Kyrgyzstan Food | Eating our favorite Kyrgyz cuisine in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Food | Eating our favorite Kyrgyz cuisine in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


Alright, hello hello guys. We are back in Bishkek (Бишке́к) and
today is actually our last day in Kyrgyzstan (Киргизия) and we can’t leave the
country without making a Kyrgyz food video. So where are we off to? Let’s see if you remember the name. I’ve been calling it the wrong thing probably
like 10 times in a row. We are off to Arzu (Арзу). Arzu! Arzu. Oh my gosh he got it. He’s called it Azur, Azurus. Basically everything aside from Azur. Arzu (Арзу). Hahaha. Anyways, let’s walk over to Arzu we’re just
like resting in the shade for like a few brief moments. It is like 35 degrees outside. It is so hot and it is only June. So it is only going to get worse. Let’s go eat. But anyways food. We have arrived. It was a really short walk from out hotel. And lucky for us they have an English menu
because our Russian is really really bad. But you know what is funny? Last night we had Korean food and they had
pictures but everything was in Russian and Kyrgyz but we could understand everything
was just from the pictures and we were saying in Korean. And it was in Korean. We could read the Korean. We could read the Korean too. I feel like such a little kid at the table
right now. This table is like up to my chest. I’m like urgh the food. Haha. But anyways um a few of the dishes have arrived. And we got some Borsok (боорсок) and
these are little fried pieces of dough that are fried in oil and we had these a lot when
we were doing our treks and staying in yurt camps. Like as soon as we arrived they would pour
us a cup of chai and put a basket of borsook (боорсок) in front of us and we would
have like all of these jams and fresh honey. This reminds us of horse-trekking and hiking
in Kyrgyzstan most definitely. And so yeah we wanted to kind of replicate
that by getting it along with some tea. Yeah, I mean I don’t think it is amazing on
its own. It is just like fried bread but if you add
some jam or honey. Ooh. It is really good. Especially with honey. Honey for the win. Kyrgyz honey some of the best. Super. In the whole world. Alright, next up. Next up one of the appetizers we got is Samsa
(самса) and before I talk about this I have to say I’m slightly sad because I had
a big dream of having. A food dream. A food dream I had a big dream of having pumpkin
manti (мантуу) which is like the Kyrgyz kind of dumplings. Steamed dumplings and it was going to be filled
with pumpkin. And that is what I wanted but this is an okay
replacement. This is basically it is you can imagine it
is sort of like a it looks almost like a pizza pocket but yeah it is like a Kyrgyz style
and they have sesame seeds on the outside and inside there should be meat and fat and
onions. Oh la lah. So it is cooked in a tandoori oven so yeah. Yeah, let’s try that. Big bite. Mmmmm. How is that? Mmmm. You know what? I take my disappointment back. Haha. This is really good. This is almost like sort of like a deep-fried
manty (манты). And inside I think what really makes this
is just how crispy it is on the outside but then how juicy it is on the inside. Like you have a lot of juicy meat and onions
and it is just this is really good. Would you describe it like ground beef or
like diced beef? What is in there? Um, it is more like a ground beef. Yeah? Yeah. Yeah, but really juicy. Mmmm. And to wash it all down because it is really
hot outside and just because well I like the local beer here. I’ve got some Arpa (АРПА) and let’s give that a try. You’ve been having Arpa (АРПА) on the daily. No, I wouldn’t say daily. Well since we arrived in Bishkek. Yeah, that is true. I’ve had it every day since we’ve been in
Bishkek but I mean it has been so hot. So this is the perfect way to cool down. And it is a nice refreshing beer. So our two mains are here. And if you take a look I ordered the Laghman
(лағмон) and I’ve been having a lot of Lagman (лағмон) since we’ve been
here in Kyrgyzstan but usually in soup form. You can get like noodles with broth and this
time around I ordered the fried version. So it looks like this has been stir-fried
in a pan. This looks really good man. Look at the ingredients. We have onions, we have um red and green bell
peppers. What else do we have here? We have some meat. Yeah. I’m starting to see why this is one of the
more popular restaurants in Bishkek at least like we’ve always been recommended by locals. Yeah, everyone says Arzu (Арзу). The quality has been outstanding so far. And we’ve been able to order like basically
all of our favorite types of Kyrgyz dishes. Kyrgyz cuisine. Is it good? And that is nice and a little bit of parsley
on top. Oh man. Oh yeah. Oh man. Oh man. She says. Oh man. She goes in for more. Quality control round 2. Mmmm. Good? So Sam also wanted to try yeah some of the
Boso Laghman. Thank you for sharing. Sharing is definitely caring. Oh man, I just had a piece of meat and I dropped
it. Let’s try that. I also like that they kind of cut up the noodles. It is not like long string sphaghetti that
you have to twist on your fork. It is easier to eat. That is very true. Yeah, normally the noodles are a lot longer. Mmmhmm. They cut them up and this is nice like it
is a little bit spicy but not overpowering. It has got a lot of flavor. So the thing I really like are the big generous
