7 Must Try Foods of Kyrgyzstan, Asia

7 Must Try Foods of Kyrgyzstan, Asia

Discover 7 must try foods of Kyrgyzstan. I only spent 5 days in Kyrgyzstan but during that short time I managed to get a good feel for their cuisine.

In fact, one of the things that instantly caught my attention about Kyrgyzstan was the food. It was not what I expected, with lots of bread and meat.

Whilst most things where delicious, I couldn’t quite get used to the fermented products that they seem to enjoy as snacks. It was a bit rich for my palette, but I’m glad I gave it a go.

OK, here they are. 7 must try foods of Kyrgyzstan, Asia.

Sorry that I don’t know the name of most of them, but many restaurants have pictures so just point to what you want.

7 Must Try Foods of Kyrgyzstan, Asia

1. This Drink

The first item on my list of 7 must try foods of Kyrgyzstan is not really a food, but it goes in one end and comes out the other, so it counts!

They sell it on the street and there are a few different types. I thought it was a milk type drink, but ended up being a fermented yogurt/tangy type thing.

It’s hard to explain, but I suggest buying a small one to try before diving in. It sells for about 10coms (pronounced soms) on the street, depending on the size of your cup.

From what I gathered from a ‘conversation’ with my non-existent Russian and a local teenagers non-existent English, it has some alcohol content in it, but it can’t be that much because they sell it to anyone, and you can even buy it in manufactured bottles in supermarkets. The locals love this stuff… and even the kids guzzle this stuff down!

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Note: There are also stands that sell iced tea, in different flavors, which is very nice, especially on a hot day.

Must Try Foods of Kyrgyzstan, Asia. Fermented Drink

Some fermented drink. Tangy, sour, may or may not contain alcohol (probably yes)

2. Fast Food

OK, this is clearly a menu of a variety of foods. You’ll notice the pictures resemble hamburgers, cheeseburgers and wraps, which is basically what you’ll get, but with kebab meat, i.e., the type the roast on a spit and shave off.

Notice how cheap it is. (50coms is less than $1usd). These fast food type stands are common, and good for a cheap meal, although I did get sick of them fairly quickly.

Fast Food. Must Try Foods of Kyrgyzstan, Asia

Kyrgyzstan fast food

3. This White Cheese Ball

I saw lots of kids nibbling on these things, so I thought they would be sweet. How wrong I was. It’s more like strong cheese, and I suspect made in a similar way to the ‘fermented milk drink’.

We bought some at the market. They cost 10coms for a small bag. They come in a variety of sizes, colors and flavors (including chilli).

Cheese ball. Must Try Foods of Kyrgyzstan, Asia

Not sure exactly, but it’s best described as a really strong cheese ball.

4. Pastries

There are lots of different types of pastries with various price ranges depending on the size and filling, but they are all basically the same idea.

Think puff pastry with a meat, potato, vegetable filling, or perhaps something sweet inside. They are basically the Kyrgyzstan version of an Indian Samosa, and are a good cheap snack.

These ones pictures were about 10coms each.

Pastries. Must Try Foods of Kyrgyzstan, Asia

There’s lots of different types of pastries, but most of them are essentially the same. Samosas.

5. These Dumplings

For those of you familiar with Chinese food, I would best describe these as a slightly bigger version of Xiao Leng Bao, but with a tomato-ee flavor.

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For those of you not familiar, think of you standard steamed dumpling, bigger and with a different shape and slightly tomoto flavor.

There is meat inside.

Pastries. Must Try Foods of Kyrgyzstan, Asia

There’s lots of different types of pastries, but most of them are essentially the same. Samosas.

6. Goulash

This was possibly my favorite of my 7 must try foods of Kyrgyzstan. Either this or #7.

Many people have probably heard of Goulash, and I’m not sure if this is the same dish, but I liked it.

I’m pretty sure it is a staple national dish consisting of rice, pasta, meat and some veggies.

I think in an above average priced restaurant this set me back about 90 coms.

Goulash. Must Try Foods of Kyrgyzstan, Asia

The only thing that I actually know the correct name of. Goulash. One of my favorites.

7. Noodles

The last thing on my list of 7 must try foods of Kyrgyzstan is the other contender for my favorite, but unfortunately I didn’t get a picture.

They are pretty much the only way noodles are sold and you kind find it on most menus. I even went to one place where it is all they sold, despite having a menu with many other dishes ‘advertised’.

They are very similar to La Mian 拉面 (pulled noodles), but with a tomato type sauce. For those of you not well informed of styles of Chinese noodles, I guess you’ll just have to try them for yourself. If it matters, I thought they were very good with a bit of chili.

Final Thought on the Must Try Foods of Kyrgyzstan
Wrapping up, I would best describe the foods of Kyrgyzstan like a mix of Chinese with Middle Eastern food, which is not surprising considering the geographical location. If you like Chinese food from Xinjiang, you’ll love it.

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Do you know of any other delicious Kyrgyzstan foods that should be on this list? We’d love to hear about them or anything else you want to say in the comments 😀 .

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Comments ( 2 )
  1. Nick
    December 3, 2016 at 09:25

    What are the Kyrgyz names for these foods?

    • Bert Luxing
      December 4, 2016 at 17:24

      Sorry, I have no idea.

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