Ngari is located in the western Tibet, and the food in Ngari is quite limited in varieties under the influence of a harsh climate. Especially vegetables and fruits are mostly imported from other places. Therefore the food in Ngari is much more expensive than expected. Anyhow, it is lucky that restaurants still can be found in most towns and counties of this remote area. The restaurants supply traditional Tibetan food, Sichuan food and other dishes. Usually, the food will be served as fried rice, noodles and simple dishes.
‣ What to Eat
Without a lower altitude and a nice climate, restaurants here are very limited. Though the dishes are not very great, food can meet the basic needs. Ngari is sparsely populated area, the living condition is relatively hard. Take enough food before go to there. And the special food is the same as the other area in Tibet area.
Gyurma is a type of blood sausage made with yak or sheep’s blood and other spice. It is very difficult to find this kind of food in other places of China.
Thukpa is a kind of noodle soup, usually served with mutton or yak meat with some vegetables.
Tingmo is a type of steamed bun or bread. It is usually served along with other foods but sometimes it is stuffed with meat or cheese. This is a good choice to stow your belly when you are very hungry.
A soup made with cheeses, tsampa, and either yak or sheep stock is very delicious.
Tsampa is known as the national food of Tibet. Tibetan people may have this everyday. It is usually made of ground barley flour and often mixed with butter or yak butter tea.
‣ What to Drink
Since this area is sparsely populated, you can buy some drink in Lhasa or Shigatse.
We tend to say the Barkhor Street is the heartland of Lhasa, if so, we could say that sweet tea is the blood vessel maintaining the life of Tibet. It is hard to imagine how many locals run a sweet tea store along the Barkhor Street, so, you can not miss the chance to have a cup of sweet tea.
●Yak Butter Tea（酥油茶）
Locally known as Po Cha, yak butter tea is made from yak butter, tea leaves, and salt. It is served hot.
A type of beer is made from barley. It is served either at room temperature or very hot.
Where to Eat and Drink
Though tourists can not have great restaurants to have meals and drinks, the sceneries around are very beautiful. I believe you will be enchanted with the yearning sites.
1. Name: Big Beard Feiniu Hot Pot(大胡子肥牛火锅)
Add:No. 73 Wenhua Road, Ngari, Tibet(西藏阿里文化路73号)
2. Name: Time-honored Brand Hand grabbing Noodles Restaurant(老字号手抓面食王)
Tel: 13658971471, (0897)2827023
Add: No. 9 Disan Road, Ngari, Tibet(西藏阿里狄三路9号)
3. Name: Haozailai Restaurant (North Binhe Road)(好再来饭店(滨河北路))
Add: No. 12 Hebei Road, Ngari, Tibet(河北路12号)
4. Name: Gar Huayang Restaurant(噶尔华洋饭店)
Add: No. 17 East Shiquanhe Road, Gar County, Ngari(Next to Nyingchi Teahouse)(阿里地区噶尔县狮泉河东路17号(林芝茶馆旁))