Bhutanese Food You Must Eat If You Consider Yourself Big Foodie


Most Bhutanese dishes are rich and spicy with a lot of cheese and chilli. Chilli is considered a vegetable in Bhutan. Mostly in western and eastern part of Bhutan every household make sun-dried chilli.

Ema datsi

You will eat ema datsi not only every day but likely for just about every meal. The chilies, which can be either fresh green chillies or dry red chillies, are sliced lengthwise and cooked with datsi, which is local Bhutanese cheese, and plenty of butter for good measure.

Momo/ Dumplings

Besides chilly curry local known as ’ema datsi‘ in every corner of town or any place in Bhutan, you will find out dumpling eatery. You can try out momos, local dumplings. Momo comes in all sort of filling. If you dare to eat hot chilli, you should definitely try ema datsi momo.


Besides momo and chilli, Bhutan offers rich and diverse culinary experience. There are different cuisine from different local places. For instance ‘hoentay’ are known especially for originating from Haa Valley in Bhutan, hoentay are similar to momos, but they are made with a buckwheat dough wrapper.


Khuley especially is Bhutanese version of pancake common as a Bhutanese breakfast food and for on the go eating in Bhutan, Khuley is made from buckwheat, wheat, or barley flour.


We have Bhutanese version of Spaghetti known as ‘puta’ the noodles made from highly nutritious buckwheat that can be grown in high altitudes and are common in the Bumthang region. For puta, the noodles are prepared and boiled, and sometimes before being served the noodles are stir-fried in mustard oil along with a light seasoning of salt and Sichuan pepper.


Many Bhutanese binge on favourite flour soup. The handmade flat noodles quite a delight on a cold, wintry evening. Bathup is Tibetan version of thugpa. If you are not a grain or rice person, savour on Bathup at any time of the day.

Butter tea

The moment you enter someone’s house as a guest, you will be served with ‘suja‘ butter tea. Butter tea is made is from churning tea, salt and yak butter. sometimes Yakbutter can be substituted with cow butter.

shel roti

In the southern region of Bhutan, Lhotsampas mark their auspicious day by serving ‘shell roti’.  A traditional homemade, sweet, ring-shaped rice bread/doughnut from rice four originating from the Indian subcontinent is another local favourite.