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


  • Assip: palatable sausages made from by-products and rice.
  • Bliny: thin pancakes filled with potato puree, cheese or jam.
  • Boorsok: deep fried sweet dough pieces.
  • Kattama: layered pastry dough.
  • Kazy (қазы): horse ribs meat, intestines, pepper, garlic.
  • Kuiruk-boor: slices of spiced lamb tail fat and liver.
  • Qurut: cheese made from drained sour milk or yoghurt.
  • Kyrgyz Pancakes: flour, salt, egg, milk.
  • Lepyoshka: is a kind of flatbread pastry in Afghan and Uzbek cuisine.
  • Naan: a leavened, oven-baked flatbread.
  • Oromo: rolled out pastry filled with shredded meat and vegetables.
  • Pelmeni: meat dumplings served in a broth.
  • Piroshki: baked or fried buns made with the variety of fillings.
  • Sanza: flour, butter, eggs, baking powder.



Main courses

  • Ashlam-foo: cold noodles topped with vegetables in spicy broth.
  • Beshbarmak: lamb (sometimes horse meat), salt, water, onions, chives, carrots, parsley, black pepper, oil.
  • Chuchpara: meat dumplings served in a broth.
  • Jarkop: stewed meat cooked with vegetables and noodles.
  • Kuurdak: fried lamb pieces mixed with onions and spices traditionally served with greens on a big plate.
  • Kyrgyz Plov: made of meat and carrots.
  • Lagman: thick noodles made with vegetables and served with spicy sauce.
  • Manti (dumpling): large steamed dumplings filled with shredded meat and onions.
  • Pilau: rice cooked with fried meat and vegetables.
  • Shashlik: skewing meat.


Fast food

Street food

  • Samosa: pockets of meat and vegetables wrapped in pastry.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Atkanchay: Kyrgyz tea combined with milk.
  • Ayran: milk drink similar to drinking yoghurt.
  • Bal: a national Kyrgyz beverage made from Honey and spices.
  • Black Tea: is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than the less oxidized teas.
  • Camel milk: is considered to be a health tonic and a medicine.
  • Chalap: made of yogurt, salt, and water.
  • Green tea: is made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing.
  • Kumis (қымыз): diary product made of mare's milk.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Arpa: a pale lager beer by Arpa, a brewery in Bishkek.
  • Boza: traditional alcoholic beverage made from millet.
  • Kyrgyz Konyagy: it is a unique drink with harmonious taste and inimitable aroma of Issyk-Kul spruces, fruit and berries.
  • Nashe Pivo: limpid, classic lager beer.
  • Vodka: is a distilled beverage, composed primarily of water and ethanol with traces of impurities and flavorings.

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