Foods in Bhutan

Some of the popular Bhutanese dish includes:

Ema Datshi

Ema Datshi serves as the National Dish of Bhutan and is a spicy mix of chilies and the delicious local cheese known as Datshi. The dish is a staple of nearly every meal and can be found throughout the country. Variations on Ema Datshi include adding green beans, ferns, potatoes, mushrooms of swapping the regular cheese for yak cheese.


These Tibetan-style dumplings are stuffed with pork, beef or cabbaged and cheese. Traditionally eaten during special occasions, these tasty treats are a Bhutanese favorite.

Phaksha Paa

Pork cooked with spicy red chilies, Radishes or Spinach. A popular variation uses sun-dried (known as Sicaam). Hoentoe: Aromatic buckwheat dumplings stuffed with turnip greens, datshi(cheese), spinach and other ingredients.

Jasha Maru

It is a spicy minced chicken cooked with tomatoes and other ingredients that is usually served with rice.

Red Rice

This rice is similar to brown rice and is extremely nutritious and filling. When cooked it is pale pink, soft and slightly sticky.

Goep (Tripe)

Though the popularity of tripe has diminished in many countries it is still enjoyed in Bhutan. Like most other meat dishes, it us cooked with plenty of spicy chilies and chili powder.