While you will find horse meat in stores and butchery shops, the main types of meat Mongolians usually consume are mutton, beef, and sometimes goat.

Mongolians do eat horse meat once in a while, but compared with other Central Asian cultures, not as much. There is a negative stigma attached to the idea of eating horse meat because horses are revered and celebrated in Mongolian culture.

From building statues for the great racing horses to writing songs, a Mongolian’s best friend is the horse. The Mongolian horse served a vital role in Chinggis Khaan’s army. The old Mongol armies consisted of cavalry and cavalry archers. Even during World War 2, Mongolia had divisions of cavalry that served in the battle of Khalkha Gol.

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