1. Ema Datshi
This is one of the most popular traditional food of Bhutan. It’s made of green, yellow or red chilies, yak or cow’s milk cheese, onions and tomatoes. But be careful when you try this dish. The chilies of Bhutan are high up on the Scoville Heat Scale and are meant to make you warm enough to sweat.
2. Red Rice
Red rice is to Bhutanese food as bread is to the American table, but the rice is probably healthier. It is often served with other foods such as Ema Datshi, Phaksha Paa. The red color of the uncooked rice comes from the cancer-fighting antioxidant, the flavonoid anthocyanin. After it is cooked, its color fades to a paler red or pink.
This food is quite similar to Chinese dumpling. They may be stuffed with almost anything, but the typical fillings are minced pork or beef, cabbage, or fresh cheese mixed with spices such as garlic, ginger and coriander.
4. Phaksha Paa
Phaksha Paa is known as fork with red chilies. This Bhutan food is made up of sliced pork, whole red chillies, and some mountain vegetables. It is a delicious Bhutanese pork recipe that you should try if you are a pork lover. Just like most of the other traditional Bhutanese cuisine, this dish tastes best with rice and some other datshi dishes.
5. Goen Hogay
Goen Hogay is a popular salad in Bhutan. This Bhutanese dish is basically cucumber salad which is healthy and tasty. The cucumbers are sliced and mixed with tomatoes, chilli flakes, cilantro, Sichuan pepper, onions and a scoop of datshi cheese for added flavour. It is suitable to eat with other popular Bhutan dishes.
6. Sikam Paa
It is the god level of bacon that you must try. Bhutanese hang pork bellies out in the sun to dry. Later, those dried pork bellies are then fried up with dried chillies that give it a mouthwatering taste. Tasting this food will be a great experience.
Jasha Maroo or Maru
Although this mix of chilies, onion, tomato, garlic, coriander leaves and ginger is usually made with finely diced chicken, you will occasionally find it made with beef. Like most Bhutanese food, it is served with red rice.