Mongolia is largely spared by the coronavirus. Some credit Genghis Khan
As the coronavirus ravages the globe, Mongolia has been a curious outlier. Despite bordering China, the outbreak’s initial epicenter, Mongolia has recorded zero deaths and just over 200 infections. All patients have been imported; not a single person was infected inside the country. Many Mongolians attribute this low number of cases – 204 as of Saturday – to clean air and a steady diet of natural, free-range meat and milk. They also believe that generations of constant work, riding horses, herding sheep and surviving dramatic temperature swings, from -76°F to 113°F (-60°C to 45°C), have made them more resistant to disease. Then there is the legacy of Genghis Khan, which some Mongolians belie
Mongolia’s own Anthony Bourdain brings Mongolian food to the world
On March 7, a package arrived at Javkhlantugs Ragchaasuren’s office in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Inside was a congratulatory plaque from YouTube: his channel, ArtGer, had surpassed the 100,000-subscriber mark. The milestone is a commendable achievement for any new media platform, but for a channel dedicated to sharing the rela­tively unknown culture of Mongolia, it was a triumph. Yet it was perhaps not a surprise considering ArtGer’s flagship program, Nargie’s Mongolian Cuisine, is one of the most engaging yet bizarre food shows on any medium – anywhere. In each episode, Nargie, whose full name is Naranbaatar Tsambakhorloo, travels to a region of Mongolia, meets someone who is known for being a