To travel safely and healthy, food is very important to prevent unnecessary illness or trouble in the middle of wonderful trip.
We always are suggesting our clients to choose the restaurant carefully and eat light at the arrival day.
Food: Traditional Tibetan food is pretty basic, and stems from the staples of barley and yak products.
Tsampa is an acquired taste – ask your guide to show you how Tsampa is mixed with tea in a bowl.
Momos are quite good, and Thukpa is great comfort food.
You will also probably be offered Tibetan tea at some point; a salty tea made ofyak butter, milk, salt and tea leaves.
While Tibetans love it, it is an acquired taste for most foreigners.
Tibetans are very hospitable and will serve you tea continuously.
It is also okay to ask for hot water or sweat tea if butter tea is not to your liking.
There are just a few Tibetan restaurants specializing in local fare, and the further you go from Lhasa, the less traditional food you will find.
Most restaurants in Tibet are Chinese, and serve spicy Sichuan-style fare.
The food is hot and many dishes are stir-fried, eliminating most safety concerns.
Most restaurants are safe to eat in, but if it looks deserted, dirty, or you just feel uncomfortable, you should probably seek another option.
Guesthouses catering to backpackers and the occasional hostel or hip restaurant will offer a western breakfast menu of pancakes with honey and bananas, yogurt or cereal.
Otherwise, most hotels will serve a Chinese-style breakfast, including steamed dumplings, eggs-boiled or scrambled with tomatoes, hot veggies, a bland form of rice-pudding and tea.
Vegetarians will have no trouble finding vegetable, noodle and tofu dishes in Chinese restaurants.
While you may get tired of the same dishes over and over, you are bound to find a favorite; whether it is spicy eggplant, fried green beans or spicy tofu.
Water: Tap water is not considered safe for drinking for most Westerners, but is fine for brushing your teeth with.
We recommend purchasing bottled water, bringing purification tablets or boiling your own water if trekking.