Koreans in Bishkek?

by Joshua Foust on 10/15/2011 · 5 comments

Who ever knew I’d be grateful for Stalin’s force relocation of undesirable ethnic groups? Because as a result Bishkek actually has some pretty fabulous Korean restaurants.

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Pirouz October 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Being more than half Ossetian, Stalin can actually be considered Iranic in origin.

Have to say, Joshua: that Korean food sure looks yummy.

Jakob October 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

The best restaurant in Dushanbe is Korean!

Ryan October 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

They tend to be a bit pricey though… if authenticity is not your thing, check out the Chinese restaurant on Sovietskaya near the Opera House (north of Chui).

Joshua Foust October 16, 2011 at 8:28 am

The one just north of Frunze? I had lunch with a friend there just the other day. It WAS good. I loved how they mixed up the usual blah cucumber and tomato vinegar salad with sesame oil. That worked so well I’m doing it to the next salad I make when I’m back in the States.

Ari October 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

There used to be a great Korean restaurant on Chuy called “Santa Maria”. Is that still there? I always thought that was a great name for a Korean restaurant.

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