People think about Bhutan as a country of sacred temples and mystery culture. Hardly do they know that Bhutan also has fascinating cuisine. It is totally understandable that most tourists adore convenient food served by their hotels/hostels without even bothering going out to discover truly local street food. Thus, LivingLocal feels that you deserve to know the authentic Bhutanese cuisine. There you go, here are some dishes you cannot miss once you are here.
Red rice may sound like an unfamiliar food for most Westerners whose food culture is into more dairy products and bread. In the far East, Red rice is considered as vital food in daily meals. It would be a healthy choice for your diet, because paddies are cultivated with mineral water – which is more nutritious to the seed itself. After being cooked, the rice color turns paler, sweeter yet perfectly healthy for everyone at any age.
Jasha Maroo (or Jasha Maru)
Jasha Maru is basically spicy chicken. It’s a combination of chicken, spices, tomato, garlic… Sometime people use beef for replacement. A better taste of aromatic and well-prepared chicken broth may be the impression left on you when you try Jasha Maroo. Of course, Jasha is served with rice.
Momos is nothing more but dumplings. It is similar to Chinese dumplings. Theoretically, dumpling has its cover made of flour and stuffed meat (usually pork or shrimp), eggs, vegetables inside. Momo is basically the same, but Momo’s filling might be pork, beef, cheese combined with garlic or coriander.
Don’t expect for alcoholic drink in Bhutan. They offer you a variety of drinks, most of them are very healthy and typical like black or green tea. Of course, you may be offered to drink beer or wine, but absolutely not much. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a chance to taste ara – a drink made of rice, wheat, millet. Ara is believed to taste quite similar to Sake from Japan.