Food In Bhutan – The Top 5 Dishes To Try

If you thought that the food in Bhutan was similar to Nepali, Indian or Burmese food, you’re in for a surprise. Bhutanese food is delectably unique and mainly uses a lot of chilli and cheese. Although all kinds of cuisine, ranging from Bhutanese, Indian, Nepali and Tibetan are available easily, one simply cannot miss the chance to try the local fare.

5 Must Try Dishes Amongst The Food In Bhutan –




Food in Bhutan

Ema Datshi made of chilli and cheese

Bhutan’s national food, Ema Datshi (Ema means Chilli and Datshi means cheese) is quite literally a combination of the two. This spicy condiment is served with the typical red rice and could use either green chillis or dried red chillis. If you go to Bhutan, it would be sacrilege to not have a taste of this unique dish. The Kewa Datshi and the Shamu Datshi are also stews that use potatoes and mushrooms respectively and are equally tasty. The Gondo Datshi is the Bhutanese version of scrambled eggs.



Food in Bhutan

Shakam Paa

Shakam is dried beef and a lot of the local dishes use beef in different forms. The Shakam Ema Datshi uses this cut dried beef in cheese and butter. The Shakam Paa is a dish of dried beef cooked with dried chillis and sometimes radishes. The Shakam Shukam Datshi is a rare dish that is a combination of dried beef, white chillis and cheese.

jasha maru

Food in Bhutan

A spicy chicken dish made with tomatoes, onion, coriander leaves, ginger, garlic and chillis, its consistency ranges from broth-like to stew-like. Occasionally, the chicken is substituted with beef.


phaksha paa

Food in Bhutan

A traditional stew made by simmering boneless pork shoulder until tender, along with radishes, ginger, bok choy and the omnipresent chilli powder. The stew is garnished with dried pork and green chillis.


Food in Bhutan

This dish needs no introduction, having gained immense popularity in India. These steamed pockets are filled with various stuffings such as minced pork or beef, cabbage, mixed vegetables or spiced cheese.

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