We were busy those days…all of us, and happily so. We surely had plenty of things to say, do and feel…and ofcourse, taste. We did not leave any restaurant unchecked that offered to provide authentic local food, 😛 be it a small street side restaurant serving momos and thukpa or an entire household, serving authentic, organic food along with local experience.
For the last two days, we ventured out of the hotel to nearly bakery. There are a few of the well known German Bakery in Leh. The Pizza was awesome there. The cake, freshly prepared apple pie, along with mint tea has the capacity to make even the most dull evenings come alive.
We also tested some momos and soups at a local restaurant. The steaming dumplings set on the bed of cabbage and small pieces of carrot was a delight along with the piping hot soup in the cold evenings.
But we also had awesome experience with organic Ladakhi dinner. We went to a household in Stok Village. The firm house is still maintained and owned by its original owner, still keeping the Ladakhi customs intact. We received a warm welcome from our hosts, who took us on a personal tour of the household.We saw the firm house and its traditional Ladakhi architecture. Saw loads of artifacts and articles of daily use.
We were greeted by the buttered tea that was prepared in front of us in traditional way of churning the tea in a specially crafted container.
Dinner was simple, yet tasty with a soup, the local flat bread made from corn, a stew called skew , different types of fried and seamed momos. Also, there was chang ,the local wine.
Desert was a few pieces of apricot, from the farm, maintained by the same household. dipped in lightly sugared water.
Talk about tasting our way around! 😀 It felt good seeing that my money was going to the local people. It seemed great to know that we are playing (even though very small ) our part in sustainable tourism, that will not only make the place better for the people who call this place their home, but also, help keeping the age old customs of these beautiful people alive.