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Flavours of Sikkim


Sikkimese food is a melange of Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian influences; rice is a staple and dhal is readily available, while gyakho is a traditional chimney stew served on special occasions. Sikkimese delicacies include ningro (fern rings), shisnu (nettle soup), phing (glass noodles), and churpi (yak cheese) cooked with chillies. Look out for tomba, a traditional drink consisting largely of fermented millet, with a few grains of rice for flavour, served in a wooden or bamboo mug and sipped through a bamboo straw. The mug is occasionally topped up with hot water; once it’s been allowed to sit for a few minutes, you’re left with a pleasant warm, milky beer best on a cold evening.

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