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Host: Bee and Soy

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

USD
$92 per person

Cooking class in a traditional Ger home in the suburbs of Ulaanbaatar

Host offerings
  • Rural farmhouse
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Bee and Soy

Begzsuren and his wife, Mungunsoyombo (Bee and Soy) learned how to cook from an early age, from their families. Soy learned how to make traditional food healthier from her experience in nutritional studies. They live with their three children in a traditional Ger house. Bee and his family have been hosting travelers since 2008 and they enjoy meeting people from all over the world, sharing more about Mongolian food and culture. Bee and Soy are also passionate about traveling, fitness and eating healthy.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) This experience takes place in a traditional Ger home in the suburbs of Ulaanbaatar - 5kms from city center. A Ger is a portable, round tent covered with felt and used as a dwelling place in Central Asia. Bee and Soy will welcomed you with some warm nettle tea that Bee forages from a nearby mountain. After Bee introduces to Mongolian life and culture, join them for a traditional meal that may include dishes such as handmade noodle soup, carrot salad, rice with raisins and steamed dumplings. You will end your experience with a very interesting game called shagai (knuckle bone), which a family favorite!

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Soy for a 2-hours cooking experience and learn to make two traditional Mongolian dishes. Learn to make dishes such as steamed dumplings and noodle soup using fresh ingredients and family recipes. Bee and Soy are excited to share their culture through food and offer a traditional cooking class in Ulaanbaatar.

Notes: English is Begzsuren's second language and he may not always follow what you're saying, so do speak slowly. His children are studying English and enjoy being able to practice their English with travelers. Bee and Soy can offer a vegetarian meal on request, please inform them in advance while booking your Mongolian cooking class online.

Return transportation is included in the cost of the experience, so please include your hotel name and address when you book online.

Languages spoken: Mongolian, English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Handmade noodle soup
  • Steamed dumplings
  • Rice with raisins
  • Carrot salad
WHAT WE LOVE
A Traveling Spoon team member has visited this host. Our favorite parts of this experience:
  • So happy I began my Ulaanbataar trip with Bee & Soy. Truly lovely people that welcomed me into their home, told me about their community, about how they live & about the food they love. Bee met me in hotel reception as arranged, we took a ‘taxi’, a local bus, then a short walk backwards up a hill and arrived at their Ger. Had good conversation, cooked, ate with his family, & learnt about Mongolia. Thank you so much Bee & Soy

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

The excitement of this adventurous visit began with our bus ride out of the center of Ulanbaataar. On the way to Begzsuren’s home we saw how the locals lived by seeing a different way of life than what we had seen in the city. We made our way to his traditional Ger where his wife greeted us. Soon after, Begzsuren arrived with a kettle of water that he had gathered from the well up the hill from his home. Being inside the ger home was an incredible experience. We learned about how families live throughout the year. The ambience in Begzsuren’s home was very traditional and real. I felt as if I were in the middle of the gobi dessert with a nomadic family, which I loved. My favorite thing about the experience was being able to have lunch in a traditional Mongolian home.

