14 December 2015

Biggest restaurant in Lhasa carries forward Tibetan food culture

Biggest restaurant in Lhasa carries forward Tibetan food culture
The"Pin Tsok Ge Don Restaurant" is full of Tibetan styles.[Photo/China Tibet Online]

In an ordinary Tibetan-style courtyard, all kinds of flowers are in full blossom in front of the two-story building, in the Tuanjie village of Lhasa. Here stands the "Pin Tsok Ge Don Restaurant", a traditional Tibetan restaurant enjoying a high local reputation.

Tsering Chogyel founded the restaurant in 2004 thanks to the rapid development of Tibet tourism. He said that, at that time, more and more people came to Tibet not only for enjoying its beautiful landscapes, but also to taste the delicious Tibetan food. However, the limited number of restaurants couldn't satisfy people's increasing needs then.

Besides, Tsering Chogyel thought he could inherit and carry forward Tibetan food culture as fewer chefs cook traditional Tibetan food in nowadays.

Tsering Chogyel's idea received positive response from his son and daughter-in-law, under the help of whom he opened the restaurant, which had only two private rooms and five or six staff, including the chef and service staff.
At the beginning, there were few customers, even no customers for four or five days because of the location of the restaurant.

Regardless of number of customer, Tsering Chogyel will provide them the most authentic Tibetan-style food with the freshest materials.

Hard work pays off, the "Pin Tsok Ge Don Restaurant" wins a good reputation through word of mouth.

Biggest restaurant in Lhasa carries forward Tibetan food culture
All kinds of dishes in"Pin Tsok Ge Don Restaurant".[Photo/China Tibet Online]

Biggest restaurant in Lhasa carries forward Tibetan food culture
The traditional Tibetan-style square table in "Pin Tsok Ge Don Restaurant".[Photo/China Tibet Online]

Currently, "Pin Tsok Ge Don Restaurant" opened a branch, which offers innovative dishes according to customers'demands besides the traditional varieties of food.
Ninety percent of the innovative dishes materials are from local areas and typically Tibetan flavor.

At present, people can enjoy over 100 kinds of dishes in"Pin Tsok Ge Don Restaurant", including some 30 to 40traditional dishes, such as Tibetan-style chaffy dish, sheep lung, black pudding, roast mutton chops and grilled beef steak.

To ensure the original taste and flavor of Tibetan food, the head chef of "Pin Tsok Ge Don Restaurant" will lead a group to go up to the mountains to pick traditional wild spices every year, like wild onion and wild garlic that are used in cooking authentic Tibetan meals after being dried and processed.

The dinning environment also fully reflects the Tibetan culture, like the inside Tibetan-style decorations, traditional Tibetan square tables and Tibetan menus.

Tsering Chogyel says that he hopes customers, inland visitors in particular, could fully feel the unique characteristic of Tibetan culture while enjoying the delicious Tibetan food.

Biggest restaurant in Lhasa carries forward Tibetan food culture
The courtyard is full of Tibetan flavors.[Photo/China Tibet Online]

At present, there are over 180 staff from Tibetan agricultural and pastoral areas working in the "Pin Tsok Ge Don Restaurant", where they can not only earn a bread, but also improve their knowledge.

"Having a dinner here is just like eating at a Tibetan friend's home, considering its authentic flavors and warm and caring environment," said a customer.

Now,"Pin Tsok Ge Don Restaurant" is the largest Tibetan-style restaurant in Lhasa. It not only carries forward the traditional Tibetan food, but also fully embodies the Tibetan culture in its meals.

In May, 2013, the "Pin Tsok Ge Don Restaurant" Co. , Ltd. was officially established, marking the"Pin Tsok Ge Don Restaurant" has entered a new development stage.