One of the perks of traveling is that you get to taste a lot of different flavors from a lot of different places. Each town, city, or country has its own specialty. Nepal has its own set of culinary offerings for tourists. The following are some dishes and beverages that you must try when you go eating and drinking in Nepal.
Daal bhaat tarkaari is considered as the national food. The dish is made up of spicy lentils topped over cooked rice and served with different vegetables cooked with spices. The vegetables are called tarkari and are made up of a combination of daikon radish, tomatoes, cabbage, mustard greens, green beans, potatoes, and squash. This meal is almost always available in restaurants or teahouses. They serve this for breakfast and dinner. In some places where rice is hard to get by, cornmeal mush, wholewheat tortillas called chapatis, or barley are used as alternative. Daal bhaat tarkaari is often served with a locally made yogurt called dahi along with very spicy achar or pickle. The Nepalese traditionally eat this using their right hand.
Beef is difficult to find in Nepal because the country is primarily Hindu. You may spot a few expensive restaurants offering beef dishes but the dish is often costly, mainly because they use beef imported from India. Some Nepalese communities are completely vegetarian. Other communities eat pork. Still, in most places, meat like chicken and goat are not common, and if you find restaurants serving them you can consider yourself lucky. Fish is not that hard to find in riverside or lakeside communities.
When you go eating and drinking in Nepal, you should try some of the local snacks. Chiura is crushed rice that looks like oatmeal. It is eaten with hot milk and sugar or with yogurt. The tasty turnovers called samosa are worth a try. So is kha-ja, which is corn that is heated and allowed to pop partially. There are many other interesting eats that you can try in Nepal. Newari cuisine is said to be unique from the others, so you should also try that one.
In some parts of Nepal, such as the Terai, the food is similar to that in India. In other parts, the food is influenced by Tibetan cuisine. An example of this is the Tibetan Bread and Honey, which is bread filled with honey and fried until the bread becomes puffy. This is often eaten for breakfast. Momos, which are dumplings filled with vegetable or meat, are also of Tibetan origin. If you happen to crave for your favorite Mexican, Chinese, or Thai food, you can get them in some restaurants in Kathmandu. They are expectedly more expensive than local food.
Of course, for some people, eating and drinking in Nepal will not be complete without tasting the local alcohol. The most commonly drank alcohol is the Nepali Wine, also called Raksi, which is the cheapest in Nepal.
Just remember the basic rules when you go eating and drinking in Nepal: make sure the food is thoroughly cooked; make sure the water used in beverages has been boiled; and drink bottled water instead of tap water.