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Red-Hot Chilies, Hold the Yak (Washington Post)

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

(Editor’s note: sign me up for any “explore the world thru food” class! One of the geography profs at Humboldt State specialized in this type of sensory geography before he retired. I hear his classes were popular, no wonder why! I seem to be the only traveler who actually enjoyed Tibetan yak butter tea. I image Bhutan’s is similar.)

By Emily Wax. Published by The Washington Post on Saturday, 21 June 2008.

An Eye-Watering Taste Of Bhutan’s Unique Cuisine

At the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, attendees will have the chance to taste dishes from Bhutan, food renowned … for its utter strangeness.

VIDEO: A Taste of Bhutanese Cuisine

bhutan chileAh . . . steaming plates of chilies swimming in yak cheese. Tea churned with butter and salt. Gooey boiled ferns.

These are some highlights of the traditional diet of Bhutan — a tiny Himalayan nation nestled between the two culinary and geographic giants of China and India. It’s a gastronomy that is little known but often disparaged: Gourmet magazine editor Ruth Reichl has been quoted as calling Bhutan’s “the world’s worst cuisine.”

And you can try it for yourself next week, when Bhutan will be the featured nation at the 42nd annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, beginning Wednesday on the Mall. Dorjee Tshering, director of Bhutan’s department of culture, can hardly wait for you to have the experience.

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