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Tibetan Pan-Fried bread with flaxseeds

Test Kitchen–Tibetan Style

Testing takes discipline. Whether you test a new machine’s proper installation, or conduct a design study to see if your end users are satisfied with the Web application that you promised would bring convenience or new experience, it should be usable and useful. Similarly, the principle applies to testing a recipe. It has to work […]

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ཐུག་པ Home-made Hand-made Noodles

  Like many cultures around the globe, Tibetans cherish our own special noodles. Noodle dishes are, in fact, a staple in Tibetan cooking across the rangelands and lower meadows. We call them thukpa ཐུག་པ (aka thug ba or thugba)  and generally refer to wheat flour noodles. Only those never recorded cookbooks knew when a Tibetan grandmother, who […]

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Tibetan Dumplings Brighten Others

The September sun up in the sky might be fading its strength. But, like the golden splash in my garden, it is a good time for cooking for your loved ones or brightening someone else’s life. I recently talked to Lindsay Christians, a reporter at The Capital Times, about cooking Tibetan food to benefit Literacy […]

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Tibetan dumpling dinner with my family in Xining on the Tibetan plateau–Dumplings with yak meat and scallions and veggie sides.

Cooking Tibetan for Literacy

To those of you who are in the Madison area, I’m cooking Tibetan food at the Willy Street Co-op, benefiting Literacy Network of Dane County. This non-profit organization teaches English skills to adults and families so they can achieve financial independence and good health. This group also provides direction for literacy agencies in other states. […]

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Tsamba: First Food of the Tibetans, Part 2

  Learning the dance In Tibetan culture, the way we make, serve and consume Tsampa is good manners. This is how everyone in the communities of my youth does this amazing spectacle. To enjoy this Tibetan soul food, it is customary for the woman of the house to layer the initial ingredient for Tsampa in individual […]

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Tibetan Losar Preparation: Amdo Bread

UPDATED with more details about Losar, July 2, 2016. It’s exciting to be back home in Rebgong (Reb gong, Tongren)—the home still nearest and dearest to my heart, even after making a new home in the West. Returning to my roots for Losar, the Lunar New Year, is special. Traditionally, Losar falls on the first […]

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Dumplings ready to pile up trays–cooked in just 12 minutes on a stacked steamer.

One Last Savory Bite

As an expatriate, the journey afar from North America back to my motherland, the Tibetan plateau, has always been very special. Just the thought of a trip home uplifts memories of my upbringing in the majestic land where I feel most connected. Spending two months with my loved ones, visiting historic spots, as well as […]

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