This mother is very happy with the cow which has been contributed by a donator from Netherland

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Food and drink

Unlike for example the Italian cuisine Kyrgyz cuisine does not rely on international fame. If one sets expectations of limited food choice with lots of sheep meat , then the various Rusian and Kyrgys cuisine can be surprisingly tastefull.

Traditional Cuisine
Some traditional dishes are Besh-Bamak, Laghman and plov shashlik. Given the lack of fresh vegetables, the emphasis of the traditional dishes lies with meat and dairy products. Often the dishes like Laghman and Besh Barmak, are cooked in vegetable broth and are served with noodles.

During holidays and celebrations Besh Barmak is often prepared, this is the highlight of the Kyrgyz cuisine in which the ritual slaughter of sheep is an important part. For the traditional Kyrgyz the kitchen is not too extensive which is explained by the fact that as soon as it is possible they move up the mountains with their herd where the opportunities for attracting a diverse cuisine is rather small.

For the townspeople and especially the residents of Bishkek there is a range of possibilities. Because many migrants are mainly located in large cities this means that there are a pretty nice mix of Russian, Korean, Indian, Chinese and Turkish restaurants present.

Nearly all the dishes are traditionally served with tea (chai), the story goes that the English word 'tea' is derived from the Kyrgyz's word for tea.
Furthermore, by a half centuries of Russian domination , vodka is available allmost everywhere.

Famous products
The honey from the area of Issyk-Kull has an international reputation and is very popular throughout Central Asia, and is like the black berry locally obtainable.

The valleys in the south of Kyrgyzstan are for a large area covered with fruit trees and walnut trees. Especially the walnuts, which are a delicacy in this region and even at the time of Alexander the Great where his soldiers ate them.

While traveling through the inlands the inevitable invitations for a drink in the yurt are offered and will mainly consist of fermented mare's milk (koumys), not to everyone's delight probably because the distinctive taste is not appreciated by everyone.


Food for Thought

You have not lost your smile. It is right under your nose. You just forgot that it is there.”

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