Horses, cows and sheep are the main part of Kyrgyz people due to the mountainous relief of the Kyrgyz land. It influenced Kyrgyz cuisine as well. Traditional Kyrgyz food to the great extent comes from mutton, beefand horse meat, as well as various dairy products. The preparation techniques and major ingredients have been strongly influenced by the historically nomadic way of life. Moreover, Kyrgyzstan is home to many different nationalities and their various cuisines. Non-Kyrgyz cuisines that are particularly common and popular in Kyrgyzstan include Uyghur, Dungan, Uzbek, and Russian cuisines.
The common meals in Alay region are:
Oromo - once finished, it comes out as layers of dough that have been filled with finely cut chunks of meat, fat, and whatever else the cook feels like adding – carrots, onion, potato, or pumpkin. It’s steamed in a special multi-layered pot and is excellent when eaten with a side of ketchup. You’re more likely to see it served in Kyrgyz homes.
Borsokis dough that is cut into little squares and then fried so that they’re airy inside. Borsok is a staple food served during holidays.
Montyis meat, onion, and fat filled dumplings that are usually steamed.
Plovis originally Uzbek dish, but it became a main dish to welcome guests at your house. It’s fried onions and carrots mixed into spiced rice served with chunks of tender, boiled meat on top.
Bread– there many types of breads in the country difereing with their size, mixtures inside. It is baked in tandoor (a clay oven) in the villages.
Kuimak – liquid dough is fried in warm oil – and is eaten with sour cream.
Meat - The most common form of meat is mutton, beef and horse meat. Almost every meal is cooked with meat. Kyrgyz people cann’t image their lifw without this.
Honeyis also common in Kyrgyz culture. Many families make it in their homes.
Kuurdak- small pieces fried lamb or mutton with onion and spices.
Chuchvara- is meat dumplings of minced meat, onion and spices in dough. It is boiled in a broth with some meat.
Shorpo- is a hot oily soup with chunks of meat, potatoes and carrots
Kymyz- fermented mare’s milk, slightly alcoholic. Usualy made in summer time when people go to summer camps.
Airan(also known as Kefir) - is a milk drink that resembles drinking yogurt.
Making rugs, carpets, and other household items from the felt of sheep is the well-known activity in Kyrgyz life. Women are busy with weaving the wool in yurts.
Chyyrchyck summer camp is at 2400 meters above sea level. It is the first pass on Pamir Highway to Tajikistan. About one hundred shepherds come from all over the region and camp here with their livestock. According to some locals, they consider this place as the largest summer camp in south Kyrgyzstan. Most people come here and do business with selling and buying horse’s milk, fermented mare’s milk, slightly alcoholic. Most of the tours of Visit Alay start right from this pass. It is strongly recommended to come here for those who are seeking to experience Kyrgyz traditional nomadic life and to do short day treks. You can find here CBT yurts hosting tourists.