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Vegging out

Bhutan is not the hottest destination for food lovers, but there are ways to spice up what's on offer

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Though tourists to Bhutan admire its unique culture and wonderfully elaborate architecture, they may be a bit surprised to learn that Bhutanese cuisine is simple and rather monotonous. 

"Veg or non-veg?" All tourists flying into Bhutan will be stunned by this question on board Bhutan's national carrier Druk Air when the cabin crew offer you the lunch option. As Bhutan is a country with strong faith in Mahayana Buddhism, the local people avoid slaughtering other living creatures. This is a large part of why the Bhutanese menu is heavy on vegetarian options.

A dish you will regularly come cross is ema datshi. In the Dzongkha language "ema" means chilli and "datshi" means cheese. Bhutan's national dish, this fiery concoction of green peppers and cheese, is a regular in most Bhutanese people's diets.

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