Osh Bazaar in Bishkek

Ош Базары/Ошский Базар/Osh Bazaar No street address; 3 km west of city center on пр. Чуй Most stalls open from sun up to sun down No entrance fee Today I decided that I needed to experience something that I have long wanted to. Today I decided to go to my first real bazaar in Central […]

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Restaurant 134 and “Succulent Dog” in Bishkek

Restaurant 134 Address: Southeast corner of Axunbaeva and Yunusalieva (formerly Karl Marx St.) Hours: 9:00am-11:00pm Prices: Dog stirfy = 150 som ($3.13), dog soup = 120 som ($2.50) It is well known that there is a significant Korean population in Kyrgyzstan today because Stalin deported Koreans living in the Russian Far East during World War […]

Restaurant Hawaii in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan

One of the most bizarre restaurants I have ever been to in Kyrgyzstan is called “Restaurant Hawaii,” a dining destination outside of Bishkek in a small town called Tokmok. For most people, this restaurant is one of three reasons to visit Tokmok, an otherwise sleepy, dilapidated, still-Soviet-looking town. The other two reasons to visit are […]

What Bishkek Eats for Ramadan

Well, Bishkek, it’s the beginning of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting from sunrise to sunset. This year, the holy month starts July 9th, coinciding with watermelon season in Kyrgyzstan. Ramadan also coincides with the dog days of summer, when the days are at their longest, temperatures are at their highest, and beach season at […]

Samsa in Bishkek

Chaikhana Adish-Ata Address: Nekrasova Street (West Bishkek) Hours: 8:00am-11:00pm Prices: 60 som ($1.25) per samsa I have always admired the “one cook, one dish” tradition. To paraphrase food critic Anthony Bourdain, this is the tradition where one lone artisan, or family of artisans, makes the same wonderful dish year after year, generation after generation, and […]

“Special Beshbarmak” in Bishkek

Ozgocho Beshbarmak Café Address: Hекрасова 9А (south side of Osh Bazaar) Hours: 7:30am-11:00pm Prices: 165-195 som for beshbarmak This past weekend, I checked out a restaurant that offers 12 variations of one of Kyrgyzstan’s most beloved dishes. What might that be, you ask? Here’s a hint: It’s noodly, meaty, and eaten with the hands. If […]

Seven of Bishkek’s Best Dungan Eateries

One of the best parts of living in Bishkek is its cuisine. With over 80 ethnicities represented in Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek offers a smorgasbord when it comes to answering the question, “What’s for dinner?” This week I bring to you the wonderful world of Dungan cuisine. But first, who are the Dungans? The Dungans, also known […]

Classic Central Asian Teahouse in Bishkek

Jalal-Abad Chaikhana Address: Togolok Moldo 54/a Meals for ~$3-6 Hours: 8am- 11pm Telephone: +996 312 61 00 83 If I had out-of-town visitors this summer, I would take them to Jalal-Abad Chaikhana, a teahouse in Bishkek named after the central-western Kyrgyzstan province of the same name. Jalal-Abad Province is located about a 10-hour drive from […]

Turkish Kebab in Bishkek

Adanali Café Address: First floor of Moto Shopping Complex. Corner of Toktogul and Sovietskaya Streets Hours: Open Everyday, 9am-9pm Cost of Signature Dish “Adana Kebab” = 165 Kyrgyz Som ($3.50) You know you’ve found your favorite eatery when you’ve eaten there three times in one week — by yourself. Yep, that was me last week […]

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