Events & Naadam
Kazakhs are the second largest ethnic group within modern day Mongolia who were allowed to settle lands in Western Mongolia in the XX century due to persecutions they were facing in Xinjian.
As of today, the Kazakhs in Mongolia play a large role in preserving traditional nomadic culture and are widely known for their Eagle Hunting practices.
Aside from it, they also have their unique dishes that can peak a lot of interest in travelers. One of those is Kaz or Kazy which is widely enjoyed during one of their most favorite holidays Nauryz.
Nauryz consists of two words that mean “New Day”. “Nau” meaning “new” and “ryz” meaning “day” are words of Persian origin. Nauryz, taking place when the day time equals the night time, is an ancient holiday that celebrates the passing of winter and welcoming spring time. Kaz is the main dish of the Nauriz Holiday. It is the most highly regarded dish of the Dastarhan holiday.
In short, Kaz is a natural sausage type dish, made from horse meat, that has no chemicals in it, is beneficial for health and is quite tasty. It is mostly made from rib meat of the horse. Seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic; it is stuffed into a horse casing forming a long rope like form and resembles a sausage.
Quick facts about horse meat:
- Rich in protein, valine, phenylalanine, methionic acid, cystine, asparagine, serine, glutamine, and tyrosine; which are more abundant than in beef.
- Horse meat is considered to be a very high-quality protein source
- Because of the high content of glutamic acid, albumin, globulin and myogenic proteins, meat has good nutrition and digestibility.
Due to the above, horse meat has digestibility comparable to that of bird meat and fish. Hence it has been traditionally consumed in the coldest days of winter.