Bhutan does not only offer bewitching places to visit and explore but also offers delicious culinary delights. Bhutan is a small country and is surrounded by some neighbouring countries. Many people of Bhutan in the border areas not only speak foreign languages but their culture, traditions and foods are also influenced by these countries to some extent in Bhutan. The food of Bhutan may have been influenced by
India, China, and Tibet, but the local food still remains unique. Bhutanese food employs a
lot of red rice buckwheat, and maize. The most distinctive characteristic
of Bhutanese food is its spiciness,
with chillis being an essential part of nearly every food item.There are lots of options to choose to eat at Bhutan. Bhutan is also known for its production of delicious local cheese and you will also be able to find cheese in many dishes of Bhutan.
The following is a list of different foods you
need to definitely try on your next trip to the mountain kingdom - Bhutan:
Datshi (Food of Bhutan)
Ema Datshi is a popular stew made of chillies and
cheese in Bhutan. And is also the national dish of Bhutan. It is undisputedly the foremost
widespread dish within the country, and any discussion concerning Bhutanese
food cannot go without the mention of Ema Datshi. You cannot miss having this delicious dish of Bhutan when you visit the country.
The delicious Ema-Datshi of Bhutan
Shamu Datshi (Food of Bhutan)
For those who can’t take spicy food, shamu
datshi is a good alternative to ema datshi. The dish uses local Bhutanese Himalayan
mushroom and is cooked in cheese and butter to create a creamy stew. If you are someone who do not like spices, then you must try Shamu datshi when you visit Bhutan.
Datshi (Food of Bhutan)
Kewa datshi is another variant of cheese
stew of Bhutan and uses potatoes as the main ingredient. A milder version for the
sensitive palate, potatoes are thinly sliced and sautéed in butter. Cheese and
sometimes chillies are added to the mix. This Bhutanese dish is a great and delectable option
for those who can’t tolerate heat in their food.
Datshi (Food of Bhutan)
Also called as butter egg fry, eggs are
scrambled with cheese and a large quantity of butter, resulting in a fragrant
condensed scrambled egg cheese mixture. This food is best eaten with Himalayan
red rice and is one of the most popular dishes of Bhutan.
Ema Datshi (Food of Bhutan)
This is the non-vegetarian version of the Bhutanese datshi, shakam
(dried beef) is cut into bite-size pieces and simmered down with butter and
cheese. The beef is spicy so avoid this food in Bhutan if you can’t take the heat.
Shakam Ema Datshi - Food of Bhutan
Shukam Datshi - Food of Bhutan
An interesting food to try out in Bhutan is the shakam
shukam datshi, made up of dried beef cooked with cheese and chillies. However,
what sets this food apart is the unique flavour imparted from the presence
of Bhutanese dried white chillies that are used in place of the regular local
Shakam (Food of Bhutan)
This yummy Bhutanese food dish uses dried yak meat cooked in a number of different ways. One way of
making it is cooking cut up dried yak meat with fermented yak cheese. It is one of the dishes you must try in Bhutan.
Rice (Food of Bhutan)
Red rice is a staple food of the Bhutanese.
It's a medium-grain style of rice and is abundantly grown in the fertile soil
of the Paro depression in Bhutan. It cooks quicker than different rice varieties. As a
result of being partly polished, i.e. the amount of the bran left on the rice, it
acquires an auburn tinge. You cannot skip red rice in Bhutan, it is absolutely a must-have food.
Red rice with chicken and spinach - Food of Bhutan
Maroo or Maru (Food of Bhutan)
Jasha Maroo is a Bhutanese dish that is sort of a spicy stew or
curry that is formed with diced chicken, onion, garlic, chillies, tomato,
ginger and coriander leaves. Ginger provides this dish with its essence. It should
be served with a generous portion of broth and rice.
Paa (Food of Bhutan)
Phaksha Paa is a popular Bhutanese pork dish comprising pork
slices stir-fried with whole red dry chillies, ginger, and bok choy. Paa could
be a curry with gravy or a meaty stew. Phaksha Paa highlights another favourite
food of the Bhutanese individuals, which is pork. Mountain vegetables like
radishes and spinach are served as side dishes in Phaksha Paa.
Paaksha paa - Food of Bhutan
Shungo (Food of Bhutan)
Not one’s to waste leftover food, the
Bhutanese make a dish called Zow, which is made of leftover vegetables and red
rice and is a quick ready meal in itself.
Soup (Food of Bhutan)
Jaju is created from vegetables like the native
spinach or even turnips. This Bhutanese broth is made with milk and butter. Sometimes,
cheese is added to the preparation to make it heartier and tastier.
Tshoem (Food of Bhutan)
Jasha Tshoem is a spicy Bhutanese stew made
of beef and seasoned with ginger, garlic, onions, cayenne pepper, and generally
Khur-le (Food of Bhutan)
Khur-le is hearty Bhutanese breakfast food
item, ideal for cold climates. The pancakes are made out of buckwheat, barley,
or flour. It goes well with different Bhutanese food like ema or shakam datshi,
or with eggs and sauces.
Puta (Food of Bhutan)
Puta, or buckwheat noodles, offer a healthy
alternative to the regular noodles, as they're made of buckwheat. It’s usually
served poached; however, it can be stir-fried in oil. Serving as an alternative
to rice, buckwheat noodles function as a staple food in Bhutan.
Khatem (Food of Bhutan)
Khatem is a preparation of bitter melon or
bitter gourd, usually the Indian selection. It's sliced up thinly and deep-fried
in butter and seasoned. It is served as a side dish in Bhutan.
Khatem - Food of Bhutan
Goep (Food of Bhutan)
Goep is for tripe lovers as it’s made of slices of tripe stir-fried with dried chillies,
green onions, and sometimes small vegetables. The texture of this food dish is
interesting, so brave it out and try it just for experimentation sake.
Juma (Food of Bhutan)
is a Bhutanese sausage. It is made of minced meat and rice mixed in some light
spices. What makes this food interesting
is the inclusion of Sichuan pepper, which gives a citrusy flavour.
Hoentay (Food of Bhutan)
are momos made with buckwheat flour. The filling is a mix of local turnip or
spinach leaves and cheese and is best eaten by dipping it in Bhutanese chilli
sauce called ezay. This food can be either steamed or fried.
Lom (Food of Bhutan)
is the go-to food during winters when vegetables are scarcely available. Turnip
leaves are dried and stored and later is prepared by either sautéing it on its
own or cooking it with some dried pork.
Goen Hogay (Food of Bhutan)
This is a
traditional Bhutanese cucumber salad. This is a very refreshing food dish
and contains sliced cucumber, tomatoes, onions, chilli flakes, cilantro, and a
sprinkle of Sichuan pepper and cheese.
Tshampa (Food of Bhutan)
is a dough starch made of whole wheat flour. This food is a staple filler. It’s
eaten by rolling it into a small ball with your fingers and eating it with
other Bhutanese food dishes such as ema datshi.