When you are in Nyingchi, it will be another chance that you can have yummy dishes and tasty food. Apart from food that can also be found in any other areas of Tibet, such as dried beef, barley wine, zanba, buttered tea, some specialties of ethnic groups are also available. Take Lopa minority for example. Their wine is divided into two kinds, millet wine and distilled spirit; their meal is made from maize pulp, rice, vegetables, peppers, barbeques and so forth. As is the custom, the meal is allotted by hostess on a per head basis. Generally speaking, people eat in a bamboo container with their hands. Moreover, the most distinctive food is roasted rats, which is used to treat the distinguished guests.
‣ What to Eat in Nyingchi
When you travel to Nyingchi, it will be another chance for you to have a great meal, except the general Tibetan food, here are some famous cuisine that you must have a try when you are in Nyingchi.
1. Chicken in the stone pot (石锅鸡)------top one worth trying
Even those who have never been to Nyingchi have heard the name of this dish, in that it is really yummy! The chicken stewed by stone pot is one of the most noted Nyingchi food. It enjoys high reputation among tourists who have been here. It is a quite nutritive dish, which is very suitable for tourists come to the plateau environment the first time. It includes some precious materials, such as ginseng, Dangshen, conic gymnadenia tuber, which only produced in Nyingchi, radix-polygoni multiflori, angelica, Tibetan caladium, yam slices, and some other 15 kinds of spices.
The soup of the chicken stewed by stone pot is the fresh snow-melt water. The stone pot is excellent ware for cooking, stewing meat and boiling vegetables. The foods stewed by the stone pot are much more delicious and nutritive. The chicken stewed by stone pot is beneficial for people caught a hypertension, heart disease, cardiovascular disease and some other diseases.
2. Zangxiang pig (藏香猪)
Zangxiang pig, as the specialty of Nyingchi, tastes good, fat but not greasy. You can try it on the Bayi Town where many restaurants offer it.
3. Zangxiang chicken (藏香鸡)
Zangxiang chicken is the free-range chicken in Tibet, a unique species in plateau. Due to its growing environment, special feeding, the flesh of the chicken is fresh and rich in protein and vitamin and low in fat.
4. Conic gymnadenia tuber(手掌参)
Conic gymnadenia tuber, abundant in vitamin, minerals, saccharides, is the indispensable health care product, helping you get rid of diabetes, chronic hepatitis, tonify your blood, and cure neurasthenia. It can be soaked in the wine or made in the soup.
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.
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.
What to Drink in Nyingchi
This kind of yogurt is different from the yogurt sold in the convenient stores. One who fails to taste the yogurt is not a guy who has been to Tibetan.
2. Sweet tea(甜茶)
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. Of course, sweet tea is very common in Nyingchi Region. It is a good opportunity to have a try and you will fall in love with it.
3. Highland barley wine（青稞酒）
It is a kind of beer made from highland barley. It is served either at room temperature or very hot.
Most tourists who come from western countries are fond of having a cup of coffee to refresh themselves. Luckily, here are cafes as well, so tourists can enjoy their free time in the cafes.
5.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.
Where to Eat and Drink in Nyingchi
1. Tibetan Nyingchi Restaurant
This restaurant offers palatable and tasty food, you can have meals here and have a rest here as well. It is located in the downtown of Nyingchi. If you want to have a taste of traditional Tibetan food, this restaurant will be the best choice.
Add: Baiba Town, Bayi District, Nyingchi(next to the Public Security Bureau)( 林芝市巴宜区百巴镇(近公安局))
2. Nyingchi Stone Pot City
You can have the most popular dish--Chicken in the stone pot, except that, you can enjoy other delicious food as well. If you hope to eat the stone pot chicken, this restaurant will meet your requirement.
Add: No. 355 Guangdong Road, Bayi Town, Bayi District, Nyingchi(林芝市巴宜区八一镇广东路355号)
3. Stone Pot Potato Rice
If you want to have a taste of the traditional Tibetan food, which is popular among normal people. The stone pot potato rice is very delicious. And the most important thing is to stow your belly when you are very hungry.
Add: Nearby Guangfu Avenue, Bayi District, Nyingchi(林芝市巴宜区广福大道附近)