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 dishes of Ladakhi cuisine.
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 in Ladakh.
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 freshly baked bread and enjoy eating it with locally made Apricot Jam. There are many restaurants in Leh, where you can have an international meal or choose from Tibetan or Ladakhi fare if you prefer.
Some good restaurants in Leh are:
- Himalaya Café - for good Tibetan fare
- 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.