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Ashlan-fu, probably the most famous Dungan dish in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan. This is a cold soup made from wheat noodles, potato starch strips, various toppings like chopped egg, meat, cucumber, all topped with a special vinegar sauce.

The  noodle soup dish is one of the most popular dishes in Kyrgyzstan, it’s extremely spicy and best served cold.

This dish was brought to Kyrgyzstan by the Dungans, exiled Chinese Muslims who fled over the Tien Shan Mountains after a failed rebellion in 1877. Even as Dungan language and culture has been diluted in their new home, their food has remained a constant, all while becoming a fixture of Kyrgyzstan’s culinary scene.

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