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Nepal Food and Drink

  • Everyday scene at Durbar Square
  • Street vendor


The cuisine of Nepal is known worldwide for the high nutritional value it offers as well as for the taste. Spices like ginger, garlic, coriander, pepper, cumin, chili, cilantro and mustard oil are common and most recipes are quick to cook. Throughout Nepal there is a wide variety of Chinese and Japanese fast food restaurants available.

The most common food found in Nepal is dhal bat which is a soup made of lentils, various spices and rice. A variation of this dish involves placing vegetables that have been fried with spices (tarki) on top of the dhal bat.


Other popular dishes include:

Gundrock-Dheedo: a sugar-free dish made of wheat, maize and dried green vegetables.

Masu: this dish involves spiced or curried meat (can be chicken, mutton, buffalo or pork) which is served with gravy.

Chatamari: this is often referred to as Newari pizza because it is flat bread or rice crepe made by the Newars people from the Kathmandu Valley. It can be eaten with or without topping, with traditional toppings including meat, eggs, vegetable and even sugar.

Vegetable Pulao: also known as fried Nepali rice, the rice in this dish is seasoned with turmeric and cumin and has become a very popular way of serving rice at parties.

The most common snack food found in Nepal is known locally as momo. Momo is a meat dumpling that is served with spicy soup as well as a tomato-based dip.



Regarding drinks in Nepal, it is advisable to stick with bottled water rather than tap water. Tongba is a special Limbu cultural drink. It is a homemade wine that is traditionally served warm which makes it a popular choice during the winter. Another popular option is Rakshi which is a millet-based alcoholic drink that is considered very important in religious rituals and has become a staple at social events.

Things to know:

Tipping in Nepal is pretty customary and is generally expected in tourist hotels and restaurants where 10% is considered the normal amount.

Drinking age: 21



Nepal Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Nepal.

Learn about the history and culture of Nepal, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Nepal's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Nepal for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Nepal tours today!


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