A Tour of Regostan

by Laurence on 1/18/2006 · 2 comments

Today’s New York Times has this long article about Regostan (Rego Park), Queens’s Central Asian restaurants–Bukharian, Uzbek, Tajik–and about Uighur lagman in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn: It’s all mentioned: Plov, somsa, manti, lepioshka, shashlik (reporter Julie Moskin calls kebab). There’s even a recipe for shorpa, and a narrated slide show on the NY Times website, called exploring Regostan::

In Queens’s Central Asian restaurants, you can read history in the tea leaves.

The geopolitical upheavals of the 20th century sent tens of thousands of people to New York from the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as Afghanistan and western China. Separated from Russia by the vast Kazakhstan steppe, straddled by mountains that stretch from Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush, all the way to China and the Himalayas, the region is home to the Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Tashkent, Dushanbe and Bukhara.

Its mountains cross national boundaries, and so do its dishes. Fresh noodles and lamb kebabs, cilantro and garlic sauces and spiced rice pilafs are home cooking for many of these new New Yorkers.


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Katy January 19, 2006 at 10:21 am

Thanks for sharing!

The Asianist January 19, 2006 at 11:05 am

Heh. I partly grew up near that area. Ah, Continental Avenue. I kinda miss it.

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