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Uzbekistan Day 3: Tashkent to Samarkand – Food Road Trip Uzbekistan!
On Day 3 we packed up in Tashkent, and made our way driving to Samarkand, one of the most historically significant cities in all of Uzbekistan, and Central Asia. But this is not the Samarkand food and history tour yet, this is the the journey to get there, which involved some incredible food stops along the way.
Chinoz Fish Market – One of my favorite Uzbek meals of the trip was at the fish bazaar on the way to Samarkand. There are a series of restaurants to choose from, located just a stone’s throw from one of the biggest rivers in the country. You choose your fish, it was carp, then she hacked it into small pieces, and deep fried it to a crisp. But the real unique aspect of this style of Uzbek fried fish was that she took garlic in water, and tossed it all over the fried fish right out of the oil. Something I’ve never seen before, and it was quite fascinating to see. Fish was great.
Total price – 144,000 UZS ($17.76)
Melons Stop – Melons are native to Central Asia and they are naturally some of the sweetest and some of the best tasting in the world. They were for sure the sweetest best tasting melons I’ve ever had in my life.
Afsona Jizzax Somsa – Next stop on this Uzbekistan food road trip was to eat a giant somsa (samosa). Now you have probably already seen that you can’t really go a day in Uzbekistan without eating a somsa, and that’s a good thing because they are delicious. But these are super sized, filled with ½ kg. Of mutton and onions, and cooked in the tandoori oven. To eat these speciality somsa you add in some type of oil and tomato sauce.
Samarkand, Uzbekistan – Finally in the evening we arrived to Samarkand, and just along the highway we caught a glimpse of the mighty building and history of the city.
Samarkand Restaurant – Food here was alright. We ordered a sharing kebab tray.
Total price – 227,000 ($28)
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