Marc and Bavly, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (12)
This was the most amazing family to serve as ambassadors for Mongolia. Recommend to all travellers. I hope they continue this experience for many years.
- 125 peninsula July 07, 2024
If this is the only adventure you do in Ulaanbaatar, you would not regret it. Felt like a friend of a friends family welcomed me into their home, not an “organized online tour”. Originally, I thought how authentic and unique can we get if we are going through a worldwide booking company for an adventure. Much like most of you reading these reviews, you’ve been on many organized tours that barely scraped the surface and left you wanting more. What this felt like was, a friend of a friend organized for me to hang out with their family for 6 hours. That’s what this felt like and that’s exactly what most of us are after if we are traveling to remote places like Mongolia. How many of your friends and family have ever been to Mongolia before? I don’t know anybody and everybody I’ve spoken to that are my friends and family also do not know anybody that has been either. This experience was absolutely essential to my travel experience. Bee and Soy are the most beautiful welcoming humans ever. We started off with a hotel pick up which involved getting a taxi to their home on the outskirts in gher district. Soy Provided us with some snacks as Bee and I sat down To chat. He taught me a lot about the gher that they live in. We eventually started working on the main course which was sheep heart and sheep rump dumplings, and soup. It was so incredible to learn about the meet that we were preparing and the importance of not wasting anything. As we ate, we talked about Mongolia even more. After dinner Bee and Soy sang songs to help digest, what a delight! Bee Showed me some bones and the importance of keeping them as the Mongolians use bones for so many things, including games, fasteners, and toys. We eventually made our way out of the gher to head back to my hotel. I cannot recommend this tour enough and I’ve never left such a glowing review for any organized trip before. If you are in the area and have an afternoon/evening available, this would be the best option.
- Kristin_M May 22, 2024
This was by far the BEST time we had in Mongolia! Simply incredible! To be able to go to the Ger District and learn so much aboit Mongolian culture. Soy is a great cook. Bee truly loves what he does. We learned to cook traditional Mongolian food that we later saw in restaurants, they sang traditional Mongolian songs for us and brought tears to my eyes. And they even prepared a gift for us. I wish l could tell everyone to go to Mongolia.
- L5353ZS January 14, 2024
Bee and Soy from start to finish. Me and my wife are out of words to this unforgettable experience. Traveler’s, if in Mongolia please do not hesitate to have reservations with them. Really, the nomadic culture in Mongolia is extremely magnificent. Thanks again, Bee and Soy!
- John_U September 30, 2023
It was truly a local and authentic experience. My hosts Soy and Bee reached out to me to confirm details once I have booked and they were punctual on the day itself. I learnt to make local dishes from scratch and they were extremely patient with me. I was also able to see a part of town where many locals live as opposed to the touristy part in the main city centre. This tour offers valuable insight into the real ger life and I would highly recommend this for those who are interested in the real local culture.
- YuenSa May 04, 2023
I learned a lot from Bee and Soy's detailed and caring hospitality and explanations! The steamed dumplings and noodles made in their cozy traditional Mongolian ger were really delicious. It's not easy to find lamb in Korea, so I don't know if I can make it the same way, but I'll definitely try the way Soy taught me. Bee has a good understanding of the Korean sentiment of Han and is one of the smartest and wisest people I have ever met. After class, we ate dumplings and noodles, and had a great time listening to Mongolian songs by Soy and Bee and playing traditional games. May Soyi and Rain always be happy and healthy!
- Tourist7 April 22, 2023
I really had a wonderful and extraordinary experience with Bee and Soy. They are so warm, wise & intelligent and tauhgt me the traditional steamed dumpling and noodle soup systematically and in detail. Both 2 dishes were so good and I will try to make them my home. Bee told me many Mongolian tradition. After dinner, we played very interesting Mongolian traditional games with the sheep bones and Bee and Soy sang some Mongolian songs for me! It was very impressive that Bee knew some of Korean basic emotion. Thank you very much Bee & Soy and Travelingspoon, I had a really enjoyed that class!
- Jaeyeon April 22, 2023
Bee and Soy made me feel so welcome in their home. I was grateful they could accommodate my vegetarian diet. Not only was the food delicious, but I learned so much about Mongolian culture and traditions. Bee also walked me around the neighborhood after lunch. This was my favorite experience in Mongolia.
- Melanie April 10, 2023
This was a great half day experience. Soy and Bee were the best hosts and it truly was a cultural experience. Also very close to UB city center.
- ademida April 09, 2023
Spending one afternoon with Bee and Soy was amazing. Such warm people. A wonderful insight in Mongolian culture and life (and food).
- kjetilj20 April 03, 2023
We were at Bee and Soy house as a guests. They were really nice and shared with us everything they have. Thanks for your hospitality.
- July 26, 2022
This was a wonderful experience. Be and Soy were delightful hosts. They were so unpretentious and hospitable, sharing their colorful and homey ger with us as if we were old friends. They cheerfully showed all the steps to making 2 traditional dishes from scratch, patiently allowing us to fumble along. Despite our amateurish assistance, the dishes turned out to be the best we've had.
- BSansom July 19, 2022
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Bee and Soy

