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AKIPRESS.COM - Tourists should visit Uzbekistan to taste real pilaf, the Russian edition of the U.S. magazine Forbes said.
The publication said that along with ancient monuments people should visit Uzbekistan for its cuisine and the most popular meal – pilaf. The country has over 100 variants of pilaf, which each Uzbek can differ with closed eyes – Samarkand, Fergana, Tashkent, Kashkadarya, Bukhara and Khorezm pilafs.
Locals name the pilaf as “osh”, which means food. The pilaf is cooked in large volumes: almost in all cities of Uzbekistan you can see big cauldrons – kazans – where they cook pilaf. It is very interesting to watch the process of cooking, and the taste will impress you for sure. The tourists should visit Pilaf Center near Tashkent TV Tower, where locals gather to have a lunch, thus it is difficult to find pilaf for dinner.
Those who want to taste shashliks (barbeques) and samsas (samosa, fried triangular pastry shell with meat, onion) should visit other districts of Tashkent – Chimbay for shashliks and Chigatay for breads and samsas.
The next city to visit is Samarkand. There are many monuments and Siab bazaar, where various fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices and local sweets are sold. The magazine noted that there are strict customs rules in Uzbekistan and the tourists will not be able to take some products with them.
After Samarkand, it is recommended to visit Bukhara, where Ark Fortress, Chor Minor madrasah, Sitorai Mohi-hosa are located. There, the magazine recommends to taste a lamb in tandir.
Khiva is the last place which you should visit to taste noodles of shivit oshi, shurpa, as well as manti.
The tour to Uzbekistan can be arranged individually or by ordering a tour. In average, eight-day tour would cost around $1,500 per person, including air tickets, medical insurance and fees for museums.