Tibetan Food and Drink
The staple of Tibetan food is Tsampa, which is considered by some to be an un-appetizing mixture of barley flour and yak butter. It is eaten by Tibetans at nearly every meal and because it travels well, is the food of choice on the road. Tsampa is made of roasted barley, with the husk, ground into very fine flour usually using a hand mill. Tsampa is served with the infamous yak butter tea, an acquired taste unpalatable to most foreigners. To eat Tsampa hold the bowl provided in your left hand and use your right hand to mix the flour with a little tea, rolling the mixture into small lumps. Use only the fingers of your RIGHT hand when touching food. Eat the lump of Tsampa /tea with your fingers.
Tibetan Butter Tea
Bring the taste of Tibet into your own home with this quick recipe. Boil 1 TB loose black tea leaves for 10 minutes. Strain. Add 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 TB butter, and salt. Tibetans drink their tea very salty.
Other popular foods you will find in a Tibetan restaurant include dried meat, roast sheep intestines, sheep blood soup, yak meat, ox tongue, rice fried with yak butter, yogurt, and cheese. You will also frequently see momos, Tibetan dumplings, and thenthuk, Tibetan noodles.