$92 USD

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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $92 Not offered
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $92 Not offered
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:30am-2:30pm 2:30pm-7:30pm

Meet Bee and Soy

Begzsuren and his wife, Mungunsoyombo (Bee and Soy) learned how to cook from an early age, from their families. Soy learned how to make traditional food healthier from her experience in nutritional studies. They live with their three children in a traditional Ger house. Bee and his family have been hosting travelers since 2008 and they enjoy meeting people from all over the world, sharing more about Mongolian food and culture. Bee and Soy are also passionate about traveling, fitness and eating healthy.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) This experience takes place in a traditional Ger home in the suburbs of Ulaanbaatar - 5kms from city center. A Ger is a portable, round tent covered with felt and used as a dwelling place in Central Asia. Bee and Soy will welcomed you with some warm nettle tea that Bee forages from a nearby mountain. After Bee introduces to Mongolian life and culture, join them for a traditional meal that may include dishes such as handmade noodle soup, carrot salad, rice with raisins and steamed dumplings. You will end your experience with a very interesting game called shagai (knuckle bone), which a family favorite!

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Soy for a 2-hours cooking experience and learn to make two traditional Mongolian dishes. Learn to make dishes such as steamed dumplings and noodle soup using fresh ingredients and family recipes. Bee and Soy are excited to share their culture through food and offer a traditional cooking class in Ulaanbaatar.

Notes: English is Begzsuren's second language and he may not always follow what you're saying, so do speak slowly. His children are studying English and enjoy being able to practice their English with travelers. Bee and Soy can offer a vegetarian meal on request, please inform them in advance while booking your Mongolian cooking class online.

Return transportation is included in the cost of the experience, so please include your hotel name and address when you book online.

Languages spoken: Mongolian, English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Handmade noodle soup
  • Steamed dumplings
  • Rice with raisins
  • Carrot salad
WHAT WE LOVE
A Traveling Spoon team member has visited this host. Our favorite parts of this experience:
  • So happy I began my Ulaanbataar trip with Bee & Soy. Truly lovely people that welcomed me into their home, told me about their community, about how they live & about the food they love. Bee met me in hotel reception as arranged, we took a ‘taxi’, a local bus, then a short walk backwards up a hill and arrived at their Ger. Had good conversation, cooked, ate with his family, & learnt about Mongolia. Thank you so much Bee & Soy

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

The excitement of this adventurous visit began with our bus ride out of the center of Ulanbaataar. On the way to Begzsuren’s home we saw how the locals lived by seeing a different way of life than what we had seen in the city. We made our way to his traditional Ger where his wife greeted us. Soon after, Begzsuren arrived with a kettle of water that he had gathered from the well up the hill from his home. Being inside the ger home was an incredible experience. We learned about how families live throughout the year. The ambience in Begzsuren’s home was very traditional and real. I felt as if I were in the middle of the gobi dessert with a nomadic family, which I loved. My favorite thing about the experience was being able to have lunch in a traditional Mongolian home.

