Street Food in Tibet – ULTIMATE TIBETAN FOOD TOUR + Amazing Potala Palace in Lhasa!

Street Food in Tibet – ULTIMATE TIBETAN FOOD TOUR + Amazing Potala Palace in Lhasa!

– Hey everyone, hope you’re
having an amazing day. It’s Mark Wiens. I’m in Lhasa which is the
most important city in Tibet. I’ve been wanting to visit
this city for so long, since I was a kid, and learn
and actually saw pictures of the Potala Palace. But I’m excited to be here. It’s an honor to be here. I was invited by Travel China Tibet Tours. Today we are gonna go on an
ultimate Tibetan street food and local food tour of Lhasa. But before we start eating, we are going to visit the Potala Palace which is an unbelievable giant fortress. We’re gonna walk to the top. We’re gonna tour the fortress but I know you can’t take photos and then after that we’re gonna be gettin’ the ultimate food tour. We’re gonna eat some of the
best Tibetan dishes, foods. I can’t wait to share
all the food with you in this video. (upbeat percussive music) Okay, so we’re just getting
into the entrance of the palace. It is a cloudy, slightly rainy but at least not raining right now day. Approaching the base, gonna get through the
security checkpoint first. (crowd chattering) They have quite some serious
security and checkpoints but we’ve just arrived. This is into the palace grounds now. Wow, we are at the base of the palace. Oh man, it is just, it’s a fortress. It’s magnificent. It’s giant. Made it through another ticket checkpoint and now we are actually onto the stairs to begin our ascent. And you can see the Red Palace which is in the center which is the older and then the White Palace which is painted white. Oh man and then we’ve just
climbed up about 15 steps so far and I can already
feel my heart beating. By the way, Lhasa is at 3656 meters which is 11990 feet but you
have definitely gotta take these 490 steps slowly and methodically and just slow movements. Doma, who is our guide, was telling us people zigzag on the steps
too to save energy to ascend. But they do have an
oxygen station right there but I think mostly for emergency purposes, if you need some oxygen. Yeah, the air is thin. The Red Palace which is
the center of the palace, it dates back more than 1300 years whereas the white part of the
palace dates back, I think, to about 1645 when it was built by the fifth Dalai Lama. It’s a dzong fortress but now it is a school to
bring up Tibetan Buddhism and students of Tibetan
Buddhism and Dalai Lamas. (upbeat percussive music) We’re getting to the next entrance point but if you look at these
massive blankets guarding this door, these are made from yak wool which is waterproof and weatherproof and they can hold up to
anything, the yak wool. It’s huge, it’s just like a drape that just comes down from the windows. Step inside of here and the walls are just painted in such well preserved,
impressive paintings but then up if you look at
the top of the doorway there, those are snow lions which
are the sign of Tibet. (upbeat percussive music) Just entered into this court yard. – The place here is we call Deyangshar and there is the monk’s
living quarter around here and every year in the
eve, the monks they choose their ritual dance here and Dalai Lama he use that window to watch them dance over here and here’s the school, the primary school, and there is their two bells, school bell, which is made by. – Wow. (upbeat plucky music) We then take a flight of steps and then a wooden staircase which leads into the Potala Palace. Turn off the camera here,
we are gonna go inside. I’ll let you know how it is when we come out on the other side but this, this is really
entering into the palace. (melancholy plucky music) Stepping outside now after
touring the Potala Palace. And we went to the White Palace, we went to the Red Palace, unbelievable. We went to chapels. We saw the tombs of the Dalai Lamas, the various assembly rooms and just, like, what’s unbelievably impressive is the network, the
labyrinth of rooms connecting to chapels connecting
to tombs connecting to, the construction and
how it just, like, leads from one place to another and you can get so lost back in there. But the meaning, the
symbolism, the history, the ornate details was mind blowing. And just the construction and
even the ventilation systems and the way that they allowed
light into the palace, wow. (reverent music) We made it back down
from the Potala Palace. Hello. Can you see? Yes, thank you. Oh, awesome. We made it back down from
the palace from here. We are, again, just look at the majestic
views of the palace. From here, we are going
to a local tea house. So, it is a big part of Tibetan culture to hang out at tea
