What's the food like in Kyrgyzstan?
Kyrgyzstan’s cuisine is strongly linked to its nomadic traditions and, as much of the population is involved in raising livestock, meat features in most Kyrgyz dishes. Mutton, beef and horsemeat are the most common and fresh black tea is served with each meal.
is considered the most traditional dish in Kyrgyzstan, consisting of lamb on top of a broth of noodles and onion. Its name means ‘five fingers’ as it's traditionally eaten with your hands. Other typical dishes include Borsok
, a regional variation of fried dough which is served on special occasions such as weddings and holidays.
Kyrgyzstan’s cuisine has also been influenced by neighbouring countries in Central Asia, as well as Russia and Turkey. As a result, the country has adopted several dishes such as Manti, which consists of steamed dumplings filled with meat, and a spicy noodle and meat dish known as lagman.
When it comes to drinks, fresh black tea is typically served with each meal. In the capital Bishkek, you’ll find countless cafes and traditional teahouses known as chaikhanas, as well as restaurants serving Russian, Chinese and European dishes.
Safe eating while travelling in Kyrgyzstan
It’s important to follow basic food safety precautions and ensure that food is cooked thoroughly and served hot. This is especially important as most Kyrgyz dishes feature meat. Avoid anything that looks unclean or under cooked and make sure that fruit and vegetables are washed with treated water.