A Pasta and Kebab Combination: An Introduction to Uyghur Cuisine

A Pasta and Kebab Combination: An Introduction to Uyghur Cuisine

By  Sunday, 11.1.2015, 10:01    Restaurants

One doesn't have to walk the streets of Munich for long to realise that the Doner kebab is king. With such a strong Turkish influence on the city, tasty and affordable kebabs are available on an increasing number of street corners and transport stations, but a Doner and Pasta restaurant?

One of the treats of moving from a small island to a big city is the overwhelming choice of international cuisines to choose from. I was looking forward to reacquainting my tastebuds with Thai, Indian and Japanese food, but this Total Munich journey is also about discovery, so when I heard of the existence of an Uyghur restaurant, I was intrigued.  

To be honest, I knew little about the Uyghur's until my friend filled me in a little.

A Muslim people of Turkish origin, the Uyghurs are located in Eastern and Central Asia, primarily in China, where they exisit under repression as one of the 56 official ethnic minorities.  

The food seemed to be a mixture of classical Turkish with a blend of Mediterranean, and there was a varied selection of prepared foods on display, making it an interesting lunch stop for people wanting something quick and a little different.   

As time was short, there was little opportunity to investigate the origins of both the restaurant and the cuisine, especially as the Uyghur owner was not around. The food was delicious, but now I am intrigued - how did pasta become a staple dish in a remote province of China, from an ethnic group of Turkish origin.  

There were all sorts of interesting combinations, and next on my list are these delicious-looking dumplings below, stuffed with onion and meat, similar in style to Russian pelmeni and Georgian khinkali.  

A very friendly welcome, with staff in what I assume is traditional attire, just off Goetheplatz U-Bahn.

Häberlstraße 1
089 55271643
11:00 - 22:00

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (www.croatia-split.com), Total Hvar (www.total-hvar.com) and Total Inland Dalmatia (www.total-inland-dalmatia.com), as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, www.bossandblogger.com 

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