houses, eat some noodles, eat some food, drink tea. Doma is taking us to a local spot. (upbeat bouncy music) Okay, we’re stepping inside to, this is a local tea house. We’re gonna stop in here for some tea and for something to eat. These are our cups? – [Doma] Yeah, for sweet tea. – Ah, okay. (crowd chattering) Rearranged the seating situation. We got some table space over there but it’s really, it’s amazing. It’s so communal. You just share tables with others, you have tea, you socialize. (crowd chattering) So I’m starting off with a sweet tea and if you look around, most
people are drinking sweet tea. That’s the drink of choice here. Oh, that’s hot. Oh, it’s almost floral tasting but you taste the tea, you
taste the milkiness of it. And that’s scorching hot. That’s really good. And it’s not too sweet,
just lightly sweet. And the noodles, my bowl of
yak noodles have just arrived. (crowd chattering) After climbing and touring Potala Palace then a bowl of piping hot yak noodles and piping hot yak dumplings. It smells so good and the noodles, let’s start with the noodles first. I see a lotta people kinda
like really mix it up. There’s just a little bit of yak. These are, like, thick hearty noodles. In very, kind of a clear broth with just a few onions in it, maybe. (Mike humming) The noodles are very doughy. And very soft. The yak is a little bit
chewy and fatty and rich. And then it tastes like a
little bit of Sichuan pepper. It kinda has that fruity,
citrusyness to it. I think you can just pick
it up and drink the soup. Okay, let’s try the, the yak dumplings. And you can already see, they’re actually very bready. Almost like a bready steamed wrapper. Oh wow, the yak inside of
here is much more tender. And it is, rather than a noodle wrapper, it’s more of doughy bread wrapper. Like steamed bread like baozi kinda bread. But just a little meat for flavoring. You get a little bit of yak. Yak is not eaten in huge amounts because it’s so rich, it’s so, it’s so warming. And then I think this sauce
is for the dumplings as well. It’s like a slightly, like a dried chili kinda
salty sauce, really good. And I just noticed over on my table there’s also a little cup of chili oil which I think is for the noodles. I’m gonna add that in my noodles. Add a little bit of this. Oh yes. Maybe a little more on top of the noodles since they kinda went into
the sauce, into the soup, okay, there we go. With that chili sauce. You can feel the crunch
of the dried chilies and it’s not too spicy but
it’s very, very fragrant. (crowd chattering) And all of a sudden, it’s
getting very, very busy so sharing my table. But I’m gonna try, we also got a plate of, these are vegetarian, I
think they called them momos but again these are like,
they’re like straight buns filled with vegetables, filled with maybe vermicelli as well. Just gonna dip it into the sauce a bit. Oh, it’s mostly mung,
maybe mung bean noodles, but a type of vermicelli in there with some spice, with some Sichuan pepper. With that chili sauce it’s really good. Yeah, to eat a whole plate of that. How are you? People are so cool in Tibet. Very nice, very nice. (speaking in foreign language) I think it’s okay to just
pick it up with your fingers. That’s what I see, Uncle
picked it up with his fingers. Have another. Okay. (speaking in foreign language) Very good. That’s so cool, they are so cool. It’s definitely the type of broth that when you start sipping it, you can feel that kind of,
like, oilyness on your lips. It’s good broth for your lips. It’s like ChapStick,
natural yak fat ChapStick. (crowd chattering) And now trying, this is the black tea which is also common to drink
along with the sweet tea. It’s a little bit salty. And very, very light tea. Like, you just barely taste
the essence of the tea. It’s almost soupy, yeah. (crowd chattering) (speaking in foreign language) Oh man, what a gorgeous experience. And I think I just said
goodbye in Tibetan. What a beautiful place. What a beautiful people and come outside. Oh man, it is rainy. It’s still raining. Looks like it’s just gonna be
a rainy, drizzly cloudy day all day today but we’re
gonna get back into the van and we are gonna drive
towards Barkhor Street which is the center, which is the old city of Lhasa to walk around and eat some more food. (upbeat percussive music) Well, we made it to the
Barkhor Street area. This is the old part of Lhasa so there’s just networks
and lanes and alleys of old buildings and it’s also
where the Johkang Temple is which is the center of Tibet. It is also one of the most
sacred places in Tibet. We’re gonna stop at another tea house. This is a very, very famous
tea house in Barkhor Street. Doma said it’s packed but they’re known for a few other dishes
that we’re gonna taste. (crowd chattering) Just stepping into this tea house, you can just hear this hum of voices. People talking, people
come in here to hang out, play cards, to drink tea. (crowd chattering) And yeah, it is challenging, you just gotta try to find a seat and sit down wherever you can. This is a really popular local spot. Okay, they’re leaving right here. You gotta sit down immediately or somebody else will grab your table. (glasses clinking) (crowd chattering) – [Doma] French fry, and that’s for vegetables for
