
of the day. Some of the things they ate were mutton, milk, rice,
flour, and yogurt. Their food was called Tsagan-ide (white food).
Stones: Food was cooked over a fire. To bake food,
they placed meat and bread dough on hot stones that had been placed near or in
To make fire, they did not use wood. Wood was scarce on the steppes. Instead, they used dried animal dung. If you were a Mongol child in ancient times, it would have been one of your jobs
to collect animal dung and set it out to dry.
Tea: Tea with salt was their main beverage. Sometimes they added milk, butter and flour to their tea, which turned a
cup of tea into a warm and nourishing soup. They drank tea at breakfast,
lunch, and dinner.
Even today, if you visited a modern Mongol family, you might be offered a cup of nourishing salty tea.
- White Food and More White Food
Mongols for Kids Index