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The Different Types of Delicious Food You Must Try in Tibet

Time: 25-01-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour


Tibet is a very unique and culturally distinct region. A part of its distinctive culture is also the food native to this land. If you’re a tourist visiting this region it’s an absolute must that you try Tibet’s authentic local cuisine. Of course, as with any culture’s native food, the tastes of this cuisine may not be the preference of some’s pallets whereas others simply fall in love with it.

The important thing is to at least give this food a try on your visit. As they say, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it! Trying out Tibetan food is a must when visiting so here are some of the go-to meals you have to put on your bucket list:

Tibetan Noodle Soup Tibetan Noodle Soup

Thukpa (Noodle Soup)

One of the things that everyone notices when they visit Tibet is the large number of tea houses. Apart from serving delicious tea, these tea houses also offer traditional Tibetan noodle soup called Thukpa.

These noodles have a mild taste to them and are a favorite of many visitors. This dish is often made with wheat flour, yak meat, vegetables, and bone broth. This is a very popular dish for locals to eat this meal after their pilgrimage and they all flock to the tea houses.

Tibetan Tsampa Tibetan Tsampa


Tsampa is a very common food in Tibet. Tsampa is crafted from roasted barley flour, which is a favorite of the locals. Whenever you’re a guest in a Tibetan home, you will be welcomed with tea and Tsampa, as it is the perfect combination.

Tsampa is rich in calories and has a great nutritional value, which is why the Tibetans worship this food and even believe that it can scare away evil spirits and bring peace.


Tibetan restaurants really don’t often offer a lot of choices when it comes to deserts, even though the Tibetan cuisine includes quite a few of them. However, Dre-si can always be found on the menu. This dessert is made out of rice, Droma, which is a local root-plant, sugar, and butter broth. This dish is commonly eaten on the Tibetan New Year of Losar.

Tibetan Yogurt desert Tibetan Yogurt desert

Tibetan Yogurt desert

This dessert is probably one of the favorite ones among the locals and a lot of them eat it as a pastime snack. Tibetan Yogurt can be found in most restaurants and even on the street stands.

This yogurt is made out of fermented yak milk and doesn’t include any additives. You can find it in different combinations with various fruit.


Even though this dish closely resembles Chinese dumplings, Momo can come in different shapes. In some restaurants, it’s completely round and has a yak meat filling. There is also a vegetarian variety that includes onions, mushrooms, and cabbage.

Momo Momo

Momo can come in a soup but in most cases, you can find fried or steamed dumplings. Still, a traditional recipe for Tibetan Momo includes steamed dumplings with meat, dressing, spicy sauce, and vegetables.

These are some of the foods you should definitively try out when visiting Tibet. Give each meal a chance and see what you like the most. For an immersive Tibetan experience, be sure to book a Tibetan tour with Budget Tibet Tours today!

Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

user portrait Ms. Do*** from: Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash

Hello, can you please let me know he pricing and availablity (departure either in September or in October) for 1 person (group joining basis) for Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash and /or Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash & Guge Kingdom

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,


Answered by Helen

Dear Do***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Based on your requests, and I think I would like to recommend you to fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu then take the 15days group tour, as we do not have group tour starting from Kathmandu then head to Kailash from there. All group tours will start from Lhasa. We have the 15 Days Kailash Trekking back to Lhasa group tour on 12th Sept. and 3rd Oct. 2019, sorry we have not set up a tour to Guge yet, but if you take it as private tour, no problem about it, of course the fee for solo tourist would be quite costly in Sept or Oct. and on 3rd Oct we have one female who would like to share room. And I will forward you more details to your email. Best regards.

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user portrait Mr. Em*** from: 5 Days Lhasa & Yamdrok Lake Hiking Tour


I am writing you to get more information on your 5 days Lhasa and Yamdrok tour.

Especially I would like to know if you can confirm me the dates and prices mentioned on the website for the month of October 2019 (apparently 8 departures in the month, prices between 590 and 680USD depending if beginning or end of October?). Regarding the price, I would also like to know if it is possible to get cheaper ones if spending the night in a cheaper accomodation, such as guesthouse, instead of 3 star hotel.

I thank you in advance for all this information.
If I get interesting information, I might make my choice of date quite soon, before the end of May.

Best regards,

Answered by Helen

Dear Em***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry.

1) Based on your situation I would like to recommend you 6days Lhasa to Shigaste group tour which will cover Yamdrok Lake too as this tour we can run even if there are 1 people, because we can mix it to 8days Everest group tour and get back to Lhasa by train from Shigaste. As for the 5days Yamdrok Lake tour, we only can start it when they are at least 2 people.

2) You can book the hotel in Lhasa on your own, so I can cut the hotel fee in Lhasa for you, and in Shigaste we can arrange you the guest house which will be cheaper but there will be no breakfast and you can have it on your own with 10-20RMB for meal.

3) If you can come to Tibet after 15th Oct, which will be better as less cost on the tour. And I will give you the choice for the whole month. Right now we have the date on 1st Oct, 3rd Oct, 16th Oct and 24th Oct and all the dates have people booked.

And I will forward more details to your email. Best regards.

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user portrait Mr. Ma*** from: 4 Days Lhasa Holy Landmarks Express

I only have single entry China Visa will that be a problem if I go Tibet and go back to China?

Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Mac,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. Tibet is part of China, so it's no problem for you to travel Tibet and go back to China with your single entry Chinese visa. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.

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