fried rice, fried noodles. – Tibetan fried potatoes
and now walking over to find the noodles which I think are over on the other side. It’s kinda like, yeah, we
didn’t have a local with us, you’d be kinda confused because there’s so many
different places you can come. Okay, you order the noodles here I think. – [Doma] You have to bring them the card. – [Mike] Oh, so you paid
and they give you a card. – And they give you a card and then you exchange it for the noodle. (speaking in foreign language) – Tea house of this popularity, what you do is you get your own cups, you get own glass cups, and you put down money onto the table. So that’s how the lady coming
around with the kettle of tea knows that you want tea so then she fills your cup and then she takes some of
the money from that pile. That’s how they cater to the
masses at this tea house. Wow, the energy, the action here. People slurping noodles, people drinking tea. This is beautiful. We found another table on the inside so I think we’re gonna move because this is a very, very
compact little table here. Okay we got a whole table. That age of that table. This is just, like,
there’s so much going on. And starting with some
Tibetan fried potatoes. I’m sure potatoes, like,
in these elevations can grow really, really good potatoes. It’s really creamy on the inside. Gonna try some of the sweet tea here. I really like it because
it’s not that sweet and it’s not that rich,
it’s not that creamy. It is milky but it’s just hot,
it’s warming, lightly sweet. It is the type of tea
you could just sit here and just sip on. And then Doma has a whole
bag of fried Tibetan bread which is very common. I saw many people, like,
take out bags of this bread from their bags, from their purses and start to eat it at tea shops. Oh, it’s like fluffy and, like, kinda airy. It kinda has a neutral taste, a little bit salty, almost, like, has, like an eggy texture to it. And also I saw a lotta
people dip this into the tea. (crowd chattering) It just, like, because the bread is airy, that just completely absorbs the tea. And since we had the soup
noodles at the other tea house, we tried the fried noodles here. This is like chow mein fried noodles. There’s carrots in here,
there’s some vegetables and there’s some type of meat. Grab a little bit of that chili sauce. This does look and smell really good. Oh, it is really good. Garlicky and kinda oily
with that chili sauce with the crispness of the carrots. And, again, the noodles
are very, like, doughy. That’s Tibetan food, like,
filling, warming, nourishing, and just, like, it needs to be. You need those carbs. You need that fat with this elevation. That is tasty. Again, what an environment here. (crowd chattering) Well, what I think is so
cool about these tea houses in Tibet is that they’re
places for everyone from young kids to the elderly, everyone is welcome here and
then additionally what I like is that they’re places where you can come just to chill and hang out and socialize. You, I mean lots of people have tea, but even if you don’t have tea, you can have food but you
don’t have to have food. It’s really, like, fully up to you. It’s just a social environment. It’s just a place where
everybody’s welcome and that’s what stands out. It’s like coming back out into the world. (peaceful music) Okay, so walking down the
street we’ve come across a lady who’s selling, it’s dried dzomo. I think the word is dzomo cheese. It’s a combination of both yak and cow. I think a breed, a crossbreed. And she says that this is very
strong, very powerful milk made into this cheese. So we got a bag of it. But that’s like, it’s dried, it’s light. It’s very, very hard. And put it in your mouth
and just kind of suck on it. Oh, immediately it’s a
little bit sweet though. Really, really like rock hard. As you chew and as you
hydrate it with your saliva it starts to crumble down. The taste is good. And then we also bought some of her, she has a basket of fruit which is kind of like an apple, kind of like a wild berry. It is a little animal-y tasting. Good though. Okay, and now I’m gonna
try one of the fruits. Oh, that’s really good. – [Doma] Yeah, it is really good. – That’s like a extra
condensed flavor apple. Really crisp, really juicy and sweet. Q, how did you like the cheese? Oh, you’re still. – I’m still tryin’ to.
– Chewin’ on it? – Chew on it, mmhm. – It’s, like, not too strong of a flavor. – It’s not too strong.
– Yeah. – It’s different. I’m glad I finally tried it. – Cool. Yeah, so this entire
area, old square of Lhasa is basically a market area. There’s everything from modern things to daily necessities. You’ll find a lot of yak butter and immediately you can smell that and a variety of different cheeses. But then, just walking through here, yeah, I mean it’s a marketplace where you could buy everything. (peaceful music) Walkin’ around, there also happens to be a huge concentrations of dentists in this area with all the food. Yeah, if you wanna shop and then stop and get a cavity removed
