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Food in Bhutan

Bhutan, a very unique country in the world, its food culture and history is one of a kind. A typical Bhutanese food contains lot of chilly and cheese, the combination of which is called ‘Ema Datshi’, Ema meaning chilly and Datshi meaning cheese in Bhutanese national language. Likewise, cheese is added in almost all kinds of vegetables and the dish gets the name accordingly. For example a combination of cheese with potatoes is called ‘Kewa Datshi’ , Kewa meaning potatoes. Along with this kind of curry dishes, goes rice which is consumed heavily in every household in Bhutan, the red one being more common.
Another typical Bhutanese food culture is consumption of dried vegetables and dried meat. If you visit the weekends vegetable market in Thimphu or any other district, you will notice that the local farmers sell a lot of dried vegetables. This culture goes long way with Bhutan’s history. Bhutan is a landlocked country and it did not open up to the outside world until 1970s because of which green vegetables in winter were not available specially in higher altitude areas. Hence, Bhutanese dried vegetables to sustain during cold winter days and hence it is now in the habit of every Bhutanese to consume a lot of dried vegetables.

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Bhutanese Food to try on your Tour

There are varieties of dishes to try while you are in Bhutan but the locals are fond of spicy cuisines.

Red Rice

Red Rice Bhutanese Food

Red rice is similar to drown rice and when cooked it is soft, slightly sticky and very nutritious.

Ema Datshi

Ema Datshi Bhutanese Food

It is mixture of cheese with chillies, it can be red dried chilies or green chillies.

It can also be made with addition of ferns, potatoes, mushrooms.

Shakam Paa

Shakam Paa Bhutanese Food

Shakam Paa is slow cooked dried beef with dried red chillies served dried without any gravy which goes really well red rice.

Phaksha Paa

Phaksha Paa Bhutanese Food

Phaksa paa is a dried pork served with red dried chillies, it can also go with radishes or spinach.

Jasha Maru

Jasha Maru Bhutanese Food

Jasha Maru is minced chicken dish with gravies and little bit of spice.

Momo (Dumplings)

Momo (Dumplings) Bhutanese Food

It is one of the favourites of Bhutanese. Usually made up of minced beef or pork and also vegetarian consisting of cheese with cabbages and other ingredients like onions, ginger, etc. mixed together and wrapped by a white flour and water dough from outside.

It also comes with a spicy chutney and a soup.

Butter Tea (Suja)

Butter Tea (Suja)

It is made from special tea leaves, water, salt, Yak or cow butter churned well in a wooden churner and served hot.

If you are planning for traveling to Bhutan. Amedewa Tours & Trek will happy to help you to get amazing experience of Bhutanese culture.