Marc and Bavly, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (12)
This was the most amazing family to serve as ambassadors for Mongolia. Recommend to all travellers. I hope they continue this experience for many years.
- 125 peninsula July 07, 2024
If this is the only adventure you do in Ulaanbaatar, you would not regret it. Felt like a friend of a friends family welcomed me into their home, not an “organized online tour”. Originally, I thought how authentic and unique can we get if we are going through a worldwide booking company for an adventure. Much like most of you reading these reviews, you’ve been on many organized tours that barely scraped the surface and left you wanting more. What this felt like was, a friend of a friend organized for me to hang out with their family for 6 hours. That’s what this felt like and that’s exactly what most of us are after if we are traveling to remote places like Mongolia. How many of your friends and family have ever been to Mongolia before? I don’t know anybody and everybody I’ve spoken to that are my friends and family also do not know anybody that has been either. This experience was absolutely essential to my travel experience. Bee and Soy are the most beautiful welcoming humans ever. We started off with a hotel pick up which involved getting a taxi to their home on the outskirts in gher district. Soy Provided us with some snacks as Bee and I sat down To chat. He taught me a lot about the gher that they live in. We eventually started working on the main course which was sheep heart and sheep rump dumplings, and soup. It was so incredible to learn about the meet that we were preparing and the importance of not wasting anything. As we ate, we talked about Mongolia even more. After dinner Bee and Soy sang songs to help digest, what a delight! Bee Showed me some bones and the importance of keeping them as the Mongolians use bones for so many things, including games, fasteners, and toys. We eventually made our way out of the gher to head back to my hotel. I cannot recommend this tour enough and I’ve never left such a glowing review for any organized trip before. If you are in the area and have an afternoon/evening available, this would be the best option.
- Kristin_M May 22, 2024
This was by far the BEST time we had in Mongolia! Simply incredible! To be able to go to the Ger District and learn so much aboit Mongolian culture. Soy is a great cook. Bee truly loves what he does. We learned to cook traditional Mongolian food that we later saw in restaurants, they sang traditional Mongolian songs for us and brought tears to my eyes. And they even prepared a gift for us. I wish l could tell everyone to go to Mongolia.
- L5353ZS January 14, 2024
Bee and Soy from start to finish. Me and my wife are out of words to this unforgettable experience. Traveler’s, if in Mongolia please do not hesitate to have reservations with them. Really, the nomadic culture in Mongolia is extremely magnificent. Thanks again, Bee and Soy!
- John_U September 30, 2023
It was truly a local and authentic experience. My hosts Soy and Bee reached out to me to confirm details once I have booked and they were punctual on the day itself. I learnt to make local dishes from scratch and they were extremely patient with me. I was also able to see a part of town where many locals live as opposed to the touristy part in the main city centre. This tour offers valuable insight into the real ger life and I would highly recommend this for those who are interested in the real local culture.
- YuenSa May 04, 2023
I learned a lot from Bee and Soy's detailed and caring hospitality and explanations! The steamed dumplings and noodles made in their cozy traditional Mongolian ger were really delicious. It's not easy to find lamb in Korea, so I don't know if I can make it the same way, but I'll definitely try the way Soy taught me. Bee has a good understanding of the Korean sentiment of Han and is one of the smartest and wisest people I have ever met. After class, we ate dumplings and noodles, and had a great time listening to Mongolian songs by Soy and Bee and playing traditional games. May Soyi and Rain always be happy and healthy!
- Tourist7 April 22, 2023
I really had a wonderful and extraordinary experience with Bee and Soy. They are so warm, wise & intelligent and tauhgt me the traditional steamed dumpling and noodle soup systematically and in detail. Both 2 dishes were so good and I will try to make them my home. Bee told me many Mongolian tradition. After dinner, we played very interesting Mongolian traditional games with the sheep bones and Bee and Soy sang some Mongolian songs for me! It was very impressive that Bee knew some of Korean basic emotion. Thank you very much Bee & Soy and Travelingspoon, I had a really enjoyed that class!
- Jaeyeon April 22, 2023
Bee and Soy made me feel so welcome in their home. I was grateful they could accommodate my vegetarian diet. Not only was the food delicious, but I learned so much about Mongolian culture and traditions. Bee also walked me around the neighborhood after lunch. This was my favorite experience in Mongolia.
- Melanie April 10, 2023
This was a great half day experience. Soy and Bee were the best hosts and it truly was a cultural experience. Also very close to UB city center.
- ademida April 09, 2023
Spending one afternoon with Bee and Soy was amazing. Such warm people. A wonderful insight in Mongolian culture and life (and food).
- kjetilj20 April 03, 2023
We were at Bee and Soy house as a guests. They were really nice and shared with us everything they have. Thanks for your hospitality.
- July 26, 2022
This was a wonderful experience. Be and Soy were delightful hosts. They were so unpretentious and hospitable, sharing their colorful and homey ger with us as if we were old friends. They cheerfully showed all the steps to making 2 traditional dishes from scratch, patiently allowing us to fumble along. Despite our amateurish assistance, the dishes turned out to be the best we've had.
- BSansom July 19, 2022
Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $92 Not offered
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $92 Not offered
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:30am-2:30pm 2:30pm-7:30pm
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