The most typical and well-known food with Tibetan flavor includes a variety of sausages, highland barley wine, buttered tea, big chunks of stewed lamb or beef, yak tongue dressed with sauces, Tibetan styled steamed stuffed buns, Zanba (roasted highland barley flour), as well as sweet tea, milk tea, yoghourt, roasted sausage, air dried meat and Shabching (meat paste), and so on.
Photo shows the sweet tea made from boiled black tea, milk and sugar, which possesses a history of over a century. With rich nutrient and luscious taste, it is widely welcomed by local Tibetan people. [Photo/ bbs.tibet.cn]
Photo shows cheese cake in Lhasa, which enriches the traditional Tibetan dairy products with modern desserts. The main food consumed in Tibet contains mainly highland barley, meat and dairy products, which you will find with every meal of the day, due to the high altitude and severe natural environment of Tibet. [Photo/ bbs.tibet.cn]
Photo shows the unique silverweed cinquefoil root rice in Tibet, which is made of rice, yak butter and sugar, as well as silverweed cinquefoil root, which is also known as ginseng fruit. The rice is considered as a symbolized food of unity and harmony, which should be served and enjoyed firstly when host a banquet to receive guests. Mostly being heart-shaped and oval-shaped, the fruit has high protein, low sugar, low fat and rich vitamin C, and is also used as a Tibetan medicine material. [Photo/ bbs.tibet.cn]
Photo shows the Tibetan yoghourt, which has better flavor after being iced. Yoghourt is so beloved by Tibetans that one of the most important traditional festivals is named Yoghourt Festival, or a more well-known name Shoton Festival, as the word "Shoton" means yogurt in Tibetan language. The festival is originated from donating yoghourts to monks after their staying in retreat for dozens of days and being forbidden to go out to avoid killing any insects. It is usually held in late June and early July of Tibetan calendar. [Photo/ bbs.tibet.cn]
Photo shows the sweet tea made from boiled black tea, milk and sugar in the small glass, which is served in teashops everywhere in Lhasa and widely welcomed by local Tibetan people. [Photo/ bbs.tibet.cn]
Photo shows the yoghourt ice-cream, which combines traditional Tibetan flavor with modern cold snacks style. [Photo/ bbs.tibet.cn]