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So hungry I could eat a horse.... (a question about food)

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1. Posted by fracmeister (Budding Member 15 posts) 2y

fracmeister has indicated that this thread is about Kazakhstan

OK, maybe I wasn't that hungry but I sure ate a lot of horse. In Mongolia there was a lot of horse meat but it surely seems horse meat is a much bigger part of Kazakh cuisine than in Mongolia. The Mongolians eat (and cook) so much mutton that everything in local restaurants smelled and tasted like mutton.

Here is the question. In which country is eating horse meat the most characteristic part of the cuisine and culture? Like mussels in Belgium or feijoada in Brazil, which country most associates horse meat as a national dish? I assume Besbarmak in Kazakhstan has to be a contender!

Thanks

2. Posted by Gear_Spoke (Inactive 47 posts) 2y

Horsemeat is actually pretty healthy if you can get past the image of a filly's kind, soulful eyes looking at you. The meat is lean, finely textured, slightly sweet, rich in protein, and tender. In Quebec and European countries, only horse butchers can sell horsemeat, and it is sold in the form of minced meat, sausages, steaks, and brochettes. Montreal is particularly fond of this meat, and butchers that specialize in it have become increasingly busy in recent years because of the spread of mad cow disease.

3. Posted by Hachiko (Full Member 34 posts) 2y

I would have thought that Kazakhstan and Mongolia were the two biggest contenders for that prize?
When asked, my Mongolian friends will unanimously say that horse meat is the Mongolian national food, despite the fact that they do eat more mutton.

4. Posted by Gear_Spoke (Inactive 47 posts) 2y

You probably are right, when you ask google this was their answer lol

"In many other nations, however, eating horse meat is no big deal - and in some cultures, it's even considered a delicacy. Mexico, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Japan, Germany, Indonesia, Poland and China are among the nations where many people eat horse meat without a second thought."

My answer most likely is outdated and something I must have hear a while ago. May I ask what they said horse meat tasted like?

5. Posted by fracmeister (Budding Member 15 posts) 2y

Well, I ate plenty of horse. Steaks, sausages, burgers beĊŸbarmaq and more. It mainly tastes like beef but the steaks were pretty lean and maybe a touch sweet. The Kazakhs tend to eat their steaks well done s

I just tried the steak. It tasted like overcooked beef.

NOT like chicken

6. Posted by Hachiko (Full Member 34 posts) 2y

Really? I had thinly sliced horse belly in a hotpot and it was really tender! (And, yes, a tad sweet). Do you know what parts of the horse you had?