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To eat fish is a very important activity when you are traveling in Altay. There are a lot of ways to cook and eat fish. However, to stew it with Chinese Asafetida is the most piquant cooking method, which can only be enjoyed in Altay.
Black Melon Seeds
Black melon seeds contain many nutrition elements such as Ca, P, Fe, etc mineral elements, and vitamin A, vitamin B2. They are rich in protein and fatty acid. According to the Book of Compendium of Material Medical, a book written by Li Shizhen, a famous doctor in Ming dynasty, black melon seeds is good for lung and intestines.
Camel milk is a new fashion of people's pursuit of green food. It contains more than ten times nutrients as many as cow milk and has the effects of moistening the lungs, stimulating the appetite, and maintaining the face. The dry and barren pasture lands in Altay area are just suitable for the growth of camels which can tolerate drought, eat tough hay and have a small appetite.
Naren is a kind of food with campo characteristic and also the best dish to serve guests in Kazakhstan people's houses. Naren means eating mutton with hands. Usually, it is cooked by boiling 12 fresh hunks of mutton with bones in it together with washed goat head. Only salt is added into the soup to preserve the freshness of the mutton.
the flour soup is a kind of special food favored by the Hui people. Whenever in EID-ul-Azha and Eid al Fitr, every household will cook the flour soup to entertain the distinguished guests and relatives. Before their marriage, the Hui females will be trained in cooking the flour soup at home. Hence, almost every Hui female can cook the flout soup.
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