Food in Turkmenistan
Restaurants will provide distinctively mediocre Russian food. Plov and other Central Asian cuisine may be available at marketplaces, as in Uzbekistan. If you can locate it, try Caspian Sea sturgeon, which is occasionally cooked in a ‘tempura’ manner.
Meals often begin with a soup, such as chorba, a meat and vegetable soup. Plov, a rice dish with mutton, onions, carrots, spices, raisins, peas, or quinces, is another national food. Manty are steamed dumplings with lamb filling. Ku’urma is lamb that has been roasted in its own fat. Ichlekli is a meat and onion pie, while gutap is a meat, potato, spinach, and pumpkin pie.
Drinks in Turkmenistan
Look for a selection of vodka branded ‘Turkmenbashi,’ which may be washed down with a selection of Russian ‘Baltika’ brand beer. Local beers may be more difficult to obtain at foreigner-friendly establishments, although ‘Berk’ is definitely worth asking for; ‘Zip,’ on the other hand, is terrible.
Tea is delicious and widely accessible.
It’s best to err on the side of caution and drink bottled water. If you don’t like fizzy water, mention byehz gah-zah (literally, ‘without gas’ or’still; plain’) like you would in Russia. Mineral water from Georgia called ‘Borjomi’ is sold at stores in Ashgabat.
Locals like to drink gok chai, which is green tea flavored with dried fruits or herbs such as mint.