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In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Google ignores Bhutan's national dish

The ever-innovative geeks at Google have recently launched Recipe View, an advanced search service which helps find recipes on the web, with options to filter results by ingredients, caloric value and cook time. Pretty nifty - at least in theory. While the new service is able to find almost anything, from falafel to pavlova, it failed miserably when I searched for ema datsi. Too spicy?


  1. Ah, but if you search for "Bhutan", you get somewhere....

    Bhutanese Cheese Curry (Ema Daji)

    This dish is usually made very hot in Bhutan, however when I make it it's with ... The cheese used in Bhutan is Churpi, which is a cross between farmer's ...
    Ingredients: onion, tomatoes, garlic, feta, coriander

  2. Thanks, Mark. I'll look for feta cheese at the weekend market... ;-)

  3. Have you seen any pavlovas here?

  4. Ignore Ema Datsi, it's a strange dish which is why it's picked up popularity, otherwise this should be the last dish that should deserve to represent Bhutanese Dish!
    You should try:
    Kakuru Jagu- Pumkin soup (with pepper)
    Seekam Paa- Dried Pork
    Seeche Shamo- (yellow) mushroom
    there are lots of mouth-watering dishes in Bhutan. Ema Datsi is but a watering-mouth dish. I hate it!


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