What do people in Bhutan eat? Is it your typical general Asian cuisine? It is more towards Indian cuisine or perhaps more central Asia? Bhutanese love rice and chili!
What to eat in Bhutan?
As Asians do, rice is a staple in every meal. However, they eat red rice, not the typical brown rice. Red rice is similar to brown rice.
Bhutanese also love chili with cheese to be cooked with their vegetable or meat dishes. Bhutanese love their chili. I cannot emphasise that enough!
This small red condiment is not only added to every dish but is also often eaten raw. If spicy food isn’t your thing, you have to make that clear. To be fair, the spiciness of the Bhutanese chili is bearable for me, and I enjoy it very much.
Of course, international cuisines like fries and pizza are also available.
Being a Buddhist country, many people are vegetarian. If you are vegetarian, you’re in for a treat!
- Ema-datsi. Ema means chili and datsi is a kind of cottage cheese, so ema-datsi is a type of chili-cheese dish. You will see this in EVERY meal. Trust me. The Bhutanese love it.
- Kewa-datsi. A potato, cheese and chili dish.
- Shamu-datsi. A mushroom, cheese and chili dish.
- Mutter paneer. Though not a Bhutanese dish, this Indian staple of curried peas and cheese is readily available throughout Bhutan and is therefore an additional choice for vegetarians.
- Cheese momo. A small steamed bun that traditionally contained cheese, cabbage and sometimes onion. However, these days other vegetables, including green papaya, may be substituted for cabbage.
- Khuli. Buckwheat pancakes – a specialty of Bumthang. They are often served with ema-datsi as an alternative to rice.
- Puta. A dish of buckwheat noodles usually served with curd – a specialty of Bumthang
The legal drinking/purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is 18.
- Beer. A local raw fresh beer brand name “Red Panda” which is the most fresh and good for tasting.
- Whisky. You get very delicious whisky called K5. Blended and bottled in Gelephu, Bhutan, it uses vatted malt imported from Scotland, high quality grain neutral spirit and natural spring water. It tastes similar to your Highland scotch and I highly recommend it.
- Bhutan Peach Wine, ZumZim: Its special characteristic is its natural, pure and ripe peach flavour which leaves the drinkers with impressive aroma and sweetness. This has to be one of the most delicious wine I have ever had.
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