slices of meat that you can find in here. So yeah, it is pretty wonderful I have to
say. And now time for your main. Yeah, so I’m having Plov (палоо) or sometimes
it is also called Pilaf (палоо) and this is probably one of the most common foods found
throughout Central Asia. Like you will find Plov in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan. Basically in this whole region it is very
popular and every country has their own unique twist to it. So it’ll be interesting to try this. So this one has meat and it also has it appears
to have like um some peppers. It has carrots, it has some chives. So let’s try that. Boiled eggs. Boiled eggs. Sam’s favorite. And I’ll be leaving those for you. Mmmm. Oh man. I had a really big piece of meat and that
meat was really like tender and chewy and fatty. That is delicious. And I like this rice is very flavorful too
so it is just like all these different ingredients. You’ve got the vegetables, you’ve got the
meat and we’ve got flavorful rice and it just makes like for a wonderful dish to accompany
like something else. Like if you’re having the next thing that
we’re getting we’re getting Shashlik (шашлы́к). The skewered meat. So this is a perfect compliment for something
like that. Well? Well, well. Since I shared. No, since I shared mine. Since you shared your meal with me I think
it is only fair that I reciprocate right? Yeah, and looking at the rice it almost looks
like a brown rice. Like a bit of a wild rice. Yeah, yeah? Doesn’t it? Yeah, I was I wanted to say that but I forgot. Yeah. It really does it does look like a wild brown
rice. And it is almost a shorter rice. Mmmm. Isn’t that nice? That is really good. It is really good. And you know what? What? They brought us over this like spicy chili
paste. I’m not sure if it is meant for the noodles
or for the rice. I’m just going to put some in the rice. Yeah. I forget which dish it was brought with but
I have a feeling it is for the noodles. Maybe for the noodles. We’ll see how it goes. We tend to roll. Don’t tell anyone. We tend to roll a little bit weird sometimes
so yeah. Let’s see. Let’s try it like that. Mmmm. Oh, it works. It works. Tasty. Mmmhmmm. And definitely more spicy? Mmmhmmm. And the star of the show has arrived. Alright, so this is the last one. We ordered Shashlyk (шашлы́к) which
is a skewered meat. And we got the lamb. Ooh. And it came covered in onions and dill. Oh, this is where you get to see I don’t have
a lot of talent in the meat department. Haha. Oh, that wasn’t so messy. You got it off. You got it off. Alright, so set this down. This giant skewer that takes up half of the
table. And let’s try the Shashlik. Absolutely. Dig in. Yeah. And like a traditional Shashlik (шашлы́к)
is usually lamb but these days you can get like beef, you can get chicken. Yeah. We ordered the lamb right? Yeah, we got lamb. It is always the best. It is the tastiest. Like we’ve had a lot of Shashlik and I was
a little disappointed by the chicken one. Yeah. But lamb you can’t go wrong with it. And when I thought about coming back to Kyrgyzstan
the one must food that I had to have again was the Shashlyk. That is my favorite food in Kyrgyzstan for
sure. You’re going to love this. Yeah? So good. Tender as tender can be? MMmmm. Flavorful? It is really nice. Really juicy. Oh man. Lamb shashlik guys. The must try food of Kyrgyzstan. Time for my first bite. I’m going to try it with the sauce. Take it for a swim. Take it for a swim as we like to say. Mmmmm. As good as you remember? It gets better with every bite. Like it is like it is so juicy the flavor
kind of reveals itself slowly. Ooh. Mmmm. Sam is being all poetic about meat over here. A true carnivore. Honestly, you know what? Our very last meal in Kyrgyzstan is going
to be tonight and we’re going out with friends and we’re going for it was described as a
Shashlik blowout. Oh ho ho. So we’re going to be having more of this tonight. So this is like the perfect way to be ending
things off here in Kyrgyzstan I have to say. And the meal is over. Oh, so sad. So stuffed you mean. Yeah, sad and stuffed because we originally
thought maybe we’d have some room for dessert but ooh. My belly feels like it is going to explode
right now. That is the sign of a good meal though. Anyways, on to that time price point. So that came to 930 Som which currently is
just over $13 US dollars. Like pretty insane value. So this is like a popular restaurant. It is a bit fancier here but still it was
really affordable. So that was like I had a beer with a huge
pot of tea. We had like the appetizers. Oh, two appetizers. The pastry and the bread. The rice, the noodles and the meat. So you’re talking like seven things for thirteen
US dollars. You can’t go wrong and I can see why this
restaurant is really popular. It is actually our first sit down meal here. Uh, actually the very first time we came to
Bishkek (Бишкéк) in Kyrgyzstan our good friend Stephen Lioy recommended we come here
for Manti and that was in the evening when they were actually making it. So we had only tried the Manti before. And we did take-away. Yeah, we did take away so we never sat down
here. So it was our first time to actually come
and have a proper meal here and I can say I highly highly recommend Arzu (Арзу). The food is fantastic, the prices are just
right and the service is great. So definitely come here if you’re in Bishkek,
Kyrgyzstan (Кыргызстан). And I’m so pleased you got the name right. Haha. Finally. Finally.