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Food of Kyrgyzstan: Simple yet delicious

I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the questions that bugs me all the time when I travel to a place I have never been before is: How will the food be? For Kyrgyzstan, we heard the wildest rumors about sheep head on a plate with it’s eyes staring at you. You know, Indiana Jones like, just with a sheep head

Luckily, we were positively surprised. In Osh, the big city our journey started, you could of course get what ever you liked and we were introduced to Mante (gigantic Dim Sum) endless noodles with yummy sauce and of course Schaschlick, Meat on an iron stick roasted over open fire.

On the countryside, things were more simple but alway more than we could eat and delicious. Lots of salad, potatoes, cabbage, carrots and some meat. We never asked what kind of meat, one has to know when it is better not to know😉 Oh and bread, always loads of yummy bread and jam.

Breakfast was either semolina, pancakes or eggs, served with jam, and tea. Always very good too, but I have to admit, when we had a choice, we asked the the folks if we could have something else than semolina… after all, we’re no lil kids anymore🙂

Cooking was often done on an open fire fueled by… cow pads. Yes. I know. Guess that’s the reason why these kitchens were outside the house then😉 But surprisingly, this didn’t influence the taste. Or maybe it did… and we thought its a new strange spice?

Cow pat fire place. Guess there is a reason why it is outside the house.
Cow pat fire place. Guess there is a reason why it is outside the house.
almost done.. just cover it with a sheet of plastic (?!) and a metal cover and let it cook for an hour without touching
almost done.. just cover it with a sheet of plastic (?!) and a metal cover and let it cook for an hour without touching
Dinner as usual.. a banket for the riders
Dinner as usual.. a banket for the riders

Water…

Well be wary, don’t drink it from the tap as it is probably not been treated to our standards…. After three of us got the runs, we suspected that the water dispenser at the first hotel probably was simply refilled with tap water. And if you have to get water out in nature, treat it chemically, we used Micropur.

Water from the river - don't use it without some treatment!
Water from the river – don’t use it without some treatment!

Or simply cook it🙂

The daily coffe break after lunch, prepared on a lil gasoline cooker always was the highlight of the day.
The daily coffe break after lunch, prepared on a lil gasoline cooker always was the highlight of the day.

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