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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!

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user portrait Ms. Ho*** from: When to get my Tibet permit

Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  


1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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