Tasting Mongolian horsemeat at S
Tasting Mongolian horsemeat at Seventeen Saloon
Horsemeat is a very
nutri-tious yet a hard-to-find food in the menus of restaurants in HCM City.
There are venues, however, and one of them is the Seventeen Saloon Restaurant at
103A Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1.
Those who want to taste this kind of meat in order to see if there is any
difference with the other kinds will be satisfied when they come to the
restaurant, which serves the meat imported from the remote Mongolian steppes.
Says a leaflet in the
restaurant: �Horse meat is a very important ingredient and the main course of
Mongolian people in their daily meals. Horse is the tireless animal riding all
over the steppes and it can endure the harshness of nature.
Therefore, the Mongols believe that eating horsemeat helps children become
stronger, the young men more robust and the old men have no more pain in the
bones and live longer.� The leaflet also goes into statistics to specify that
horsemeat contains 21.5% of protein, 5 to 7% of lipid, vitamins and mineral
Nguyen Huu Hai,
general manager, says: �Transporting and reserving horsemeat from Mongolia to
Vietnam is not easy. Moreover, cooking the meat is unusual to the cooks.
However, making the difference and bringing excitement to guests are our
In fact, the
restaurant has sent its cooks to Mongolia to learn the traditional cooking there
and research the horsemeat menus from other various countries. The restaurant
brings to life a unique horsemeat menu that is said to be unique in this city.
Diners may be surprised at a wide range of dishes in the menu, including Lucky
horse (diced horse meat), Napoleon horse (horse steak), Spicy Sauteed horse
fillet in Mexican style, fried horse fillet with curry sauce filler roll
W.coriander, and rolled horse fillet with cheese to name but a few.
horsemeat is the delicacy of the restaurant, the style and the landscape of its
interior decoration reflects the wilderness of the Far West in the United
States. Thus, it is also called the Far West Inn. Two statues of the Indian
standing in the front gate with their masks fitted with feathers, the yellow
dried corns, the hurricane lamps, long-barrel revolvers, and bull heads hung
here and there in the restaurant remind guests of the memory of an unstable land
in the American history.
Seventeen Saloon is
the two-floor iron wood house. Other furniture items and decorations in the
house from tables and chairs, ceilings, the wine cabinet, the bar, cashier area
to menus and ashtrays are all made of wood. The central position in the
restaurant is the wooden stage designed with the shape of a huge barrel. Every
night, country, flamenco, salsa melodies and hot Latin dance are performed by
The Three Notes band from the Philippines here.
Guests who prefer a
more quiet place can choose the air-conditioned VIP room named the �Sheriff
Office� that can seat twelve persons, while those like the fresh air can choose
tables along the balcony in the first floor of the restaurant. Sitting at this
place, guests can enjoy the green of trees and grass in the Sept 23rd Park or
watch the traffic lane in the most spacious and quiet street of the city.
restaurant served not only Mongolian horsemeat but also other various American
dishes such as Far West seafood, cowboy roasted lamb leg with garlic, grilled
pork ribs in Texas style, cowboy hot pot, spaghetti and other Asian dishes.
Especially, the meal will be served after only five minutes of order.
Saloon is open from 10 a.m to 2 a.m. Diners who want to book a place can call
(08) 914 0007 or fax to (08) 914 0008.