Fermented Mare's Milk Anyone?
I've toyed with the idea of visiting the Stans a few times... much as the idea of riding across the Eurasian Steppe and sleeping in a yurt excited me, somehow the thought of eating boiled meat and fermented mare's milk didn't quite appeal.
My preconceptions on food from the Stans was unfortunately confirmed at the interestingly named Kyrgyz restaurant in Dubai Gorod 321... maybe a pint of fermented milk wasn't what I should have started with!
Thankfully, the fear of tasteless food was overcome by sleeping-in-a-yurt dreams earlier this month, which resulted in a whistle-stop autumn trip to Kyrgyzstan. I got to ride a horse in the Tian Shan mountains, sleep in a yurt, visit the world's second highest alpine lake... and taste some authentic Kyrgyz cuisine!
Needless to say my fears were unfounded, because the food was diverse and for the most part - delicious! Big wheels of bread accompanying rich stews, crusty meat-filled pastries or samsa, Russian-influenced manti and Chinese-influenced lagman noodles - a melting pot of dishes that clearly represented the melting pot of faces I saw across this stunning Central Asian country.
Stay tuned for the full post, but until then, keep Platetrotting!
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