When it comes to pairing food, there are a few things to consider.
What is the main dish? What flavors will it bring out in other dishes? What textures will be complementary? And so on.
This is especially important when cooking a cuisine that is not as well-known as Italian or French food.
Mongolian beef is a great example.
This dish is full of umami flavors, with a bit of sweetness and a kick of heat.
So what are some good side dishes to serve with Mongolian beef? Let’s take a look.
Today, we’ll explore some of the best side dishes to serve with Mongolian beef—a delicious and unique dish that can sometimes be difficult to pair perfectly.
Let’s get started!
Mongolian Beef Side Dishes
- Simple Green Salad
- Fresh Fruit Salad
- Potato Wedges
- Steamed Rice
- Steamed Veggies
- Banana Bread
- Green Beans with Balsamic Vinegar
- Tossed Salad
- Yeast Rolls
- Caramelized Onions
- Spaghetti Squash
Simple Green Salad
In a million ways, the best thing to serve with Mongolian beef is a simple green salad. It’s light, and refreshing, and will help cut through the rich flavors of the dish.
Let me not get started on the impact that eating a green salad will have on your health.
It’s a no-brainer, really.
For a balanced diet, it’s always important to include some form of vegetables or fruit.
And what better way to do that than with a salad?
There are countless variations of salads, so you’ll never get bored. You can mix and match different greens, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and dressings to create unique flavor profiles
Moreover, Mongolian beef has too much going on taste-wise to be paired with a salad that has a lot going on, too.
You want something that will complement the flavors, not compete with them. That’s why a simple green salad is the perfect side dish.
It has just enough acidity from the dressing to brighten up the flavors of the beef, and the crunch from the greens provides a lovely contrast in texture.
Fresh Fruit Salad
Another excellent side dish to serve with Mongolian beef is a fresh fruit salad.
Fruit salads are a fantastic way to add sweetness, color, and nutrients to any meal.
They’re also incredibly easy to make—simply chop up your favorite fruits and toss them together.
For a fruit salad that pairs well with Mongolian beef, I recommend using fruits that are on the sweeter side, such as mangoes, or pineapple. The sweetness will help to balance out the savory flavors of the dish.
I also like to add a few slices of fresh ginger to my fruit salad. The heat from the ginger pairs beautifully with the spice in the beef.
Potato wedges are another great option for a Mongolian beef side dish. They’re hearty and filling, but can also be dressed up or down, depending on your preference.
Have you tasted my special recipe for potato wedges? You’ll lick your lips for sure. Moreover, there are several recipes for scrumptious potato wedges all over the internet.
To make them even more delicious, I like to top my potato wedges with a bit of sour cream and chives. The acidity from the sour cream helps to cut through the richness of the dish, while the chives provide a lovely pop of color.
So, what’s not to like about potatoes that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside?
Rice is the mother of all side dishes. You love it. I love it. Everyone loves it.
It is a great blank canvas that can be flavored in endless ways. For example, you could add some sautéed veggies or even a sunny-side-up egg.
But when it comes to pairing rice with Mongolian beef, I like to keep things simple. Just a bowl of steamed rice is perfect. The starchiness of the rice will help to absorb the flavors of the dish, and the lightness of the rice will prevent you from feeling too full.
Steamed rice is the perfect accompaniment to Mongolian beef because it helps to soak up all of the delicious sauce. Plus, it’s a great way to bulk up the meal if you’re serving it to a large group.
There are many different types of rice, but my personal favorite is basmati a classic side dish that pairs well with just about anything.
Plus, it’s quick and easy to make. Simply simmer water in a pot, add rice and let it cook un
Voila! You have yourself a delicious side dish that is sure to please.
I like to steam my veggies in a bamboo steamer. It’s quick and easy, and the results are always perfect. Just add your favorite veggies to the steamer basket, place it over boiling water, and cover.
After a few minutes, your veggies will be tender and crisp. Season them with a bit of salt and pepper, and you’re good to go.
Steamed veggies are the perfect side dish for Mongolian beef because they’re healthy, flavorful, and easy to make. Plus, they can be easily customized to your liking.
Try steaming broccoli, carrots, and snap peas. Or, for a more traditional approach, steam some bok choy.
No matter what veggies you choose, they’re sure to be delicious when paired with Mongolian beef.
Banana bread is one of the most delicious things we have on this planet. I don’t think there’s anything that pairs better with it than a cup of coffee.
But, believe it or not, banana bread is also a great side dish for Mongolian beef. The sweetness from the bananas helps to balance out the spice in the dish, and the moistness of the bread soaks up all of the delicious sauce.
Additionally, banana bread is a great way to use up any overripe bananas you have lying around. So, if you’ve got some bananas that are starting to turn brown, don’t throw them away!
Instead, put them to good use and make some banana bread. It’s the perfect side dish for Mongolian beef, and it’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Green Beans with Balsamic Vinegar
Almost everyone I know loves green beans. They’re healthy, flavorful, and versatile.
Green beans are a wonderful complement to Mongolian beef since they can be prepared in so many different ways. They may be steamed, sautéed, or roasted.
However, the best method to prepare green beans is to toss them with a dash of balsamic vinegar. The acidity in the vinegar balances out the meal’s flavors while also absorbing all of the taste.
Plus, this side dish is healthy and quick to make. Simply steam your green beans until they’re tender, then toss them with some balsamic vinegar and a bit of salt and pepper.
That’s it! You’ve got yourself a delicious, healthy side dish that is sure to please.
I don’t know what you’ve heard, but a tossed salad is the perfect side dish for Mongolian beef.
The key to a good salad is to use fresh, crisp ingredients. I like to use romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and red onion.
For the dressing, I prefer a simple vinaigrette made with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. And it always tastes marvelous.
If you want to impress or indulge any carb lover, serve Mongolian beef with some soft, fluffy yeast rolls.
Yeast rolls are a classic side dish that goes well with just about anything. They’re perfect for soaking up all of the delicious sauce, and they’re also great for mopping up any leftover bits of meat.
In other words, they are the ideal side dish for Mongolian beef.
I know what you’re thinking: caramelized onions are a bit of an unconventional choice for a side dish.
But trust me, they are absolutely delicious when paired with Mongolian beef. The sweetness from the onions helps to balance out the spice in the dish, and they also add a lovely depth of flavor.
So, give them a chance, okay?!
I saved the best for last. Spaghetti squash is, without a doubt, my favorite side dish for Mongolian beef.
I know it might seem odd to pair spaghetti squash with such a hearty dish. But the lightness of the squash helps to offset the heaviness of the meat and sauce.
Plus, it’s a great way to get your vegetables in. And who doesn’t love that?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is typically in Mongolian beef?
Mongolian beef is a dish that consists of flank steak, vegetables, and a savory sauce. It is typically served over rice or noodles.
What are some other side dishes that go well with Mongolian beef?
Some other great side dishes to serve with Mongolian beef include steamed broccoli, carrots, fall salad with fresh pears, garlic butter green beans, instant pot wild rice and watermelon salad.
What wine goes well with Mongolian beef?
A dry red wine, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, pairs well with Mongolian beef. If you’re looking for a white wine, try a Riesling or Pinot Gris.
What is the difference between Szechuan and Mongolian beef?
The main difference between Szechuan and Mongolian beef is the sauce. Szechuan beef is typically cooked in a spicy sauce, while Mongolian beef is cooked in a savory sauce.
As you can see, there are many different options for side dishes to serve with Mongolian beef. From steamed rice and veggies to banana bread, there’s something for everyone.
So, next time you’re making Mongolian beef, be sure to try one of these delicious side dishes. You won’t be disappointed.