Afterword

ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

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.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Shimtsi

Shimtsi
These tiny seeds that you see in the photo are perilla seeds, a very rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. They are sold in the vegetable bazaar for about Nu 50 a packet. Just ask for shimtsi (Dzongkha) or silam (Nepali).

The plant's leaves and seeds are used extensively in Korean and Japanese cuisine. Locally these seeds are used for pickling.