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    The Snowland Restaurant: Backpacker Haven

    by sugarpuff Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are several backapacker cafes and restaurants dotted around Barkor Street so you wont get hungry. They all have english menus along with Chinese ones and other popular foreign languages. I managed to take note of some of the dishes they had at this place to give you a taster...

    It was packed full of people at lunchtime when we went, so I presume it is in the guidebooks by now for all travellers to know about. It was cheap and cheerful. I bought some fantastic postcards for only 2rmb each here, of different people throughout Tibet from different sects...I will put those up here soon too.

    Favorite Dish: The menu includes Continental dishes with pastas, steaks and pizza, starting at 18rmb going up to 30 rmb, then soups, salads and snacks ranging from 8rmb to 15rmb.The wonderful curry I had falls under the Indian and Nepali dishes which include all kinds of vegetable and meat curries and of course naan bread. Prices range from 12rmb to 30rmb for the curries. Tibetan dishes are cheaper from 15-25rmb and have such delicious goodies as yak calf (!), tsampa soup and momo (steamed yak dumplings). And finally the Chinese dishes have all the usual fare with desserts to follow which sound mouth watering..banana fritters, lemon cheesecake etc...

    I had the chicken tikka and eventhough it was by far the best that I had had on the trip it was a little watery...no cream had been put in the sauce...unlike all the curries I get at restaurants in Beijing and abroad. But maybe Im better off this way, afterall, it would probably have been yak cream and tasted foul!!!

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    On our way to and back from Everest base camp: More Tibetan restaurants/houses

    by Oana_bic Written Jul 29, 2007

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    The further we went from Lhasa, the cheaper the food was getting..so was the taste and the certainty of what we were actually eating:) we stopped to many Tibetan houses on the road and just had some lunch...fried rice and yak always on the menu and your safest bet. Sometimes adventured to get salads or french fries but they just taste like nothing ..

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    Some restaurants next to Tashilunpo monastery: Shigatse

    by Oana_bic Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    We had a light snack in one of them (picture attached) which was reasonably good. The other one we had some dinner - a yak burger and fries that failed to taste the right way..The funniest thing was that monks from Tashilunpo monastery were having also dinner next to us..such a pitty that they dont speak a word of English ...

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    Tibetan evening: More of the Tibetan evening

    by Oana_bic Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    This was the treat of our Chinese agency and we shared the table with the two Chinese guys from the agency. It was a bit of a weird experience as I was so excited about finally arriving in Tibet that started crying when I saw the Tibetan show...Felt so sorry for the Tibetan guys and felt like kicking the ass of our Chinese hosts while they were explaning how they have enriched and civilised Tibetans...

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    Tibetan show and food: Tibetan evening

    by Oana_bic Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    Here was our first experience with Tibetan cuisine and loved it! Yak yoghurt was delicious and adored in in the combination with fried rice and yak, along with vegetables. The tea with yak butter tasted bizarre but great, loved the Tibetan beer and wine!

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    Dunya: Dunya restaurant Lhasa

    by Oana_bic Written Jul 29, 2007

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    Run by Dutch and American guys, this is one of the finest restaurant in Lhasa. Some interesting fusion dishes as yak sizzler or yak burger and pizza. Nice salads and friendly staff. There's also an outside terrase on the first floor overlooking main boluevard in Lhasa.

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    Street kitchens

    by tremendopunto Updated Aug 16, 2006

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    Stick to the delicious streetkitchens spreading everywhere in town. Especially around Barkhor Quarter. It is delicious locals/Chinese food with a great taste for little money, like everywhere in China! For prices around 3 Kuai you get the real taste!

    My personal recommendation are the muslim noodles with their garlic/vinegar and so on sauce for 2 Yuan a bowl!

    Favorite Dish: I especially like the Yak Butter Tea! Someone said the only worse thing than hot Yak Butter Tea is cold Yak Butter Tea - but I have to say it is a very intersting (salty) version for tea!

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    Various: Chang

    by grets Written Oct 30, 2005

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    A milky fermented beer, with a rich, fruity taste, that is brewed on special occasions. This is how people in our group described the drink:

    “Burning tyres”
    “Nicotine”
    “Like licking an ashtray”
    “Not bad”
    “Alcoholic sieved porridge”

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    Various: Yak Butter Tea

    by grets Written Oct 30, 2005

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    Tea is considered a necessity of life for Tibetans, and Chinese brick tea was once so valuable that it was used as currency. Yak-butter is used instead of milk, and salt in place of sugar (sugar is hard to come by in Tibet, whereas there are many salt deposits found near lakes). The resulting drink resembles a thin soup more than tea. Often tsampa is added to make a staple meal.

    The yak butter tea was described by the various people in our group as thus:
    “Liquid gorgonzola”
    “Not quite as awful as expected”
    “Tasted as if you were kissing a yak”
    “Sour milk”
    “A hint of decay”
    “There’s good bacteria, bad bacteria and this – terrorist bacteria!”
    “Rancid butter”

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    Various: Yak with Red Wine and Mushroom Sauce

    by grets Written Oct 30, 2005

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    The Kyichu Special Steak was described as sliced tenderloin of yak with a red wine and mushroom sauce. Served medium to rare (despite ordered blue), it was very lean and tender and the vegetables came al dente. A very good choice!

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    Various: Tibetan Pizza

    by grets Written Oct 29, 2005

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    Pizza was available on many of the menus we came across in Tibet. This particular Tibetan Pizza was very nice, described as having seasonal green chillies, dried onion, broth (????) and mixed vegetables. No yak.

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    Various: Nepalese Dhalbat

    by grets Written Oct 29, 2005

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    Generally speaking, Tibetan cuisine is a mixture of Nepalese and Chinese influences. Many restaurants had a choice of Tibetan, Chinese, Nepalese and Chinese cuisine on their menus. Here you can see a Nepalese Dhalbat, which is very similar to an Indian Thali, or a ‘curry set’. It was very tasty without being too spicy.

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    Various: Yak Burger

    by grets Updated Oct 29, 2005

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    Yak burgers were on most the menus in Tibet, and generally speaking in was very nice. It was very similar to a beef burger, quite nice and juicy. Sometimes if would be served in a bun or bap, other times between slices of bread as here.

    On the second photograph you can see a yak burger served with mushrooms and cheese.

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    Various: Yak Pepper Steak

    by grets Written Oct 29, 2005

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    Yet another variation of yak, this time with a tasty pepper sauce. French inspired, the meat was very tender and the whole dish was yummy. The vegetables, as with most we were served in Tibet, were cooked until barely tender – just how I like them!

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    Various: Shaptrak

    by grets Written Oct 29, 2005

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    Shaptrak is a local Tibetan dish which is not dissimilar to stir fried beef, except this one was made from yak. The meat was very tender, it was a nice mixture, and the whole dish was really nice and tasty.

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Most of the outstanding restaurants in Tibet are located in Lhasa. There are excellent restaurants in other areas as well but the most note worthy are located in Lhasa, such as;

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