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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Airag @ Ulanbaatar, Mongolia
Just got back from Mongolia and I found something special to share with you.
What you see in the above photo is a bowl of milk. It is not your usual milk and you can't find it in any other part of the world. Just in Mongolia and during summer.
As with the title, it is call airag or fermented horse (mare) milk. It is Mongolia's national drink and definitely an acquired taste as it is damn sour. If you are going to Mongolia and wish to try when you are there, do prepare yourself by getting accustomed to sour milk. If you didnt prepare yourself, the first time that you drink it, you might have diarheaa until your stomach get used to it.
Also, please be advise that even with the assurance of the seller that it is just milk, it would have abit of alcohol content in it (I guess it was due to the fermentation process). The alcohol content would usually be lower than beer. Still, if you can't drink, better don't try.
Video of me drinking airag -
Yes, that's me drinking airag. Sorry I was speaking in Hokkien in the video. I was saying "horse's milk. I am drinking".