or teeth cleaning session, this is the place you come in Lhasa. Got some extra info on
the high concentration of dentists in this area because in Tibet, lots of people like to have a golden tooth. I think it’s mostly for
style as Doma was saying. So they come here to get a golden tooth and come to think of it, I have seen a lotta people smile and they have a nice golden tooth. That’s awesome. (rain pattering) Now that is a beautiful
collection of dried yak parts and fat but yak is often
dried to preserve it and then it can be used
throughout the year. So, this is like a
business square in Lhasa for many, many centuries
people have gathered here to talk, to negotiate, to do business especially jewelry and different products. This is the fresh, local,
wholesale food market where you can vegetables,
where you can buy meat, where you can buy all sorts
of the essential ingredients that you need for Tibetan food. (upbeat music) Some serious chunks of yak butter. There’s tea and what’s amazing to me is how much, like, cookies
and candies there are. There’s just, like, shelves
and shelves of hard candies. Whoa, and that is a good
collection of butters. (upbeat music) That’s so cool, there’s
like six little guys all playing a game on one
phone, huddled around. (upbeat music) So next up we are stopping, it’s just a small, little,
like hole-in-the-wall, little closet sized shop. There’s a clothes stall on this side, there’s a clothes stall on this side but she’s whipping up some noodle dishes. You can smell the chili,
you can smell the oils. This noodle dish is called laping and it’s made from, it’s this blob, a very jelly-ish blob of mung bean. Not even noodle yet but
it’s a blob of mung bean and as she slices it off, you can just see it,
like wobble and wiggle. But, she slices some off, she puts it into your bowl, she adds on some seasoning and then she adds on
some pickled vegetables and then she adds on some
chilies, some green onions, some kinda brothy sauce
that smells really good, that looks really good. But, that, like, shaking
blob of mung bean. That’s great. (speaking in foreign language) Thank you. Okay, got my freshly
assembled bowl of laping and lemme open the chopsticks and you can see, this
is pink pickled radish and the mung bean noodle
she just slices it so they’re slices, kinda mixes around with the chili oil. It’s soupy, the green onions in there. Well, those are jellyish noodles so they just kinda, like, melt apart. I’ll try to, you gotta
be delicate with them. Oh that’s delicious. There might be some vinegar in there too and some ginger. And then the noodles, the mung bean blob, it just sorta melts in your mouth. You’ve got the contrast
of the very crisp radish that’s pickled and then the chili oil. I like that a lot. (crowd chattering) That’s amazing. And the toasted chili oil
with the sesame oil in there. The perfect afternoon snack in Lhasa. (upbeat music) And the sun has come out. I didn’t think the sun
was gonna come out today. I thought it was just gonna
be rainy the entire day. This is great, we’re
getting some sunshine. A little bit of blue skies. And we are movin’ on. (upbeat music) Next up on this corner, there’s, this is a very cool little corner stall. Some dzomo yogurt which is the, again, the
combination of yak and cow yogurt which is supposed to be
very powerful as well so we gotta try that. There’s no way we cannot try that. Dzomo yogurt, open up that lid. It looks really thick and kinda bubbly. And then it does get, like,
smoother as you go down. Oh wow. You can tastes it’s full fat, full flavor. A little bit sour. Very rich and a little
bit animal tasting, yeah. That is dzomo. That’s yak and cow mix. Oh, it’s really, really good though. – [Q] I’ll get a little
bit of that butter on top. – [Mike] Yeah, that butter stuff. – It’s not bad, yeah. – [Mike] It’s good, it’s rich, right? – It’s lightly sweet,
it’s very rich and tangy. – [Mike] Very rich, yeah. – Yeah, it’s good. – And then conveniently right next door to where we just had the yogurt, she’s selling Tibetan fry bread
with yak meat on the inside. Let’s break it open and see. See the yak, it’s fried, it’s like that same type of
bread we had at the tea house but then yak on the inside. There’s also green
onions, I think, inside. It’s crispy and, like,
blistered on the outside from being deep fried and then gummy on the inside. A little bit of minced yak in there and then the onions to
bring it all together. A little bit oily and flavorful. Very good. (crowds chattering) Okay, so next up on this food tour, ultimate Tibetan food tour, right on the corner here is a
very famous place for momos. Specifically yak momos I believe. Wow, this is a very cool place. So we’ve had quite a few momos and doughy things already
