Oct 5th, 2023
Sikkim, an exquisite state in northeastern India, is noted for its magnificent geographical beauty and distinct culture. The state is particularly well-known for its wonderful cuisine, incorporating flavors from neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. Here is a list of the ten most renowned Sikkim culinary delicacies you must eat on your next North Sikkim tour package with OurGuest.
1. Momo- Momo is a popular dish in Sikkim and other Himalayan regions. Made of refined flour, this steamed dumpling is filled with minced meat or vegetables. Sikkim offers a variety of momos, including chicken, pork, beef, and vegetable momos. On your next North Sikkim tour package, make sure to include momos in your meal!
Local veg option churi momo ( local cottage cheese) or healthier option of iskus ( chayote) momos. Traditionally momo is made from all purpose flour but there are other healthier options of using whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour etc.
2. Thukpa- Thukpa is a classic noodle soup from Tibet that is now popular across the Himalayan area. The soup (vegetarian or based on a choice of meat) topped with veggies, meat, and noodles is ideal for cold winter days.
3. Gundruk- In Sikkim, gundruk is a famous fermented food in dried form produced from mustard greens. The recipe is usually in the form of a clear soup or in a dry chili chutney. This is typically served as a side dish alongside rice or other main entrees to make a meal
4. Alu Chewra- It is a savory street food of potato gravy with fried flat rice (poha/chewra) served with a topping of onions, chili, boiled yellow peas etc.
5. Churpi- Churpi is a popular cheese prepared from yak or cow milk that is typically eaten as a snack. This hard and chewy cheese is high in protein and is ideal for hikers and trekkers. It is found in 2 forms i.e. hard (as shown in pic) and soft (fresh)
6. Stinging nettle- It’s a soup made of stinging nettle usually eaten as a gravy with rice.
7. Kinema- Kinema is a popular fermented soybean dish in Sikkim and other regions of the Himalayas. It is made in the form of a spicy curry or a dry pickle. This meal is typically served with rice and veggies as a side dish.
8. Chang- Chang is an alcoholic beverage produced from fermented millet or barley. This drink is typically offered at festivals and other events and is prepared at home.
9. Sha Phaley- Sha Phaley is another traditional Sikkim cuisine. It literally translates to (sha-meat phaley-patty, also veg options are available as veg phalay, or chicken phalay) The deep-fried flavors of 'Sha Phaley' are combined with a bread base and a lot of minced meat. It is a Tibetan dish that is also famous in Sikkim. The bread or patties are stuffed with this mixture of ground beef, boneless chicken, veggies, and seasonings.
After that, a semicircle is curled around it before it is deep-fried to perfection. Finally, you have a crispy burger with a soft, delectable filling. Tofu and cheese have recently been added to the vegetarian or vegan dishes recipe.
10. Sel Roti- Sel Roti is a famous sweet dish (sweet and savory as a fried bread that is consumed with spicy potato or pea pickle salads) made of a (mix of rice flour and spices such as cardamom, cloves etc typically offered during festivals and other events. This meal has a distinct flavor and is ideal for individuals who enjoy sweets. It tastes mildly sweet.
11. Thakali thali- Thakali Thali is a Nepalese traditional thali served all over in Sikkim.
12. Khuri ( buckwheat pancake)- These are pancakes made of buckwheat flour cooked in butter with stuffing of cottage cheese and spinach served with cottage cheese chutney.
13. Pork trotters and Ting Mo- These are spicy curry made of pork trotters served with ting mo ( steamed buns with no stuffing)
14. Khora- Khora is a Beef stomach slow cooked to make a spicy curry.
15. Edible fiddlehead Fern-
Sikkim's cuisine is a unique fusion of flavors from neighboring areas and a must-try for foodies. If you are planning a North Sikkim tour package with OurGuest, be sure to include these iconic Sikkim culinary dishes on your itinerary. You will not be let down!