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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Astana is complete without tasting the traditional Astana food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Astana to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Baursaki: are a variety of doughnut-like pastry.
  • Gutap: deep-fried herb fritters.
  • Zhal: smoked lard from horse's neck.
  • Zhaya: salted and smoked meat from horse's hip and hind leg.


  • Kuiryk-bauyr: sour milk, salted broth and thinly sliced meat.
  • Rice Sorpa: beef or lamb meet, onion, rice, dried dill, salt, bay leaves.
  • Sut Kozhe: millet, milk, water, butter, salt.


  • Shalgam: radishes, pepper, carrots, onions, garlic, salt, oil, vinegar, sugar, Cayenne, salt.

Main courses

  • Basturma: a cut of meat that is dried and cured with a mix of spices.
  • Beshbarmak: lamb (sometimes horse meat), salt, water, onions, chives, carrots, parsley, black pepper, oil.
  • Kazakh Lemon Chicken: chicken meat, ginger, paprika, garlic cloves, onions, green olives, lemon, chicken stock, saffron, nutmeg, black pepper, salt.
  • Lagman: vegetable-noodle stew.
  • Sabzi piez: carrots, onions, tomatoes, red pepper flakes, scallions, cilantro, cider vinegar, butter, salt.
  • Stewed mutton: mutton, melted fat, carrot, onions, tomatoes, greens, salt.


  • Samsa: pastries stuffed with a mixture of walnuts, sugar and butter.
  • Shelpek: flour, milk, butter, sour cream, yeasts, water, sugar, oil.
  • Zhanyshpa: millet, butter, sour cream and sugar.

Fast food

  • Kattama: flour, water, dry yeast, salt, butter, onions, vegetable oil.
  • Tostik (Brisket): sheep's brisket, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, sourcraut, salt and pepper.

Street food

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Drinks (Alcoholic)

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