The Top 10 Shangri-La Foods You Must Try
Blessed with spectacular natural scenery, Shangri-La provides a peaceful backdrop for tasting various local food and drinks. Among the variety of specialty, Tibetan Cake, Zanba, Pipa Meat, Saimi Lamb, Guoben Hot Pot, butter tea, yogurt, and barley wine are most famous. Zanba made from highland barley flour is the staple food of the Tibetans and is always eaten with butter tea. Pipa Meat, a non-greasy preserved form of pork, is considered to be a local delicacy and normally kept for entertaining guests.
1. Barley Wine
Barley Wine, sometimes called "Tibetan Beer" looks like yellow rice wine, which appears light yellow and tastes sweet, with a slightly sour zing to it. It is favored by Tibetans and an indispensable part during the festivals and celebrations. The Tibetans toast barley wine to show their respect for honored guests. Many of these toasts are quite elaborate and feature singing as well as a plethora of blessings and good wishes. The person who is being toasted drains their cup when the song is finished.
Zanba is the staple food of Tibetan people. It is a kind of dough made with roasted highland qingke barley flour and yak butter with water. Firstly grind the roasted Highland Barley into flour, and then mix it with ghee. Zanba is a simple food and quite easy to carry about when Tibetan people move about in search of pasture. When they go on a long journey, they bring a bowl, Zanba, butter, and dry milk powder. No matter where they go, they can use water to make a fragrant meal of Zanba without lighting a fire to cook.
3. Buttered Tea
Buttered tea, made of boiled brick tea and ghee, is the favorite drink of Tibetan people. When they make buttered tea, they mix boiled brick tea and ghee in a special can, add some salt, pour the mixed liquid into a pottery or metal teapot and finally heat up it (but not boil it). Butter tea is very nutritious and suited to the cold, high-altitude region. It keeps the body warm and the blood circulating, while quenching thirst and overcoming fatigue. It's the Tibetan's all-in-one energy drink.
4. Pickled Vegetables
when you visit a Tibetan home, you will be entertained with a traditional soup made from pickled vegetables. Not only pickled vegetables taste good, but also can regulate appetite, protect against the cold and help the whole body system.
5. Milk Product
There are a number of dairy farms in Tibet, which supply abundant fresh and nutritious milk. People use this to make a number of dairy products such as cheese, butter, and yogurt.