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Our Final Meal

Shockingly, Mongolia’s capital delivers some of the best Korean food we’ve ever had.

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Gravy Makes a World of Difference

After riding on a bus for 12 hours with locals who don’t eat, we finally have some mutton with gravy.

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Our Car Receives a Mortal Blow

But at least we found a place to eat scrambled eggs.

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Desperate Enough to Eat Sheep Off the Floor

We choose our restaurant based on which one has a more tasteful window display of bloody animal parts.

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At Least the Goatherd Liked It

Driving very, very slowly across Mongolia, we eat really bad fish sandwiches and share them with a passing stranger.

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That Guy Killed Our Dinner!

Sometimes it’s better not to know where your food came from. Particularly when you’ve just lost at arm-wrestling to the man who hunted it down.

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Nomad Hospitality

It’s fun to party in a yurt, but it’ll cost you.

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My MacGyver Moment

A caffeine addict will do anything to get his fix—even make coffee with ragged old underwear.

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Horse Jerky, the Perfect Drunken Food

We miss the Mongolian border crossing and have to dip into our sketchiest dried provision.

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Kebab-Flavored Snack Food

We’re down to the dregs of our supplies again, after being grossed out by offal in an outdoor market.

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No Fat, No Gristle

We can’t find a decent road to save our lives, but finally we get some good kebabs.

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On the 13th Day, God Made Malls

Escalators, security guards, off-brand McDonald’s and fake Starbucks—heaven? No, a mall in Kazakhstan!

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Milk-Ball Bricks in Kyrgyzstan

Yet another food I don’t recognize, and decide to try.

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Imodium, Sweet Imodium

Our stomachs ruined from last night’s party, it’s our only nutritional intake.

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Partying with Mr. Babahana

Before he got sick of us, our host treated us to horse meat, vodka, and a place to sleep.

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Man Cannot Live on Melon Alone

He must also have sour goat milk soup. Especially when those are the only things available along the roadside of Uzbekistan.

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Wal-Mart on Acid

Bugs Meany’s car breaks down, leading to an exploration of a crazy outdoor food market. Only $1.50 for a feast of treats.

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Rusted Ships and Drunken Cops

In a washed-up former shipping port, we drink cold noodle soup to beat the heat and do vodka shots with the local police.

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A Seismic Shift in Roadside Dining

It’s very hot, but crossing into Uzbekistan, we’re starting to see some better grub.

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Waiter, There’s a Spider in My Soup

At the Uzbekistan border, we get more borscht, plus a little something extra.

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More Mystery Meat in Kazakhstan

Unforgiving sun, potholed dirt roads, a plywood table, and some kind of organ meat.

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