Uzbek men like gathering together in a tea-house where they can either order pilaf from local cooks or make it themselves renting a place in the kitchen. Let’s visit a typical Uzbek tea-house and enjoy the process of cooking.
That’s what a regular tea-house can look. It happens that the building won’t have any signs proving one can enjoy food here.
The kitchen has a huge stove with 11 cooking pots. There are two ways to cook national dishes: they use either a cooking pot or a char-grill.
Gas is widely used.
Large cooking pots are situated far from the center of the stove. Regular pots are used to cook pilaf for 10-15 people whereas big ones can satisfy the needs of 40-50 guests.
Everyone could smell the delicious aroma of food coming from the kitchen.
Frying meat together with onions.
Other cooks working in the kitchen.
These cooks refused to wear a uniform.
Women are trusted to make salads but never pilaf.
The cook is going to stew potatoes and mutton until the meat becomes tender and soft.
The potatoes are waiting for mutton soup.