Posted in The Flavors of Asia

Mongolian Bowls: The Healthier Way to Refuel

Meat, veg, carbs - all in one convenient, scrummy package

If, like me, you’re all plum-tuckered out from the stress that comes with preparing for the Holidays, chances are that you’ll be as hungry as a hunter and as surly as a bear.  Your energy is seriously depleted, you’re bone-tired, and the crowds have more or less frayed your nerves.

That said, I would suggest that you don’t grab a quick burger combo at the nearest fast-food joint.  You do not need all that extra fat and the miserly amount of food won’t go far when it comes to refueling your body.  Instead, you need a whopping vitamin boost to get you going.  This does not, of course, mean that you ought to consider a salad for lunch.  I never said anything about eating light here!

Instead, try a Mongolian bowl for lunch.  Whether you get it from the CaterPro Cafeteria over at the Citibank Tower or at any Mongolian Quick-stop stall at your local food court, it’s the best choice for setting your system to rights if you’re doing something stressful.  You get a good selection of vegetables, that’s for sure: julienned carrots and white radish, shredded cabbage and Savoy cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, and spring onions all add zing to your step and draw those stress-caused toxins out of your body.  A bit of beef or seafood adds much-needed iron and iodine to the mix.  You can have rice or noodles – perhaps both – for some well-deserved carbo-loading, too.

And it isn’t just healthy, it tastes wonderful, too.  🙂



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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