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Bhutanese Food, Drinks, and Wine

From Ema Datsi to Arra

Food in Bhutan

A traditional Bhutanese meal includes rice and chillies, which are known for their heat. Hot chillies are a fundamental part of every meal and are consumed either wholly with salt, or in a chilli and cheese curry. Chilli peppers are consumed in large quantities and are treated as a vegetable, not simply as a spice.

The most typical Bhutanese curry is Ema Datsi, which means chilli and cheese. There are many variations of this with the addition of other vegetables including potatoes for Kewa Datsi and mushrooms for Shamu Datsi. Eaten in the traditional way these curries are all very hot, but can be adjusted according to your taste.

Food in Bhutan

Another popular dish is the momo, similar to a dumpling, and is found at most restaurants with either minced meat or cheese and onions.

Indian fare is quite common throughout the country and is quite tasty with many options for vegetarians. A variety of international and Chinese cuisine are also common in tourist standard hotels and local restaurants.

When you use Bhutan “Your Way” Tours as your travel agent, your dining experiences will be at your discretion with options from eating at your hotel, a local restaurant, or even a farmhouse, 100% of the time. You will not be subject to buffet-style meals, unless you want to!

Drinks in Bhutan

Coffee and teas are readily available throughout the country; however, a traditional alternative is Suja, or salted butter tea. Although not for the diet-minded, it’s a very tasty concoction which will give you energy to start your day, or warm you on a cold night.

drinks in bhutan

Several types of locally consumed beers are also readily available which typically come in 750 ml bottles. A local specialty is Arra, a type of wine or whiskey, which can be served plain or with egg and butter although not always for the faint at heart. Other local wines can also be found depending upon your location.

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