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      Food in Sikkim: Taste the Sikkimese culture

      Sikkimese cuisine is a well-balanced fusion of Nepalese, Tibetan, and other cuisines. One of the major foods consumed in Sikkim is maize. Sikkim’s food is predominantly non-vegetarian, but it does contain vegetables that have been fermented, which helps to preserve them for longer.

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      The momos are the lifeblood of Sikkim. They are thought to be of Tibetan origin and have been changed by Nepalese cuisine. Steamed buns with a filling are known as momos. The cover and the filler make up the majority of the time. White flour and water are used to make the dough for the cover. To improve the texture of the momos, yeast or baking soda are occasionally also added to the dough.

      Originally, the momos were filled with ground beef, but through time, several improvements have been made that have elevated the quality of the dumplings. Everything, including cheese and tofu (Paneer), can be used in the stuffing. Visit The Roll House and The Taste of Tibet in Gangtok for the best momos in Sikkim.


      A type of noodle soup with Tibetan roots called thukpa has become one of Sikkim’s most popular dishes. One can find both vegetarian and chicken variants of the dish. Although practically any locally grown vegetable can be found in this soup, carrots, bell peppers, spinach, cauliflower, and celery are the most frequently used ones. Thukpa may be found in practically every café and restaurant, however it is recommended that you try it from a local vendor because they will give it to you in the best, most authentic way possible.


      A strip of pork fat called Phagshapa is cooked with radish and dry chillies. This Sikkimese meal, which is acidic and spicy and uses no oil in its preparation, is loaded with proteins. In all of Sikkim, the Golden Dragon hotel in Gangtok offers the most flavorful and authentic Phagshapa.

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