When it comes to Asian food, most people are generally familiar with staples from countries like Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and China. While these nations have mouthwatering dishes to offer, sometimes it’s also fun to explore the cuisine of cultures that are not a commonly known. That’s the case with food from Uzbekistan. The country was at the nexus of the Silk Road, meaning it is rich and diverse and full of flavors thanks to some incredible spices. Here are some Uzbek dishes that are an absolute must try.
Plov is a rice pilaf dish that is made with meat, carrots, and onions slowly cooked over an open flame. As the meat cooks, it imparts delicious flavor into the rice and vegetables, leaving you with a mouthwatering and heart meal that you will not forget.
Samsa is a delicious savory pastry that consists of flaky dough filled with a variety of fillings including potatoes and herbs or meat like beef or lamb. The pastries are baked until the filling is deliciously hot. Samsa is typically served as a snack and is often given with a size of yogurt and vegetables. The crunchy layers of baked flaky dough is a delight along with the delicious filling.
Shashlik is Uzbekistan’s take on kebabs. Meat, usually consisting of lamb, is marinated and skewered before being placed on the grill. Seasoning that is commonly used often includes a variety of spices to give the meat a delicious and unique flavor. Shashlik is often enjoyed at outdoor barbecues and picnics and is commonly served with bread and vegetables.
Lagman is another example of the effects of multiculturalism in Uzbekistan. This noodle dish is made of hand-pulled noodles cooked with meat and vegetables in a tomato stock. There is truly nothing more comforting than a delicious warn bowl of noodle soup.
Manti are an Uzbek classic. These delicate dumplings feature several kinds of fillings but most commonly are full of ground meat, onions, and aromatic spices. They’re shaped into beautiful parcels and then steamed. They’re often served with a side of yogurt sauce and are enjoyed at family gatherings.