Mongolian food typically consists of animal fats, dairy products and meat, according to Discover Mongolia. The country's cuisine is significantly influenced by the extreme climate, which dictates sparing use of vegetables and spices.
Mongolian food is influenced by Chinese and Russian cuisines, yet retains its own distinct character. Domesticated cattle, horses, sheep and yaks are the source of most Mongolian food. Meat is baked, grilled or used in dumplings and soups. Animal fat is an important part of the Mongolian diet, helping the natives withstand the cold temperatures. Dairy products made in Mongolia include a wide range of drinks, cheese, curds and butter.