The specialities in Kyrgyzstan were not always ‘”foreigners friendly” but always a discovery
You’ll find them everywhere in Kyrgyzstan but the best are in the restaurant called “Chaikhana Jalal-Abad’ in the center of Bishkek.
These are dumplings stuffed with onions & mutton meat or spinach or pumpkin (it was on a menu). Almost whatever you like but mostly with onions and mutton meat.
To see how the Manthys are made/closed (Karakol area, in a yourt camp called “golden Yurts” next to the broken heart and the 7 bulls):
You’ll find them everywhere in Kyrgyzstan too.
This is noodles and Funchoza (starch noodles) + vegetables cooked in a salty broth
For the recipe its here
To see how the Funchoza are made in a real Kyrgyz restaurant in the city of Osh in the south west of the country:
We started to see this in the eastern part of the country but I can’t say for sure that you can’t find one in the other areas of the country.
It’s a crepe made with Omelet stuffed with a steack, onions, tomatoes and other unidentified vegetables. It’s covered with Kyrgyz mayonnaise and ketchup. If you feel a junk food emergency coming, a Brisol is what you need.
We saw them only in the western part of the country. Around Arslanbob area.
It’s a small boiled dumpling stuffed with mashed potatoes, onions and coriander . It’s closed like a tortellini and before being served it’s fried with onions
Recipe and “how to”? Here it is
(The picture is not from me but from another blog where you can find the recipe and a great how to). You can find it anywhere in Kyrgyzstan.
It’s a triangle of pastry stuffed with onions, garlic and mutton meat or beef meat
Xachan (Xawah in Cyrillic) :
We only saw it in Bishkek
It’s a small fried bun stuffed with onions and mutton or beef meat
You can find it anywhere in Kyrgyzstan and nothing more than a chicken/beef/mutton Kebab
For the recipe its here
You can find it everywhere in Kyrgyzstan.
This is the first thing we ate on our first day. It’s pasta cooked in a salty broth and on top you can find boiled onions, small pieces of mutton meat, big pieces of mutton fat and a piece of “Chuchuk” with is a sausage in which the fat and the meat hasn’t been mixed. When you go to Kyrgyzstan, I recommend you start with Manthys or Samsa before trying something like the beshbarmak.
(in Russian and in cyrillic) is one of the 2 national beverages. It’s fermented and made with corn.
which is the other national drink: Horse fermented milk.