but we’re gonna stop in here. I gotta taste the momos here. It’s packed and warm. Oh, and they look amazing though. (speaking in foreign language) It’s packed in here, like, there’s almost no standing space but such a cool place. They’re in this little
room here making the momos and they just have this
entire bowl of yak meat mixed with green onions and spices. Makin’ them into, like,
little bite sized momos and then, very good. Then they make the trays and then I’ll give you a
whole 360 tour over here. In the back there is where they steam them and then over here is where you eat. (crowd chattering) – [Q] And then I’ll clear
away some of this for ya. – Okay, yeah, that’s fine. Got in the corner here. Legendary yak momos in Lhasa. Oh wow, oh that’s delicious
especially dipped in that sauce. They’re juicy on the inside because of the fatty yak meat. It’s tender, you taste the onions and that wrapper is very gummy and that sauce is like, it is a little bit spicy. It’s so juicy. It’s so flavorful. And that’s why this place is so popular. But the freshness of them. I mean, they make them over there. This is where they’re
making the dumplings. Oh and right over here, they were wavin’. Very good, very good. A sad moment. Those are the best yak
momos I’ve ever had. All right. Thank you, thank you. Doma, those are the best
yak momos I’ve ever had. They were so good. Oh man, if I hadn’t eaten a
few bowls of noodles already, I would’ve had a whole, like, over heaping bowl of yak momos. (crowd chattering) And then when the sun
does come out in Lhasa, it’s not even hot, but the rays of the sun because you’re so high in
elevation, it’s so strong. You gotta use sunblock
or a hat is even better. And that’s why you see a
lot of people even wearing kinda cowboy hats or big-rimmed
fisherman-style hats. Because the sun, the UV
rays are so strong here in this elevation in Tibet. Next up on this food tour,
Tibetan food tour of Lhasa, we’re stopping in this small, little shop because we’ve been
searching out this one dish. I’m not sure exactly what it’s gonna be but it is fungus with
cheese, probably yak cheese. And yeah, this dish is very hard to find. I guess it’s very seasonal but also not a lotta places serve it so we walked around for a
while until we finally found this little small spot. Doma asked a lotta people
where we could get it and this place is known for this dish. Pretty much churu, fungus cheese. It’s almost like a porridge. (speaking in foreign language) Okay, so it has arrived now. There’s a combination
of the fungus yak cheese inside of this, yeah,
it is like a porridge. Plus there’s chilies, there’s, looks like some wood ear fungus. And also barley within this and even a few strands of vermicelli within this porridge. And a couple floating chilies as well. And then also it’s to be
eaten along with momo, which is this bread, which
is this steamed bread and then I also saw some other people add some of that chili. But I will taste it first
before adding the chili. That’s kinda milky tasting, yeah, a little bit cheesy, a
little bit animal cheesy. But very smooth. Kinda yak-y but good, yeah, that’s good. It will be good with chili. Add a little chili to that. Mix that around. Oh, nice. And then also I’m gonna
grab one of those pieces of bread as well. And I think you can kinda
just break off a piece of the bread and dip it in. The bread works perfectly because it soaks it up. It absorbs that melted
cheesy barley liquid. And that’s really good
with the dried chili sauce. And they serve it to you,
this really small spoon. I think that’s so you
don’t eat it too fast ’cause it’s hot, it’s rich. You wanna take little spoonfuls of it. Listen around, you hear people slurping. It’s very acceptable
to slurp this porridge. (Mike slurping) (spoon tapping) That was tasty. I enjoyed it. But that’s rich, that’s
hearty, that is for sure. (upbeat music) Oh, now we have entered in
Barkhor Street and Circle but this is also where
the Jokhang Temple is which is one of the most sacred
temples in Tibetan Buddhism. It was also built around the 7th century so the same time as part
of the Potala Palace. And the ritual here is that many Tibetans, they will do circles
around the entire temple and Doma was telling me people will often do three rotations. Sometimes in the morning and
then in the evening as well and if you just look around, it’s, I mean, it’s so cool. There are shops around but then we are gonna get
to the front of the temple where we’ll get a view of, there’s a square where
there’s a public area. (crowd chattering) We’re walking our way around. And by the way, Tibetan Buddhists, they walk clockwise
whereas the Bon religion which is the native
religion practice of Tibet, they walk counterclockwise. But we’re just approaching the
front of the Jokhang Temple. (upbeat music) And around Tibet, but especially in Lhasa, especially around the
