8 things to eat in Gangtok before you die.

Regardless of you being a traveler or a local, the city of Gangtok is one of the most famous places to stop by in Sikkim.

Apart from its scenic beauty, Gangtok is also famous for its delicious Sikkimese cuisine to treat the taste buds of its beloved tourists that tour the city in the hope of finding heaven. Here’s a list of the best 10 things to eat in Gangtok;

While the ambiance of all these places might not be too fancy as one may expect, the food they serve and the hospitality they offer very well makes for every penny you spend there.

1. Gyathuk

Gyathuk is one of the many versions of the famous ‘Thukpa’ which is a noodle-based soup with pork and chicken added to it.

Thukpa’ is Noodles in Tibetan. Thukpa has many variations like ‘Thukpa Bathuk’ with hand-rolled noodles, ‘Thentuk’ with hand-pulled noodles. ‘Gyathuk’ specifically means ‘Chinese Noodles’ in the Tibetan language, so ‘Thukpa Gyathuk’ has ‘Chinese Noodles’ or ‘Spaghetti’ added to it.

Best served at: ‘Thakali

Price For Two: INR 500 appx.
Timings: 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Location: MG Marg, Gangtok, Sikkim
Phone Number: 91631-22020

2. Daal, bhat tarkari with aachar

‘Daal Bhat tarkari’ is the daily meal eaten by all the Nepalese throughout the State. ‘Daal’ is a soup made of lentils and spices which is served with the boiled rice known as ‘Bhat’.

‘Tarkari’ is curry; a mash-up of different vegetables flavoured with spices and curry powder. It is the main staple diet of most Nepali people and is usually eaten two times a day.

Best served at: ‘Thakali’

Price For Two: INR 600 appx.
Timings: 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Location: Oberoi Building, MG Marg, Gangtok, Sikkim
Phone Number: 82508-21776

3. Tsha-phaley

Translating to meat bread, ‘Tsha phaley’ is a deep-fried pastry filled with stuffing such as minced meat, cabbage, onions, and other spices. These are shaped into circular pieces of bread and are either deep-fried or pan-fried, the frying style varies according to the region.

Tsha phaleys are very famous all around Sikkim and can be found on most roadside momo shops, especially in the town area.

Best served at: ‘The Travel Cafe’ (Tag Along Backpackers)

Price For Two: INR 200–300 appx.
Timings: 10:30 AM to 10:30 PM
Location: Near Sahitya Parishad, Development Area, Gangtok, Sikkim
Phone Number: 96500-91759

4. Sel roti with Aloo dum.

‘Sel Roti’ is one of the most unique Nepali dishes, a sweet rice bread, distinct from any other bread in the world. Sel-Roti resembles a large thin puffed-up doughnut and has a crispy texture with a reddish-brown colour. It is prepared by grinding soaked rice to create a thick batter and it's served as confectionery bread generally with dry potato curry, tea, and other hot beverages.

Sel roti is made and served throughout Sikkim during the festival of Tihar (Dipawali), during wedding parties and other ceremonies. It is an essential food item in most Nepalese cultural and traditional events.

Best served at: ‘Agarwal’s Sweets’

Price For Two: INR 100–200 appx.
Timings: 10:30 AM to 09:00 PM
Location: MG Marg, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101
Phone Number: 97330-15768

5. Kodo ko roti

One of the major sources of carbohydrates among the people in the hilly region, millet; locally known as Kodo’, serves two purposes:

The first one is that the land itself is good for millet cultivation, making it one of the primary cash crops in the region, and another, millet is a heat-producing agent and suits very well in the climate.

It is usually prepared as a form of breakfast and is also served during family gatherings and social events in the State.

Best served at: ‘Parivar Restaurant’

Price For Two: INR 300–400 appx.
Timings: 10:30 AM to 09:00 PM
Location: MG Marg, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101
Phone Number: +91 35922-07409

6. Tongba

On the narrow trails of the Himalayas, where travellers must carry their meals on their backs, multi-use ingredients are essential. Tongba’, a brew-it-yourself fermented millet, is one such staple. As long as there’s a steady supply of hot water, one cup of the alcoholic seeds can be stretched into several rounds of warming, yeasty beer.

After allowing the fermented millet to steep for a few minutes, The drinkers are left with a cloudy liquid. They suck the sour brew through bamboo straws with seed-filtering bottoms until the mug runs dry. Then it’s time for a refill. Often, the millet maintains its flavour and potency even after four or five rounds. But since alcohol content may vary, it might be a good idea to wait and see how the drink hits you: Some say, just two mugs can provide a night-long buzz.

Best served at: ‘Tongba Bar’

Price For Two: INR 700–800 appx.
Timings: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Location: Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino, Lower Samdur Block, Gangtok, Sikkim
Phone Number: 92328-55005

7. Momos; (Of course ya, How could I not include “momos”!?)

Who doesn’t love ‘momos’? Sikkim and Momos are complementary to one another.

Believed to be of Tibetan origin and modulated by Nepalese cuisine, the momos are the lifeline of Sikkim. Momos are steamed buns with a filling. It typically consists of two parts — the cover and the filling. The cover is made of dough of white flour and water. Sometimes yeast or baking soda is also added to the dough to enhance the texture of the momos.

Momos are not just a dish to Sikkimese people but it's more like a binding factor that connects people emotionally and morally to their State.

Best served at: ‘Literally any roadside cafeterias’

Price For Two: INR 100–200 appx.
Timings: “There’s no time to eat momos, you'll get them from early mornings to late midnights.

6. Kauri

‘Kauri’ is a kind of shell pasta that is typically added to a flavourful broth of meat and vegetables. It is a traditional winter dish in and around the State. It is also something that we cook on Tibetan New Years' Eve. It is packed with nutrition and it's really difficult to cook.

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Well, that’s all for now, hope you have a great time exploring different Sikkimese cuisines; don't forget to leave a like and do follow us if you’re a foodie and trying to explore different food cuisines.

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