Tasting Tibet

For all the incredible scenery and cultural attractions on display in Tibet, one of the things I was most interested in discovering was the Tibetan cuisine. With little opportunity to grow crops at such high altitude, much of the diet of the ordinary Tibetan family consists merely of dairy products and meat from farm animals. I took a look at one day of my Tibetan travels, and chronicled my meals to see what a typical resident (or tourist) would eat.


For breakfast, I had a simple meal of cheese and bread. It may not sound like much, but I wanted to experience a traditional breakfast from this part of the world, much the same way that Tibetan schoolchildren would have before going to class. The bread was very hard (maybe even stale) but the butter and jam(?) made things much more edible. This was not exactly my idea of a big breakfast before a day exploring Lhasa!


For lunch, I tried some delicious Momo steamed dumplings. There was a nice little café/restaurant near Barkhor Street that was serving up these momo. I have tried them in India and in Nepal, but apparently momo are a Tibetan speciality. They tasted very buttery, I think they must have had a coating of butter after cooking, and they were filled with cheese of some kind, no doubt produced locally.


After a visit to a temple a monastery in the afternoon, my sightseeing was done for the day, and back near my hotel I once again visited a local eatery, where yak meat was on the menu. Now this is a much more hearty meal, and I could have done with this earlier on in the day! After the appetite I had built up hiking around the mountains, I could have eaten more than one plate of this tender and crispy meat! It was certainly my favourite meal of the day, and never again shall I look at a yak in quite the same way!


3 thoughts on “Tasting Tibet

    1. I ate Tsampa many times, mainly as a snack though, and with some po cha butter tea! 😀 It’s one of the main parts of Tibetan diet. I presume you loved it too? 😉 In fact, I might edit the post to include a passage on butter tea.

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