Is it just me or does anyone else struggle with the popularity of Mongolian bbq's? Yes, they were kind of cool and sort of fun about 15 years ago. But, why do they stay in business? I definitely don't go out to do my own cooking. And, yes, I know you don't do your own cooking at a Mongolian BBQ, I also am not very interested in having my collection of stir fried items mixed and mingled in with so many other people's food on that gigantic griddle.
Oh, I know, I have no idea what happens to my food behind the kitchen doors, but.... while I get that there is something nice about hand selecting what goes into a stir fry, why is it up to me to determine exactly how much sauce and oil will be part of my food? Yes, even if there are flavor recipe cards available. And, how much flavor transfer happens through those metal yard sticks that act as the frying utensils? Did I really want some peanut sauce and shell fish in with my teriyaki beef? No. No, I did not.
So, out with the sales person I was travelling with, and he wants to go to the Mongolian BBQ that was right next to our hotel. Blah. Is there volume? Sure. Can I scrap a bowl if I don't enjoy it? Definitely. It is good grub? No, definitely not.