In Praise Of The Tibetan Chef
That long hair thing - it's not a trick to get to you to buy momos. Back in Kham, where Yeshi is from, many men wear their hair in this way - and even prettier. The man in the photo above (a picture sent to Yeshi from home last week) is wearing red silk thread in his hair, a decoration that is commonly seen on the heads of men from the region. It's everyday wear, folks. Here is Yeshi having a go with my sarong on holiday earlier this month:
But Tibetan men do more than just pretty. Yeshi is the hairdresser and tailor in our house, and of course he is also the cook. All Tibetan people can cook. In Yeshi's case, he learned to make family recipes out in nomadic tents far from home at a very young age, and then he had to learn to cook all over again when he moved to India as a young adult and came across new vegetables, spices and cooking techniques.
We have spent the last two weeks creating recipes for many of the dishes that Yeshi loves to cook best. And taste-testing. (It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it). We have plenty more to do, but we have made a good start. We are on a mission to launch Tibetan cuisine out there, to undo the damage done by all the rancid Tibetan tea served up in the far-flung tourist traps of the plateau... Thank you for coming on this journey with us! We have so many plans in the pipeline. Watch this space for lots of exciting news over the next few weeks and months.
Meanwhile, Tibetan food is back in Oxford this week after a month out of the game. Did you miss us? If so, catch us outside Silvie on Thursday and Friday. We will be in the forecourt in our Tibetan tent from 5-9pm for takeaways or for people to chill with a beer in Silvie's beautiful back gardens.
Or let us come to you! We are delivering on Saturday to all sensible areas in and around Oxford. If you would like FREE DELIVERY this week, make sure you are signed up to our mailing list and we will send you this week's voucher code.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again soon. Much love from Team Taste Tibet x