I just finished a book called “Genghis Khan and the making of the Modern World”. It was very good and I would recommend it. That isn’t why I’m posting. Apparently, the Mongols were very big on fermented milk. I cannot even begin to imagine how that would taste. I figured if I had any hope of finding someone that would have tasted it, it would be on this forum. I raise it to the collective wisdom. Anyone tried fermented milk?
Wow, never thought I’d find a reference to that book on this forum! It was a terrific book, very informative, well researched and more important very readable for a history book. I don’t remember anything about the fermented milk though, but it sounds terrible.
I found the following on the people’s reference:
It seems it is no easy task to milk a mare. I can’t even imagine it after a Friday of drinking.
Yeah Kumis is quite popular in Southern Russia and other South-East nations of the former USSR. A relic of Mongol past. From those who have had it (my mother) it tastes like kefir (buttermilk). I guess if you want to approximate it, go to your grocery, buy some buttermilk, add a little seltzer and vodka to it and you’re good to go. Mare milk isn’t such a rare product either…
On a second thought, I’m currently in communication with a man in Norway regarding old Scandinavian brewing traditions and he mentioned something like kumis as well. It seems that in Norway a version of Saison for farm workers involved fermented milk or mixing fermented milk with smoky beers of that area.
Andrew Zimmern did a Bizarre Foods episode on the Travel Channel in Mongolia. One of the things he tried was “Airag” or fermented mares milk. Here’s the link to the photos from the episode.http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/b ... s/mongolia
Just get a plain yogurt and add a shot of vodka, shake well, and then strain it through a dirty gym sock into a glass - same thing.