When you go for a trip to Tibet, you should never miss the great chance to taste the food on the Tibetan plateau. Traditional Tibetan menu is mainly based on dairy products, yak meat, and barley. It might be an interesting part of your trip for Tibetan food can help you to know more about local Tibetans’ life and culture.
1 Tibetan Momos
Tibetan Momos are traditional dumplings which are filled with yak meat or vegetables. The most common Tibetan Momos are the steamed and fried ones. Sometimes, you also can get them in the soup depending on your preferences. Going crazy and use vegetarian or whatever you like, but I think the best to get the authentic Tibetan taste to build on. If you want a dipping sauce with them, it seems like a good one: Simple Soy Dipping Sauce, yummy!
2 Tibetan noodles with a cup of Tibetan sweet tea
Affected by Sichuan styles, Tibetan noodles are lean to piquancy. It will be added to a bowl together with tasty bone broth, shredded yak meat, and some vegetable to make it more delicious. The best drink for Noodles is a cup of Tibetan sweet tea. Noodles are very thick and you get a big slice of meat with some vegetables. Great for warming you up! It’s not only very easy to taste this in the streets or plenty of tea houses across Lhasa but also it tastes very authentic and good, was able to impress my toughest critic.
3 Yak wraps
As a big fan of meat, you will definitely love the yak meat wrap which is served with vegetables and garlic sauce! Tibetan yaks who are a kind of animals live on the plateau with an elevation from 3500m to 5300m. Their red blood cells are three times more than normal cows. Their chewy and nutritious meat with delicate flavor is the trademark of Tibet dishes. The high-calorie yak meat usually cut into long stripes and hung in shaded place to be air-dried to make it tastes good and be eaten raw. What’s more, big joints of yak meat boiled with salt, ginger, and spices is also a popular food. In a word, Tibetan yak meat is definitely a must-eat in Tibet.
In Lhasa, Tsampa is well-known as one of the most attractive foodstuffs. It’s made of dough that has been shaped into thin twisted ribbons. You can soak them in the buttered tea or hot chocolate, yummy! It tastes goluptious, crisp and sweet. Besides, Tsampa is suitable for allaying hunger and keeping out cold since it is rich in nutrition and has large heat. In Tibetan New Year Festival, the Tsampa also plays a very important role as it represents good luck and wishes.
Interestingly, there are not many Tibetan desserts can be found in the street or teahouses. But it’s worthy to note that it’s usually eaten on Tibetan New Year (also known as Losar), is called Dre-si. The ingredients are including Droma (kind of nutritious guard shaped root), butter broth and sugar. Besides, Dre-si is well-known as an auspicious dish. Sometimes you may also see it being placed before the Buddha shines.