The culture of Amdo, one of the three traditional regions of Tibet and the birth place of the 14th Dalai Lama, is brought that much closer to Bangalore by the Amdo Corner Restaurant.

The culture of Amdo, one of the three traditional regions of Tibet and the birth place of the 14th Dalai Lama, is brought that much closer to Bangalore by the Amdo Corner Restaurant.

One of the most popular Tibetan dishes, thenthuk, a type of noodle soup, originates from the Amdo region. A simple yet nourishing dish, it is a combination of soup, ribbon noodles, bits of meat and assorted vegetables, along with spices that are meant to keep the body warm as well as please one’s tastebuds.

Amdo’s, opposite the BDA complex in Austin Town, incorporates this principle into more than just its thenthuk by churning out some of the most satisfying yet simple preparations one can fancy.

Jamiyang Takpa moved to India from the Amdo region in the early 2000s in search of better opportunities. He eventually ended up taking over the restaurant from compatriot and previous owner Amdo Tsering, who started the place in 2006.

The restaurant has a wide range of authentic Tibetan dishes that are sometimes tweaked to suit local needs; customers are offered a choice between chicken and beef for every item, and vegetarians too have plenty of options to choose from.

It serves 12 varieties of noodles and fried rice, eight varieties of gravies, vegetarian and non-vegetarian, traditional Tibetan steamed breads and a host of other traditional and contemporary dishes. Dishes are served swiftly with unlimited helpings of the special chilli sauce and spiced salad. The steamer here is probably the busiest instrument in the kitchen, as the demand for steamed momos ends only when the shutters are pulled down.

Amdo’s is run mainly to give the many Tibetan residents in the area a taste of home, but has a large number of other patrons who flock here. Dominic Daniel, a gym instructor and fitness freak, is one of them: he visits the place almost every day, as he feels it offers tasty food that also makes for an excellent diet plan at reasonable prices.

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