Almaty Kazakhstan Food
Peter Kenyon of NPR has just returned from the Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan and visited the Green Bazaar in Almaty. As an important commercial and cultural centre of Kazakhstan, it has enchanted its guests with its eclectic mix of food and culture. From the summer ambience to the soul - soothing delicacies, there are plenty of opportunities to taste the best Kazakh dishes in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The food found in Kazakhstan is linked to the nomadic traditions of the country, but is also influenced by other countries and ethnic groups such as Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It is also a great place to try a variety of different types of food from different cultures, as it is so cheap (mainly around the PS1). No other country or ethnic group has such a wide range of flavours, tastes and cuisines and such a great diversity.
Russians living in Kazakhstan retain part of their cultural heritage, while Kazakh cuisine has a certain Russian influence and vice versa. Knowledge of Russian allows you to communicate with people outside Kazakhstan as well as with people from other countries and ethnic groups in Russia.
Almaty is the capital of Kazakhstan, the second largest city in Central Asia and the third largest in the world. Kazakhstan has opened its borders and territory to the world through the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to the capital Astana in 2013. The wild plains where Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and China meet and meet, where they meet, and on the border with Russia.
There are restaurants specialising in Kazakh cuisine, which are very popular in Almaty, as the locals like to prepare them at home. Interestingly, the most local experience you will have in Almaty is eating in a Korean restaurant. This is the only place in Kazakhstan where tourists are always busy and everything people eat and drink, homemade or not, is for sale in the local restaurants.
There are two more branches, but the best thing is to have them in the first one, as there is a wealth of international food in Almaty. There is not a large selection of imported ingredients in the grocery stores of AlMaty, and restaurants that happen to be from Chile are not found. It is not a problem to buy almost any kind of European food from a local grocery store in Kazakhstan.
High quality traditional Kazakh dishes, including the old Kazakh main course with mutton and potatoes, as well as a variety of other dishes such as kabob, a traditional dish from Kazakhstan.
Russian dishes made from small pasta bags filled with meat and onions are very popular in Kazakhstan with all nationalities and are often served as a daily meal. Beshbarmak consists of boiled meat (nowadays often lamb) and large noodles that look like lasagne with onions, sauce and broth. Manty from Kazakhstan is dough wrapped around a filling of meat steamed in a special pan (mantavarka). In Kazakhstan, large flat noodles are eaten with mutton, beef or horsemeat and are considered a national dish. Some of the foods I sampled during my visit to Kazakhstan were written by expat expats on expatsblog.com.
The most famous Kazakh delicacies are sturgeon caviar, which is popular with tourists in Aktau, and Koryo - Saram, where most Koryos (sarams) live in Central Asia today. The name of this dish translates as "lots of colourful salads with marinated vegetables."
Camels are not as common as horses in Kazakhstan, but camel meat is a kind of festive meat, not the main course, and carnivorous visitors to Kazakhstan should leave the country before tasting this local delicacy. Once you get the taste, horsemeat is lean and tasty, but not quite as good for you as camel.
When I eat on Kazakh menus, I observe that meat in various forms has always been a major component of Kazakh cuisine. Traditional Kazakh cuisine is based on cooking, and dishes based on horsemeat are widely used on the Kazakh menu. Kat asked me to be more specific about how and why horses became part of Kazakh cuisine and how they stay that way. Adam asked me if I would like to try traditional Kazakh dishes made from horsemeat, camel meat or even horse and goat meat.
Beshbarmak is a delicious local dish, but it may not be the national dish of Kazakhstan, but it is also a deep - rooted - Kazakh custom. A unique custom in Kazakhstan is to welcome guests with special occasions, including meat dishes and dairy products.
Almost every civilization has its own variations of flatbread, and in Kazakhstan and the surrounding area this bread is known as shelpek.
Originally it was not a Kazakh dish, but when Dennis and I walked through Almaty we were told that it comes from Karachay - Circassia, which is right next to Abkhazia. This place is not really in Central Asia, so the kebab became so popular that I classified it as traditional, although I would really like to classify it as "Caucasian" (Armenian, to be precise).