temple and Potala Palace but even like en route to Lhasa, you’ll see people prostrating. Which is where they go down on all fours and then all the way out onto the ground and then stand up and it’s a practice of reverence, it’s a practice of
cleansing, of forgiveness. The ultimate, like, humbling experience. But, then others do a prostration from the countryside or from their village all the way into Lhasa and some people even do
100,000 prostrations, wow. (upbeat music) For dinner tonight, to wrap
up this Tibetan food tour, we’re going to a Tibetan restaurant and you, from the walking
road you come inside, you come up, you come up the stairs and I think they have an
assortment of Tibetan food here. (speaking in foreign language) Okay, we’re stepping here. I love these Tibetan
booths and these sofas. They’re so comfortable, they’re so chill. Stepping in here for dinner,
for our final Tibetan meal of the day on this Tibetan food tour. A lot of street food
this afternoon in Lhasa. And we’re starting with some tea. This is black tea. Oh yeah, that’s very salty. Salted black tea. (speaking in foreign language) Okay, she’s the owner here. She’s so friendly, she’s so cool. She invited us in the kitchen to watch her making some of the dishes. We ordered a few Tibetan dishes, one of them she said is her specialty is yak meatballs with tomato which she said she makes herself. So, she’s getting ready to cook. Oh, she’s choppin’ up the vegetables now and just brought in some chilies. (pan sizzling) I believe it’s the pickled
radish with yak, I think. And they fired up the wok. Whoa, right outta the wok. The pickled radish in there, the beet. Oh, it smells so good. (pan sizzling) And next dish that she
made is the yak meatballs with tomatoes, I think
that was a bunch of ketchup or tomato sauce that she added it but it looks really, really good. You can smell the tanginess of it. That looks really good. She is a master on the wok. (pan sizzling) (speaking in foreign language) That’s pretty much everything we ordered. There might be one more rice dish, fried rice, coming for Micah. But fresh, right outta the wok. I have to start with those potatoes, curried potatoes, they smell so good and her wok skills, that, like, jet flame wok. The potatoes, she fried them in the oil. She added in the chili
oil and curry powder and then just, like, flame sizzled them. That was a beautiful thing. The aroma of the curry powder. It smells so good. Okay, the curry powder, I think it was Indian curry powder. It’s very Indian tasting actually. Tibet does have influence
from India as well. A lot of influence from India. The potatoes have a crispy edge. The curry powder, the chili oil in there, that is a beautiful touch. That’s really good. Okay, and then over here. This one is pickled
radish stir fried with yak and the whole sauce is pink because of the pickled radish. And the pinkness of them. Oh wow, this one is incredible. The pickled radish, it has a sour, a sour-ish taste to it. I love that crunch. With the thin strips of yak meat. There’s some dried chilies in there. There’s some green onions, I believe. That’s just like salty, a little bit of Sichuan
pepper in there too. Okay, I’m gonna grab either some noodles or some rice next. Just because I don’t
wanna eat too much rice otherwise I’d normally
eat with regular rice but Micah got the fried rice so I’ll just have some fried rice to eat with the yak meatballs next. She really stir fried this one up with tomatoes and I think
she, like, dumped in a bunch of, like, ketchup-y looking tangy sauce. But it smells really good and these are, she said she makes these homemade yak meatballs. Get it onto the rice there. It’s like a sweet and sour sauce but those are really good meatballs, yeah. Actually tastes quite lean. Firm and lean. And yak is actually very, like, it’s very high in protein. It’s just, like, very meaty. Sauce is a little bit sweet. I’ll go for a few more of
these potatoes into my bowl and then add some of that chili sauce. That is a chunky chili sauce. Even the whole, like, stem on there. That’s awesome. Okay, and I’ll go for some
more of those potatoes. I think it’s between the potatoes, but actually I think my favorite dish was that stir fried radish with yak meat. That one’s the highlight of the meal. It’s a really chunky chili sauce. There’s even leaves in there, maybe bay leaves or. I’m not sure. Mmhm, I love that balance
of sourness and meatiness. (upbeat music) That was a very filling dinner but I think most Tibetan
food is very filling, very hearty, carbs and yak meat and it’s slightly oily but
today has been an amazing day. Big thank you to Bruce
and Q and the whole team from Travel China Tibet for inviting me to Tibet. And they’re, yeah, they’re so cool, they’re so accommodating and I’ll have their link in the description box below and they offer tours in Tibet at well so thanks again for watching. Goodbye from Lhasa. An incredible city and I will
see you on the next video.


