Last updated by tiamo256 at 2014/5/3
Local food is the cultural mirror of a region, reflecting its history, geography and folk custom. The Kashgar food has a long history back to the days of the ancient Silk Road. Kashgar is a natural post-house for the businessmen from around the world. Caravans and monks from the east or from the west would all take a rest in this small town in order to continue their journey. When they were happily enjoying the great hospitality of the local people, they brought plenty of exotic food from their motherlands. Their contributions together formed the diverse flavors of Kashgar delicacies.
Kashgar Featured Food:
Roast Whole Lamb
As one of the most famous dishes in Kashgar, Roast Whole Lamb is a dish that lights up a whole banquet. This dish is produced with good materials through special recipes. By taking a knife and cut the mutton from the lamb, you can eat till the moment when your bellies ache. The mutton tastes freshly without sheepy odor, thus getting its fame throughout the country or even the whole world because of the crisp skin, tender meat and the pleasant flavor.
Bachu Grilled Fish
It is a traditional folk style savory food in Kashgar, and the Bachu County has the most well-known grilled fish. The making process is like this: gut and clean the live fish, then cut it half through the belly. Then insert some pin sticks into the fish-skin. After that, the fish can be roasted on the fire, and refined salted water, black pepper and cumin powder should be put on the fish. The fish tastes really fresh and crisp without fishy odor, you've got to have a taste of the extraordinary flavor.
Roasted Buns & Sliced Steamed Buns
The wrapper for roasted buns is made of flour. The buns are usually stuffed with materials like stir-fried diced mutton, onion, pepper and cumin powder. Finally they will be roasted in a special pit.
Sliced steamed buns, on the other hand, is made with almost the same ingredients as roasted buns. When the buns are ready, the ingredients inside can be seen through the sliced wrapper.
Rice With Fingers
Rice with Fingers, pronouncing “Bolao” in Uighur, is a kind of food that is popular among the local people. It is named “Rice with Fingers” for it is usually eaten with fingers. The main sources of it are rice, mutton, carrot, raisin, onion and boiled oil. When those all together are cooked in a covered vessel, then there will come out the rice which is savory and smells good. The Uyghur people like it so much that it is frequently cooked at home and a great amount of it will be supplied during the weddings and funerals. If you go there, you can't miss it.
Ququ is a kind of traditional food that is loved by Uygur. It resembles the well-known wonton and dumplings, but is different mainly because of mutton that is added into the filling and the soup of Ququ. With thin skin, lushy filling and the mutton soup with original taste and flavor, it tastes really good. You can find it at any restaurant in the towns and villages of Kashgar.
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