Bhutanese cuisine


Bhutanese cuisine
Bhutanese national dish hemadatsi and rice (mix of bhutanese red rice and white rice)

Bhutanese cuisine (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་ཟས་; Wylie: 'brug-zas) employs a lot of red rice (like brown rice in texture, but with a nutty taste, the only variety of rice that grows at high altitudes), buckwheat, and increasingly maize. The diet in the hills also includes chicken, yak meat, dried beef, pork, pork fat and mutton. Soups and stews of meat, rice, ferns, lentils, and dried vegetables spiced with chilies and cheese are a favorite meal during the cold seasons. Zow shungo is a rice dish mixed with leftover vegetables. Ema datshi, made very spicy with cheese and chilies, akin to chili con queso, might be called the national dish for its ubiquity and the pride that Bhutanese have for it. Other foods include jasha maru, a chicken dish; phaksha paa and fried rice. Dairy foods, particularly butter and cheese from yaks and cows, are also popular, and indeed almost all milk is turned to butter and cheese. Popular beverages include butter tea, tea, locally brewed ara (rice wine) and beer. Spices include cardamom, ginger, chilies, garlic, turmeric and caraway.

When offered food, one says meshu meshu, covering one's mouth with the hands in refusal according to Bhutanese manners, and then gives in on the second or third offer.

See also

Bhutanese chili in Thimphu market
  • Ara (drink)
  • Bhutanese red rice
  • Dal
  • Hemadatsi (also spelled "Ema Datse" or "Ema Datshi")
  • Tsheringma tea
  • Yak butter

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