Soups & Mains

Soups in most Eurasian cultures are important dietary staples and often begin a meal or can be the main course. Many, particularly in older generations, consider a meal without a soup to be incomplete. Other common mains include dumplings or pies, which can take many forms depending on the individual culture. Again, these can often serve various purposes, either acting as the main course, a side course, or even as dessert. The below resources concentrate on these items, but also other types of traditional main courses, presenting them in bilingual recipes and with histories and descriptions of the food’s current place in the modern culture that consumes them.

Beshbarmak: The Five Finger Food of Central Asia

Бешбармак (beshbarmak) is a dish enjoyed throughout Central Asia as well as regions of Russia and China. It consists of boiled meat served on a bed of thick, flat noodles and covered in an onion sauce called туздык (tuzdyk). A meal both hearty and delicious, бешбармак is particularly popular in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan where it […]

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