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Explore Colorado’s Largest Chinese Buffet

King Buffet, Colorado’s largest buffet, has opened in Arvada. The restaurant has more than 200 types of dishes including both Chinese and Western cuisines, so you can enjoy a variety of flavors. As with most buffets, lunch and dinner options are different, and dinner offers more variety.

The Mongolian barbecue is a highlight of King Buffet with its rich variety of vegetables and meat. Fresh beef is preserved in advance and topped with a traditional Mongolian barbecue sauces. After customers select their ingredients, their dish is cooked on an open iron griddle. A few moments later, you can enjoy your delicious Mongolian barbecue.

In addition, King Buffet has many kinds of hot stir-fry, roast chicken and spiced spareribs. The seafood—whether shrimp, sashimi, sushi or shellfish—are fresh, pure and meaty. The rare beef pie is also very attractive.

Mongolian Barbecue’s Origin

Mongolian barbecue was created by the Taiwanese comedian and restaurateur Wu Zhaonan. A native of Beijing, Wu fled to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War, and opened a street food stall in Yingqiao, Taipei in 1951. He originally wanted to call the dish “Beijing barbecue.”

However, there was political sensitivity as Beijing had recently been designated as the capital of Communist China. So he settled with “Mongolian barbecue” instead, even though the food has no direct connection to Mongolia.

Wu’s food stall became very popular and even attracted foreign diplomats and wealthy business people, despite being a cheap eatery. Sadly, his stall was later destroyed by flooding caused by a typhoon, in which Wu nearly drowned.

He then developed a highly successful career as a comedian and exited the restaurant business, while numerous imitators emerged to capitalize on the popularity of the dish he created, with Genghis Khan, Tang Palace, Great Khan, and Heavenly Khan among the oldest and most popular. Mongolian barbecue was later successfully introduced to the West.

How to Eat Mongolian Barbecue

Typically, diners select a variety of raw ingredients from a display of thinly sliced meats (such as beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken, and shrimp) and vegetables (such as cabbage, tofu, onion, broccoli, and mushrooms). The bowl of ingredients is handed to the chef who adds your choice of sauce, then transfers everything to the grill.

The round shape of the grill allows two or more chefs to cook food simultaneously and to cook quickly. Due to the thinly sliced ingredients, the food is typically cooked in one revolution of the grill. Oil or water may be added to ease cooking. The ingredients are stir-fried continuously over the high heat.

When cooking is complete, each finished dish is scooped into a bowl and handed to the diner. Many Mongolian barbecue restaurants follow an all-you-can-eat buffet format, and allow multiple visits to the grill including King Buffet.

All in all, King Buffet covers a wide range of items. The interior decoration is exquisite, and the ambiance is welcoming. The service is of high quality and the food is served at an affordable price! It is a great new spot that you don’t want to miss!

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