  1. As Sadhguru said Tibet is the only country in the world where every individual is dedicated for the well being of whole humanity. Very truely said and that thing when come out from Sadh guru ´s mouth is something sacred. You see every individual on the road there hand , mouth head and every moment says every living sentient being is my mother and may good things come to them and may they do not suffer . So I feel somwhere in Tibet they pray for me and you.

  2. 5 millions and still counting. Wow, another well deserved accomplishment! Congratulations to all of us esp. to mark!

  3. Congrats on the 5 Million Mile Stone! Great food review like usual. Keep living, experiencing and, inspiring Mark!

  4. I’m Chinese but I’ve never been to Tibet before. Thank you for showing such amazing views and cultures. I will surely go to Tibet in the future.

  5. wow!! thank you very much today i saw all details Lhasa. actually Lhasa is my mother land but i never been there until now..

  6. Great video Mark. Thank you for sharing your trip to Tibet. I loved watching this video as much you experience eating.

  7. Thank you Mark. I am an exiled Tibetan. I have never been to Tibet. It was a great feeling watching my people and place through your camera. And cheers to the Laphing dish!

  8. Many Blessings to u buddy n ur family🙏 … ur such a amazing man … Mark. Wish to meet u one day In'Shaa'Allah. Here iam [email protected] from Daresalaam Tanzania East Africa wlcm again…hugs n kisses to ur luvly wife n kid…❤cheers🙌😊

  9. i just recently started watching your channel, about 2 months now & i gotta say you're the man!! you have the most genuine reactions to the taste of food on your travels, i can even tell when you don't like the food or it isn't the beat food you've tried! 😂😂 keep enjoying life brother and showing that awesome food from around the world!.Stay safe! ✌🏽✌🏽

  10. Hi Mark thanks visiting my country, though I live in India and my parents are from Tibet and they become refugee after China invasion over Tibet. One thing I must thank you so much for naming Tibet as a Tibet, and the back ground music is totally pure Tibetan traditional instruments. Though I never been to Tibet, what ever I knew I know from my parents and people coming from there. And today watching your vlog I really come to know How beautiful my country is and the people there and the food you were describing it’s make my mouth watery.

