October 18, 2016

Eat in kazakhstan like a local

shutterstock_59368432When travelling to Kazakhstan, you might frequently ask yourself, what to eat and how to eat just like locals, o let’s get today more into the local Kazakh cuisine and meet the country through food.

Kazakh love tea

They love it very much, actually the consume per person is 1.5kg of tea per year, it’s a whole ritual, where the tea is drunk from small cups called pialok (they are not having any handles) and with milk. On average, one person can easily drink 5-6 cups of tea a day.

kumys-3Milk drinks

In Kazakhstan you can taste three very specific milk drinks, they are as following: koumiss (fermented mare’s milk, with medical properties),airan (fermented milk diluted with water, drunk as a refreshment), katyk (sour milk, very similar to Russian kefir). All these drinks might seem extremely strange and exotic, but all of them are worth trying and taste like heaven.

Kazakhstan is the heaven for meat lovers

shutterstock_300916451Meat is everywhere, it’s the main ingredient both for appetizers and main courses. For example, one of the most traditional and loved appetizers, Sorpa, is basically a strong broth of any meat, with various fillings. Another Appetizer can be considered Kespe which is basically a home-made noodles boiled in beeth broth with chunks of meat and onions, it is usually served with cottage cheese and herbs.
For Main course is often made Beshbarmak, it’s pieces of dough boiled in lamb broth. The name means “five fingers”, because it’s eaten with hands and is very dramatic, as on a separate dish is served the ram’s head, a special gift for the most honoured guest.

shuzhuk-kolbasa-iz-koniny-v-domashnix-usloviyaxThey love horses, literally.

The two main delicacies of the Kazakh cuisine are Kazy and Shuzhuk. The first one, Kazy, is a traditional sausage from horse meat, that is cut from ribs and rubbed in salt, pepper and garlic, then fold in the washed intestine, boiled and cooled. The second one, Shuzhuk, is extremely similar to Kazy, the only difference between them being the fact that the meat for this type of sausage is cut into pieces and is kept in the mixture for several days before boiling.

They have a Nauryz dish

shutterstock_71545678On March 22, during the vernal equinox, in Kazakhstan is celebrated Nauryz, a specific holiday for this country, which is considered the beginning of the year. Especially for this day of the year, the chefs prepare a special dish which is called “Nauryz skin” There are two principles for its cooking: it is prepared from 7 ingredients – water, dried or dried meat, salt, butter or fat, cereals, yogurt; and always in a dish put seven kinds of cereal (usually – rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, corn, millet, wheat), and seasoned necessarily something sour milk (eg, ayran or katyk, in our opinion, kefir) . Usually it is served as a soup, but it can be prepared as a second course, adding to the pieces of cooked meat, or kazy shuzhuk).

But don’t forget that it’s much easier to enjoy these meals on a tour with SilkRoadExplore.com

Photo from sources: munara.kz, kolbasadoma.ru, shutterstock.com

14 days

Bike Tours in Kyrgyzstan: Variety Tour

If you are active and adventurous, we can offer you this unforgettable trip. Imagine yourself staying in different yurt camps at different altitudes, cycling in the mountains, horse trekking ...

From 
1420
The price depends on a group size. The price 1420 EUR per person is available for groups of 4 people.
More info
14 days

Bike Tours in Kyrgyzstan: Cycling Combined with Trekking and Horse Riding

If you are active and adventurous, we can offer you this unforgettable trip. Imagine yourself cycling in the Tien Shan mountains, 3 days hiking in Tong and horsebacking in a yurt camp at 245 ...

From 
1350
The price depends on a group size. The price 1350 EUR per person is available for groups of 4 people.
More info
8 days

Cultural Tourism in Kyrgyzstan - Culinary Tour

The Kyrgyz Republic is a multinational and multicultural country. Over 80 nations and ethnic groups live here, they differ in number, language, religion, and culture: Uzbeks, Tajiks, Russian ...

