TRADITIONAL FOOD IN UZBEKISTAN – Unforgettable Family Meal in Khiva!

TRADITIONAL FOOD IN UZBEKISTAN - Unforgettable Family Meal in Khiva!
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Huge thank you to Bekruz and the Ministry of Tourism Uzbekistan for hosting me and my family on this amazing food trip through Uzbekistan. This is the final day and video of this tour. You can watch the entire playlist of videos here:

Uzbekistan Day 6: Food and Attractions Tour of Khiva + Unforgettable Family Meal!

Khiva is another ancient city of Uzbekistan, known for its mud walled city. It’s another great city to explore for a combination of the history and food. And the food was different in Khiva than in any other city I had been to so far in Uzbekistan.

Islam Khoja Minaret – We started the day in Khiva old town, visiting some of the famous sights, and climbing to the top of a minaret. My legs are still sore!

Hotel Malika Kheivak – At a small and peaceful restaurant, we lounged on the traditional Uzbek tables and ate gumma, something similar to fried dumpling pockets.

Djuma Mosque – Known for its hypostyle hall, this is a landmark mosque and museum to visit when you’re in Khiva.

Tea House Mirza Boshi – For mid-morning snack, we headed over to a teahouse in the center of the old city to try a dish called shivit oshi, an Uzbekistan Khiva speciality of green dill noodles topped with meat stew. It was delicious.
Shivit oshi – 20,000 UZS ($2.42) per plate

Fish Restaurant – For next lunch we headed out of the city a little ways to a river and pond to eat fish. The fish was fresh and we had both a fried fish and a grilled fish, both of which were delicious.
Total price – 135,000 UZS ($16.33)

Family home cooked meal – We woke up the next day and were invited over to a local family home to cook and eat. They took hospitality to the next level, welcoming us into their home, preparing special tuhum barak (egg stuffed dumplings), and a surprise plov at the end of our meal. It was one of the most memorable and special meals of my entire trip to Uzbekistan. Thank you to this amazing family.

And that wraps up this entire Uzbekistan Food and Travel series. It was an incredible trip, full of delicious and massive portions of food, hospitable people, and immense history. Again, thank you to Bekruz and the Ministry of Tourism Uzbekistan for making this trip happen.

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  1. Man looks like everyone around the planet are very nice, and kind people except European countries and USA people, they share something in common, hate and racism!!

  2. Middle east, they all share their cuisine. They all put carrots and raisin. starting from Afghanistan all the way to some Arab countries

  3. Hi Mark
    Pulao is a traditional dish through out the central and south east Asia and the Middle East. You can say it's the prime muslim food made with rice and any meat or beef. Another variation is Biryani that has similar ingredients but different cooking method.
    I saw your videos of the tour of Pakistan from Karachi to Khunjrab pass. But I don't remember seeing you eating Pakistani Pulao.

  4. It was awesome to see all series of your documentary about Uzbekistan, Mark! But next time also visit Ferghana Valley region located in East of the country. Those places and people living there are also beautiful. Thank you for your videos!

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