Monday, February 8, 2010

Mongolian Eats

This weekend I managed to completely avoid cooking anything at all. I was in the kitchen for a total of 10 minutes - just long enough to place already cooked food on plates and to make coffee and tea. I had meant to cook a pot roast and blog about it, but Lydia reminded me that it was Super Bowl Sunday and a perfect time to go out to dinner (she is writing about our yummy meal out). Friday night, Lydia and I decided to cheer on the Washington Stealth, our professional indoor lacrosse team (the best in the league too). Before the game, we kicked around various restaurants and decided that Chang's Mongolian Grill would be the perfect accompaniment to the game!

The Food Line on a Friday!

Chang's is always a fun place to go. It is very reasonably priced (cheap), you can pick out food any combinations you want and it is all you can eat. The only thing you have to worry about is the possibility of a crowd - waiting for a table or waiting for your food to cook. The premise is you order your drink, pick a soup (hot and sour or egg flower), then grab a bowl or 2 and head to the food line. There, you add all sorts of meats, vegetables, noodles and sauces and then you hand it over to the cook where they cook it in front of you on the Mongolian grill. For dinners, they have all sorts of meats and seafood - lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, fish, squid, and shrimp (lunches don't have the seafood options).

Noodle Yum!

Lydia and I usually start out with 2 bowls, one for the meat and one for the rest. After it is cooked up, you can top it off with sesame seeds, chili flakes, soy sauce, plum sauce and/or chili sauce. Once back at the table, there are rice wrappers and rice to complete your meal. We both like the sesame seeds on top. Lydia likes to wrap hers up in the rice wrappers with a little plum sauce, while I like hot off the grill with a bit of plum sauce. We both skip the soup too - it is not very flavorful and we like to head right to the line!

To end the meal, they also offer soft serve vanilla ice cream and a fortune cookie - both are included in the price. Again, we opted out of the ice cream and chose the fortune cookies instead!

We hit Chang's at the perfect time on Friday - we got there at about 5:45 pm and did not have to wait at all. By the time we left, there were lines to get a table and lines to go through the line and have everything cooked up. We headed to the Stealth game, where the Stealth beat the Minnesota Swarm and kept their undefeated record. Another fun night out!

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