From 
$1550
The tour price is 1550 USD.
More info
8 days

Sightseeing Tour of Kazakhstan

Get to know one of the biggest Central Asian countries - Kazakhstan. Where to go first? Of course, Almaty - former capital - the country’s first city for cultural, educational, tourist and b ...

From 
$1325
Price from 1325 USD to 2470 USD per person (the price depends on a group size). The price 1325 USD per person is available for groups of 6 people.
More info
15 days
Guaranteed!
i
Fixed dates for 2018:
05/04/2020 - 05/18/2020
06/08/2020 - 06/22/2020
08/24/2020 - 09/07/2020
09/14/2020 - 09/28/2020

Central Asia Tour to 5 Stans 2020

Visit 5  countries of the Central Asian region for 15 days as part of the great Central Asia Tour, 2020 with fixed dates. Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are ...

From 
$2660
More info
14 days

Silk Road Travel: Tour Kyrgyzstan, China & Kazakhstan

This 2-week tour starts in Kyrgyzstan, moves into China, then ends in Kazakhstan for a Silk Road journey you will never forget. Begin by touring Kyrgyzstan's capital city of Bishkek, then go ...

From 
$3165
Price from 3165 USD to 3860 USD per person (the price depends on a group size). The price 3165 USD per person is available for groups of 5 people.
More info
1 day

White Water Adventures: Ili River, Kazakhstan

The Ili River is a large river flowing from east to west Kazakhstan. You will be rafting through a stunning rock canyon and be able to see 4 different famous sites: the crossing of Genghis K ...

From 
$40
More info
1 day

Most Dangerous White Water Rafting: Turgen River, Kazakhstan

The Turgen River is a river that originates from glaciers high in the Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains. The gorge through which the Turgen River flows is considered one of the most picturesque des ...

From 
$30
The price depends on a group size. The price 30 USD per person is available for groups of 10 people.
More info
1 day

Most Dangerous White Water Rafting: Chilik River, Kazakhstan

The Chilik River is a poweful river that originates from glaciers high in the Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains. The gorge through which the river flows is very large and contains pockets of extrem ...

From 
$60
The price depends on a group size. The price 60 USD per person is available for groups of 10 people.
More info
1 day

White Water Adventures: Charyn River, Kazakhstan

The Charyn River is one of the most well-known in Kazakhstan as well as surrounding countries due to its beautiful "Valley of Castles," which is where our rafting will take place. Begin raft ...

From 
$50
The price depends on a group size. The price 50 USD per person is available for groups of 10 people.
More info
5 days

Most Dangerous White Water Rafting: Koksu River, Kazakhstan

The Koksu River is located 300 km from Almaty as is one of the most beautiful rivers in the CIS. This rafting trip is unique in that it combines the opportunity to participate in an extreme ...

From 
$600
The price depends on a group size. The price 95 USD per person is available for groups of 10 people.
More info
3 days

Most Dangerous White Water Rafting: Karkara River, Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan

The Karkara River flows along the foothills of the Central Tien Shan Mountains 280 km from Almaty. The Karkara winds through picturesque alpine meadows at an altitude of 2,200 m. You will be ...

From 
$355
More info
19 days

Asian Tour to Five Stans 2016

You probably have heard these strange and often unfamiliar names with stans at the end - Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan. Let's get acquainted with these countri ...

From 
$3995
Price from 3995 USD to 4980 USD per person (the price depends on a group size). The price 3995 USD per person is available for groups of 5 people.
More info
11 days

Mountain biking in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is a paradise for cyclists as one can find here routes of any level of difficulty. Being a mountainous country Kyrgyzstan offers a wide range of landscapes and roads that take you ...

From 
$1750
Price from 1750 USD. The price depends on a group size. The price 1750 USD per person is available for groups of 5 people.
More info
8 days

Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Flower Watching Tour 2016

Kyrgyzstan is a huge godsend for any amateur botanic who will find out rare and endemic plants here. During several hours you will come through half desert and steppe foothills into mountain ...

From 
$1125
Price from 1125 USD to 1475 USD per person (the price depends on a group size). The price 1125 USD per person is available for groups of 8 people.
More info