This is The Soup Spoon’s second visit to Bhutan to gather our Souper Inspirations for “Take Me To Bhutan”. Our sponsor Druk Asia and partner DrukAir have been instrumental in planning the unique culinary and cultural experiences that Bhutan has to offer, and we are deeply thankful for that. These blog entries capture our happy memories […]Continue Reading
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Month: October 2015
Souperinspiration | Bhutanese Spicy Chicken Stew
My Souperinspiration: Bhutanese Spicy Chicken Stew Bjasha Maroo The inspiration behind my Bhutanese spicy chicken stew. Bhutanese cuisine is simple beyond our conception. In 2014, this was the one of the first stew we learnt to make in the home of Ugyen’s brother, Kinzang. Our guide told us that most Bhutanese only eat meat once a week. […]Continue Reading
Souperinspiration | Bhutanese inspired Beef and Barley Soup
My souperinspiration: Bhutanese inspired beef and barley soup Traditional Beef and barley soup This soup is one of the classic Western style comfort foods. It’s thick, hearty and delicious.It is nutritious as it’s packed full of vegetables, pearl barley and meat; perfect to keep your vitamin levels up during the cold season. Beef barley soup is […]Continue Reading
Souperinspiration | Bhutanese Potato cheese chilli with buckwheat balls
My souperinspiration: Bhutanese Potato cheese chilli with buckwheat balls Kewa Datse Cheese is a favourite ingredient and in fact ema datse – chillies and cheese “ema” means “chili” and “datse” means “cheese” in the Dzongkha language, is among the most famous dishes in Bhutanese cuisine and is Bhutan’s ubiquitous national dish of green or red chilies, […]Continue Reading
Souperinspiration | Bhutanese Beef with Radish and Mushroom Curry
My souperinspiration A lasting first impression February 2014, was my first visit to Bhutan. Our very first lunch in Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan, consists of a buffet spread at a modest restaurant, and one of the dishes that we were served was a beef broth style with cellophane noodles. It left a deep […]Continue Reading
Souperinspiration | Roasted Vegetable Chilli Cheese Soup
My souperinspiration: Roasted Vegetable Chilli Cheese Soup Ema datse Running a close second to Bhutan’s primary cliché are chillies. A largely rural society, the Bhutanese eat fresh, fruity, large and not particularly hot red and green chillies in impressive quantities most of the year, and use them dried daily. There is a lively piquancy to […]Continue Reading
Souperinspiration | Mixed Grain Dhal with Chicken
My souperinspiration: Mixed Grain Dhal with Chicken In 2005, Ruth Reichl (then editor of Gourmet) was quoted as saying that the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan had, “the world’s worst cuisine”. Reichl’s proclamation is born of ignorance of the full depth and breadth of Bhutan’s cuisine. As a kingdom sandwiched between the Asian giants of India […]Continue Reading
7 Things From 7 Days In Bhutan | 1. You can eat chilli with every meal.
Many have asked me, “What do Bhutanese eat?” We tell you here! Ema Datshi If Hainanese Chicken Rice is to Singapore, we wouldn’t be too far off to say ema datshi is to Bhutan. I don’t think we’ve had a meal in Bhutan that isn’t served with ema datshi! The airline food was a sign […]Continue Reading
7 Things From 7 days In Bhutan | 2. Food tastes even better when you know the sources.
We couldn’t have come at a better time – during summer in Bhutan, the land is impressively shrooming with mushrooms, peaches, plums, flowers of all colours! In this post, we languish in Bhutan’s simplicity and explore her down-to-earth and back-to-basic ways in appreciating what nature has blessed her with. Bhutan has banned the sales of […]Continue Reading
7 Things In 7 Days in Bhutan | 3. Traditions are for sharing.
Food transcends all boundaries, and both our trips to Bhutan were marked by this respect for food as we exchanged stories and traditions with our hosts in our cookouts and gatherings. “To zowa sho” means “come eat”” in Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan. This simple invitation encapsulates what our journal hopes to do because […]Continue Reading
7 Things From 7 Days In Bhutan | 4. No traffic lights, no problem.
Bhutan is a land of surprises. You will probably have heard about how this Himalayan kingdom is the first country where Gross National Happiness (GNH) is measured and deemed more important than Gross National Product. Ugyen shared his experience of filling up a long survey of questions that the Centre For Bhutan Studies has designed. […]Continue Reading
7 Things From 7 Days In Bhutan | 5. You can get Dzong-ed out, but you don’t have to
Culturally, Bhutan is unquestionably spiritual, and it’s difficult to traverse without passing through a Dzong on a nearby mountain. Dzongkha is Bhutan’s official language and ‘dzongkha’ literally means ‘the language spoken in the dzongs and administrative centers in all the districts of Bhutan’. Such is the level of significance dzongs command in Bhutan! More than […]Continue Reading