foods in nepal

Food in Nepal: how much it costs and what to eat.

When we were preparing for trekking in Nepal, we read a lot of reports. Some contained only emotions and photographs, but there were also useful reports with travel time, with the cost of living, but in none of the reports we could find food prices.

the maximum that we found was the amount of money spent per day. But this is also an ambiguous figure. Even within the same group, food costs can vary by 2-3 times, it all depends on requests. Someone needs not only food, but also dessert, and maybe beer / rum / vodka. In general, all people are different, and on the tracks in Nepal there is an opportunity to choose …

From the names on the menu it is not always possible to understand what it is and what it is eaten with, so here I will try to describe the main dishes that are offered in the lodges on the Nepal treks, in particular the Annapurna trek and the Everest base camp trek. And also the prices for all dishes in different villages along the way of the tracks will be given.


The basis of food in Nepal and in general throughout Asia is rice, so several rice dishes can be found in any cafe or lodge.

Fried Rice – fried rice. Boiled rice is fried in a pan in sauce, onions and spices are added, each cook has his own set. Very tasty dish, and the portion is usually very large.

There are many modifications of fried rice: veg fried rice – vegetables are added (carrots, cabbage, herbs, etc.), egg – a fried egg is added, tune – canned fish (tuna) is added, meet – with meat, and mix fried rice – all of the above (you need to specify what exactly)

Dal Bhat – DalBat, a traditional Indian-Nepalese dish (called Tali in India), usually served on a large metal dish. It is a set – boiled rice (bat), lentil stew (dal), stewed curry vegetables, flatbread – papadum (but in some places they don’t give a flatbread). Maybe with meat. The main advantage of this dish is that you can ask for a supplement (in general, they say that it is customary to ask for a supplement once, but I took a second supplement several times, but for this you need to be very hungry), the portion is very large.

Another popular dish is Noodles (and other pasta – spaghetti, pasta). It can also be simply boiled – Plain Noodles (boiled noodles) and fried – fried noodles. Any additional goodies can be added to the noodles (vegetables -veg, cheese – cheese, egg – egg, fish -tuna, meat -meet). The portion is usually also quite large, but if you take pasta, then they will turn out a little less due to the fact that they are empty inside and occupy a larger volume.

Potatoes – yes, they also eat potatoes here, though all that we saw raw was terrible – small, sluggish, sprouted, no one would buy such a one in the market, but they cook deliciously. They cook it like we do – boiled in uniform (boiled potato, plain potato), fried (fried potato), mashed potatoes (like mashed potatoes, but without milk) – mashed potato, french fries – finger chips or french fries, large potato pancakes – hash brown potatoes.

Mo-Mo – local Nepalese dumplings (or dumplings), come with meat, potatoes, vegetables, eggs. Can be boiled (steam), fried (fried), with curry sauce (C Mo-Mo – Curry Mo-Mo). Usually a serving is 10 pieces plus a bowl of sauce.

Spring Roll – various fillings wrapped in a pancake or thin pita bread. Toppings like in Mo-Mo (meat, vegetables, eggs, potatoes, fish) can also be with noodles, and sweet ones, for example, with apple or chocolate (more precisely, with Snickers, Mars, etc.). On tracks, spring roll is most often a large pie, sometimes there are even two per serving.

Curry – stewed vegetables (can be with meat or fish) in a spicy sauce, served in a large bowl, sometimes a plate of boiled rice is also served separately.

This includes all flour products: Chapatti – a thin flour cake, Tibetian Bread – a thick cake, such as pita bread baked in a pan, Buckwheat Bread – a cornmeal cake, Pancake – a large pancake.

Soups – The bulk of soups are instant bagged soups, but sometimes they add something real, like potatoes or dried mushrooms. But sometimes they make normal soups, but they are usually more expensive. To clarify, you can ask – is it powder (powder) soup or not. They also make soups from Chinese instant noodles.

called Ra-ra noodle soup, wai-wai noodle soup, or something else, depending on the brand of noodles. But there are also normal soups – Thukpa (tukpa), soup with potatoes and noodles, SherpaStew (sherpastu) – a thick soup of everything (potatoes, noodles, rice, vegetables).

For breakfast, you can eat porridge, usually there are two types – oatmeal (Out Porridge) and tsampa or champa (Tsampa, Champa) this is something like semolina only from crushed and toasted barley grains, quite tasty, especially with sugar or honey (and also better with both at the same time). You can add nuts, dried fruits or a fresh apple to the porridge for an additional fee. They can also make muesli with milk.

Eggs are often cooked for breakfast – scrambled eggs, scrambled eggs, just boiled. Vegetables or cheese can be added to the omelet.

You can also order a couple of toasts with jam or honey or a sandwich (sandwich). They also offer pizza with different toppings, but this is more likely not a pizza, but a bread cake topped with all sorts of toppings (vegetables, fish, cheese, potatoes).

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