Being a city in Asia, you would expect Nepal to have a variety of meals. You are right. Like the other Asian countries, Nepal has ethnic dishes with rice as the signature staple grain. These days, you need not visit Nepal before you can partake in their rich food culture. You can visit any Nepali restaurants in San Francisco. If you are going for the first time, this post will expose you to some things you will encounter in Nepali cuisine.
Dal Bhat. You can liken Dal Bhat to hamburgers in SF. Daal Bhat is the dish you will find in any Nepal cuisine. It is a meal that comprises white basmati rice, a spicy lentil soup, momos, and some side dishes. Pickles, roti, curried fish, or meat are some side dishes you can have. The Nepalese enjoy this meal by eating with their hands, but you can enjoy it with cutlery.
Fried Rice. In Nepal, a fried rice dish is called Pulao. The rice is fried with vegetables and spices like turmeric, cumin, and garlic. They could go as far as adding yogurt to add some depth of flavor. Regarding flavor, Nepalese fried rice dishes are from basmati rice. Without these long grain rice, you will not enjoy the meal. You can get any variety of fried rice in a San Francisco Nepali restaurant.
Nepal cuisine has a special bread called Naan. While Naan is from flour, roti is bread made from wheat. The bread is baked in their special oven called tandoori. Tibetan bread is specially soft on the outside and crispy on the inside. You could choose the bread plain or mixed with garlic, potatoes, or cheese.
What is an Asian restaurant without seafood? You could enjoy a single sea animal garnished with rich spices to give the Asian flavors. You could also combine shrimps, squids, or prawns in a larger dish.
In Nepal, Thukpa is the hot and thick noodle soup everybody eats. The noodles are cooked in a rich meat broth. Nepalese use little to no beef in their dishes, so they use more chicken, lamb, and pork. In San Francisco, you will find a noodle meal as chowmein on the menu. You could have the vegetable chowmein (without meat), the chicken chowmein, or the egg chowmein.
For the Vegetarian
A Nepal cuisine will have options for the vegetarian. A simple option would be vegetables like spinach and lentils cooked with spices. A more complex option would be a dish like the Aloo Gobi, roasted potatoes with cauliflower, ginger, and tomatoes.
Amazingly, you can decide to bring Nepal cuisine to your home. Order online for any Nepal or Indian food in San Francisco home delivery and eat like a Nepalese in your home.
Lastly, expect to wash down your meal with wine, a cocktail, or a beverage. Nepali/Masala tea is popular among Nepalese. They make it by boiling the tea with different spices and milk. It is usually warm, making it a great option to start your day.