While I was in Gangtok and throughout Northern India, I had many opportunities to sample authentic Tibetan food, there being a huge Tibetan population living in Sikkim province of India. Though I tried a number of different Tibetan restaurants throughout Gangtok, but my favorite was a Taste of Tibet. Located right along the MG Marg walking street in central Gangtok, this restaurant is located on the third story, so while you dine you can also people watch along the street below.
At first I thought Taste of Tibet may be a bit of a tourist restaurant, but after eating there for the first time, I discovered that while some tourist did eat there, it was also a local favorite. There were numerous tables of monks and Tibetans every time I ate there, which was three times in the course of just a few days. So if you’re looking for a good Tibetan food restaurants when you’re in Gangtok, India, be sure to check out Taste of Tibet.
In this video I first started off with a plate of momo dumplings, one of the most popular dishes in that area of the world, both Nepal, Tibet, and India. They are basically Chinese jaozi dumplings that can be ordered with a choice fillings usually vegetarian, chicken, buffalo, or pork. They were piping and fresh when delivered to my table. Along with the killer chili sauce, each dumpling was super flavorful and wonderful. The next dish I ordered was another Tibetan food classic known as shapale, which is basically just a meat pie. The little pastries were filled with meat and then deep fried to a crisp. They were delicious, but again, they needed quite a lot of chili sauce to make the flavor strong and more flavorful. Noodles soups like thukpa and thenthuk are extremely common Tibetan dishes, and since I had already had thukpa a number of times, I decided to try out their thenthuk this time. It consisted of fresh noodles shaved into bite sized pieces and within a thick soup broth with some assorted vegetables. The soup wasn’t all that flavorful, but it needed to be enhanced with soy sauce and chili sauce and some other sauces provided.
Tibetan food is normally served quite plain, they don’t use a lot of spices. However, at every Tibetan restaurant you’ll also find a marvelous chili sauce that will light your mouth on fire if you’re in need of some extra spice. I did enjoy eating Tibetan food, but like I’ve mentioned it need chili sauce. Dishes are even served with little salt, making it up to the eater to determine how much flavor to add.
The total price of my meal at Taste of Tibet came to just $5 and it was a warm and comforting meal on a cold day in Gangtok, India.
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