In Tibet, meat is a topic of considerable interest and debate. Geoffrey Barstow recently wrote a whole book about it, unpicking how the practice of killing animals and eating meat can be tolerated in a society that aligns so closely with Buddhism and Buddhist morality. Tibetan people have traditionally lived closely alongside their animal friends, and perceive the suffering of animals as similar to that of humans. This is a view of the animal kingdom that is completely distin
This Wednesday, November 1st, is World Vegan Day. Come and see us in Oxford's Gloucester Green market for an amazing vegan spread! But what of veganism and vegetarianism in Tibet? Is it a thing? Do Tibetan people eat meat? These are questions that we are asked often, as people consider how religious beliefs may affect the diet of ordinary people in Tibet. Chef Yeshi and Chef Namdi are a good double act when these questions pop up. Yeshi is a meat lover (with a strong desire t
For centuries, Tibet was a largely unexplored land. The Silk Road did not traverse the great peaks of this mountainous region, and traders and explorers were kept at bay. Tibetan people did not welcome the outsiders who dared to scale the world's highest peaks for a glimpse of their central plain, and this was a no-go area for map makers. But Tibetan people themselves were never shy to venture out, and indeed made frequent journeys beyond their own mountain passes. Tibetan tr
Many of us have committed to a new, healthy start for the new year, excluding alcohol, meat and other foodstuffs from our diets in a bit to raise sapping energy levels after a season of overindulgence. Natural foods are best for a detox, and the best recipe for a balanced diet. In Tibet, our vegetables are grown by the same hand that later chops them up for the family meal. Preparing and cooking food from scratch is the most effective way to keep healthy, but if you don't hav
Taste Tibet is proud to serve a wide range of vegan dishes at our weekly stall in Oxford's Gloucester Green market. All our vegetarian food is naturally vegan, bringing weekly joy to our many vegan customers, including Keble student @nico.lettuce, who captured the moment she opened up this tasty box of vegan momo dumplings and vegan curry, delivered to her by a fellow student during a recent essay crisis. In fact, both meat and dairy play a big role in Tibetan culinary life.