Guriltai Shul: How to Make Mongolian Noodle Soup

Mongolian Noodle Soup is locally known as Guriltai Shul. The soup gets its taste from the meat and vegetables used.

Traditionally, the Mongolian cuisine diet mainly consists of meat and dairy products. This diet is because of their ancestors’ primary source of living — livestock. But today, their cuisine has grown through generations that included cereal foods and vegetables in their diets.

Mongolians in most regions serve Mongolian Noodle Soup in all meals. They usually add dumplings in their meals, as well.


  • Author: Romae Chanice Marquez
  • Recipe Category: Main Dish / Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Mongolian

Mongolian Noodle Soup (Guriltai Shul) is part of every Mongolian’s daily life. This recipe uses beef as meat and thick, fried noodles. The whole preparation and cooking time is around 1 hour, and this recipe is suitable for four servings.

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Mongolian Noodle Soup Ingredients

  • 1 large-sized onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped thinly
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped thinly
  • 1 lb. of beef cut into thin pieces
  • 1 cup of tasalsan guril (fried noodles)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Mongolian Noodle Soup Instructions

Step 1: Heat the vegetable oil in a large and deep cooking pot over medium-high heat.

Step 2: Place the onions in the pot, breaking apart the half rounds into individual slices. Saute the onion for at least 3 minutes.

Step 3: Add the vegetables in the pot and stir. Do this until golden brown.

Step 4: Add the beef and fry. Season with salt and pepper, and add more when desired. Keep stirring as you cook for the mixture to come together.

Step 5: Add the fried noodles and water into the pot and cover. Uncover when the liquid boils.

Step 6: Boil the liquid for at least 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning if desired.

Step 7: Serve the soup while hot.

Mongolian Noodle Soup Additional Information

  • If you use beef, each serving has 259 calories, 137 calories from fat, 15g of fat, and 6g of saturated fat.
  • Aside from beef, you can also use sheep meat — meat usually cooked by Mongolians.
  • Mutton, soup, and dumplings have traditionally been served at all meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • A typical meal in Mongolia includes cabbage salad, noodle soup, meat stew, rice, biscuits, and beer.
  • Serves 4, takes approximately 1 hr to prepare/cook.

About Mongolian Noodle Soup Recipe

Foods found in Mongolia are linked to the nomadic traditions of the country and are also affected by food from Russia, China, and other nations in Central Asia. Boiled mutton, Tibetan-style dumplings, and tea mixed with sheep, cow, camel, or horse milk are the staples of the Mongolian diet. A lot of the Mongolian foods are heavy or greasy.

Mongolian Noodle Soup is only one of the many Mongolian representations of their culture. Traditionally, Mongolians use sheep instead of beef. Lots of livestock raised in the country includes wild horses, goats, cows, and sheep.

Mongolian Cuisine is also known for its use of dairy and meat. Mongolians are meat-lovers. That is why most of their foods use different meats. Today, their cuisine has added noodles and vegetables to the table. Some Mongolians find it unusual to eat fish because of a Tibetan custom. Tibetans do not eat fish because they believe that the ocean is sacred.


Russia and China have given much influence to Mongolian Cuisine. The totality of the Mongolian Noodle Soup recipe shapes the way we see Mongolia. Aside from their traditional staple diet — meat and dairy, the method of cooking shows the flexibility of their cuisine.

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