5 Must-Try Kazakh Dishes


Food is one of the best ways to discover a new culture as it reflects country’s traditions and history. Kazakh cuisine is probably one of the most exotic types of food for the American foodies. It reflects nomadic traditions and is focused on horse meat and lamb as well as dairy products.

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For centuries, Kazakhs were herders that lived in challenging climate conditions. This way of life required a lot energy, which determined the nature of Kazakh food that is very high in protein and calories. Besides meat, pastries and flour products are another important component of the Kazakh national dishes.

We compiled a list of 5 must-try Kazakh dishes that will help you discover the amazing culture of Kazakhstan:

1. Baursaks: balls of dough pre-fried in boiling oil. This may sound like a donut to most American foodies.

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But wait it gets better!

**2. Samsa- **pastries shaped like triangles and filled with meat.

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**3. Laghman - **thick noodles served with beef broth, beef and tomatoes, this is popular in local cafes and fast food restaurants.

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**4. Manti- **a spiced mixture of lamb or beef, mixed with black pepper and enveloped in a dough wrapper.

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**5. Beshbarmak **is considered to be the “main dish” of Kazakh cuisine. Beshbarmak is translated as “five fingers” because the dish is traditionally eaten with hands instead of utensils. Besbarmak is made with either horse or lamb meat, pasta cut into small squares, and herbs.

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Kazakhs are also known for being tea-drinkers since Black Tea was introduced to the country by the way of China. Personally, I love tea and I drink it every day, so I can relate to the Kazakh palate in terms of their beverage choice. It is said that tea has replaced many traditional Kazakh drinks such as fermented mare’s milk and camel milk.

Well, readers, if you travel to Kazakhstan, let the flavors of Kazakh cuisine take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey!