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the national dish of Kyrgyzstan - Besh Barmak

Recipe: The national dish of Kyrgyzstan - Besh barmak

Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4



  • 1,5 kg lamb or mutton
  • 4 l water
  • 2 onions


  • 200 ml water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 500 g flour

Chyk sauce

  • 1 onion
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt
  • 500 ml broth

Broth soup

  • 1 tbsp fresh dill weed
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 3,5 l broth



  • Wash the meat in running water. Put it in a saucepan with cold water and bring to a boil. When the water starts boiling, remove the foam on the surface and boil for about 1.5 hours.
  • When the meat is cooked let it cool before cutting it into small slices or strips 0.5-6 cm. Put the cut meat in a separate dish and keep it covered in a warm place.


  • While the meat is boiling, prepare the dough. Pour the water into a bowl, add egg and salt while stirring. Add the flour and knead the dough. The ready dough should be divided into two equal parts and placed for 10-15 minutes under a dish. This procedure makes it soft and pliable for rolling. Make those 2 parts into a bun which is then flattened by pressing down on it. Keep covered with a linen cloth and left for 15 minutes.
  • Roll each bun to a thickness of about 2-3 mm. Fold the dough into a roll and cut across into the form of noodles about 3-4 mm wide.
  • Lower the noodles into the boiling mutton broth (after having taken off the meat). When the noodles float to the surface, stir the pot and simmer for another minute. Remove the noodles from the pot, let them drain and place them onto a dish.
  • Cut two of the onions into rings and put in the boiling lamb broth for 1 minute. Remove from the broth and put an even layer of onions on the noodles.
  • Place the strips of meat in the form of a small hill in the middle of the rings of onions.


  • Then prepare the Chyk sauce. Finely chop the third onion. Pour 0.5 l of broth in an pot and bring to boil. Add the chopped onions, black pepper and salt to taste. The Chyk should be hot when served with the meat and the noodles, so it is necessary to cover it and store it in a warm place in order to avoid it cooling.
  • In the remaining broth, add the bay leaf and salt, boil 5 minutes. Fill the four serving bowls, and sprinkle with dill.
  • When serving, pour the Chyk sauce over the large platter with the meat and the noodles. The dish with noodles and meat is placed on the middle of the table and each person is served a bowl of broth.