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Naren

Updated: 2014-03-28
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Naren is a typical local dish in the grasslands, and is made by the Kazakhs to offer to their guests.

Also named Hand-grasping meat, Naren is very well-cooked mutton. The freshly slaughtered sheep is cut into large pieces and then stewed for hours. To maintain its original flavor, no other seasonings except for salt is added to the stewed meat. When the cooking is done, the broth is kept back for cooking noodles. The mutton is cut into smaller pieces to which are added relishes such as onion juice or mashed garlic, and it all then gets mixed with the cooked noodles. By now the completed Naren can be served, and people eat the meat with their hands.

The broth, named Xiaoerpa, is also very tasty. The Kazakhs treat each guest to a small bowl of the broth after Naren is served. And the guests take small sips to fully enjoy its delicious taste.