  11. Great stuff as always Mark… What can I say, but just keep on entertaining your Loyal subscriber….. 🙂

  12. Beautiful video Mark. u makes me remind of my homeland which I left 20years ago coz of Chinese invasion. Thanks!

  13. I get hungry every time i watch your videos even if i just finished lunch. Great job man 🙂 You really open up ones appetite 🙂

  14. Hey Mark, tashi delek
    And thank u so much for making this vedio ,please let people of world know that tibet is not only a beautiful and happy place. But also these tibetan need support to fight against Chinese government.

  15. Very interesting and thank you so we done have to do it. You take us with you and save us the hazzel. Mark, on food, I know that is your focus and the focus of most people. But that is all wrong and over eating and wrong eating is a major cause of illness. Food is to nourish us and not for taste or entertainment or a hobby or out of boredom. That is what food has become – obesity and diabetes and cancer are the result. Please mentions this and how important water hydration is. You take breaks from eating like this but most are gluttons and overeat daily. Food can be nutritious or a poison, It can be a medicine or a poison. These kinds of overeating and constant eating is harmful,

  16. Ty ty mark this is your amazing tour in Tibet street food 🥘 I wish I can fly there becoz I love 💕 Tibet

  17. Whole world is stolen..invaded…first spiritually ,collectively in karma ,by dark forces
    Illegal migrations
    Believing that our nation each nation is pure..innocent ,perfect and only others are bad
    Allowing banks in each country pimp our lives,wallet,income,
    Politicians promising nothing..asking to be elected and then bowing collectively to banksters.
    People clanning up in unnational private,idiotic aspirations….selling their souls…to all material…
    Conquering by immigrating in court tries where natives are not. Being asked if they want illegal foreigners to change their life style and have ownership of properties of another native people…
    Dark forces….invading all personally collectively …
    Chinese ..English..Etc all like every other people….

  18. I can imagine how many expensive restaurants be knocking on your door. However you're the kind of guy who can go into someone's home and have a home cooked meal that tells a story about the people and the land, simply because of your presence alone. So freaking awesome. This channel is the joint man!!!!!

  19. It's so sad to see that 90% of the people in the background are Han Chinese, locals are rarely to be seen. Mark please try authentic Tibetan food, most of these are not authentic.

  20. Lhasa means abode of gods.

    Potala palace – first built in 7th century during the great King Songtsen Gampo’s Reign. Later expanded by his holiness the great fifth Dalai Lama.

  21. Free Tibet.
    How can you support the Chinese Government on your channel?!But, of course, Winnie the Pooh will be very happy!

  22. The noodles and yak dumplings I can tell was absolutely awful, I've had those there. Mark really can eat a bag of turds and still go "Oh WOW"

  23. Im a Tibetan-American and last year my family wanted to visit Lhasa. The day before we were due to fly with the tour company. The Chinese consulate called us in for an interview. Later on we learned that they denied our Tibet permit. It was devastating for us. We spent thousands to fly to Nepal and we had to stay there 5 days before flying out. 🙁

  24. Mark why don't you vist northeast india you will find amazing food and culture n beautiful places that nature has to offer vist meghalaya northeast india i promise you will really fall in love with North East india

  25. Mark is someone who would drink a cup of cough syrup and say "Mmhhmmm, you can really smell the fresh ingredients there."

  26. So what'd you learn?
    McDonald's in AMERICA is 100× Better than the fanciest restaurant in Tibet. 🤣😂🤦🏽‍♂️

  27. Congrats Mark!
    You reached 5 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS!!!!! 😁😁😁
    You are a part of my life since when I was 7 and im 10 now!
    Again Congratulations Mark!
    and also im from Pampanga in the Philippines. I always watch your videos especially when you visited the Philippines!

  28. Frustrating that i am in Bangkok and would like to buy some of your migrationolgy t shirts but my emails / messages on your website have been ignored for the last 2 weeks.

  29. Try to go my City Cebu Philippines 🇵🇭 try the famous ketchon baboy , promise you gonna love it there, nice people an beautiful view 👌👌👌🏖🌹🙏🏼

  30. Congratulations sir for 5M subscribers 🎊 🎊!!! 😍 from India (Mumbai)!!! My whole 👪 watch your shows on lunch, dinner time always!!! You rock mark 💃!!!

  31. I love Tibet, I love tibetan food, it always looks so good. I'm really happy with this video. Great to see the potala palace, i"ve never been there, but you show me…

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