Ladakh is highly rich in organic flavors and it is a paradise for food lovers. The unique dishes of Ladakh reflect the unique lifestyle of locals. Ladakh's Himalayan ecosystem has led to the development of a distinctive agricultural economy and lifestyle. Many of the local people of Ladakh practice farming and the produce of their fields is made into the delicious traditional food of Ladakh.
The food people eat in Ladakh are vegetables such as potatoes, pumpkins, beetroots, and beans are cooked in a variety of different ways and accompany meat dishes. Mutton and chicken are the commonly consumed types of meat and they are the popular dishes of Ladakh. The locals prepare squash, wine, desserts, and jam with apricot. Spices like cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and saffron are used in the preparation of several dishes.
Tourists in Ladakh can try local Ladakhi food, which is nourishing and usually mildly flavored. Favorites include Thukpa, a thick soup with vegetables that provides a complete meal and delicious Momos or steamed dumplings stuffed with meat or vegetables, accompanied by a fiery chili sauce.
There are also many bakeries in Ladakh where you can buy Ladakh special food which is freshly baked bread and enjoy eating it with locally made Apricot Jam. There are many restaurants in Leh, where you can savor Ladakh cuisines as well as an international meal or choose from Tibetan or Ladakhi fare if you prefer.
Some good restaurants in Leh are:
- Himalaya Café - for good Tibetan cuisines
- Shangri La - offers Korean cuisine
- Budshah Inn - offers Chinese and Kashmiri cuisine
- Dreamland Restaurant - offers Tibetan, Kashmiri, Indian and Italian food.
- Penguin Bar and Restaurant - has a German Bakery with a wide choice of baked goods.
- Mentokling Restaurant - offers pizzas cooked over a traditional wood-fired oven.
- Pumpernickel German Bakery - offers lasagna and a fixed-price breakfast, as well as picnic meals.
- Restaurants in Ladakh offer many kinds of cuisine including Tibetan, Korean, Chinese, and Western dishes.