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Gastro-symbols of Chorsu Bazaar

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Beauty on the shelves, abundance of goods, wide rows, friendly sellers – this bazaar can be attributed to the sights of Tashkent. Just a couple of minutes from the bazaar, you can walk to the ancient Kukeldash madrasah and the Friday mosque of Khoja Akhrar Vali.
Chorsu bazaarChorsu Bazaar In the heart of the Old Town or "Eski Shahar" is one of the main attractions of Tashkent - the huge Chorsu Bazaar, known since the Middle Ages. Once in this bazaar, you find yourself in an oriental fairy tale. Here is the whole history of Uzbekistan: ceramic products, skullcaps, national robes, oriental sweets, spices, fruits, vegetables, clay products, handmade souvenirs, books, gifts, shawls made of national fabrics and much more. You can list a variety of products endlessly.

The emergence of the largest bazaar in Uzbekistan is attributed, approximately, to the X century. It was formed at the intersection of four shopping streets, which at one time were an important center on the route of the Great Silk Road. Trade was conducted all year round and a variety of cultures intertwined here. On the trade roads, one could meet overseas merchants, caravan overpasses, shopkeepers, artisans, rich peasants and ordinary workers. For 1000 years of its existence, Chorsu Bazaar, this mini-shopping city, has not changed in its color.
Chorsu bazaar insideChorsu bazaar Insidemarket consists of several pavilions under blue domes: a grocery pavilion, several clothing rows, a bazaar of carpets, blankets and mattresses, jewelry and handicraft rows.

Of particular interest is the food pavilion, which is located under a large blue dome, shaped like a circus. The products in it are divided by type. For example, dairy products separately, spices and dried fruits separately. The choice of dairy products is interesting, among which it is definitely worth trying katyk (sour milk), kurt (dry fermented milk product), suzma (fermented milk product).

 The assortment of dried fruits and oriental sweets makes your eyes run away. The counters are strewn with kishmish, dried apricots, various nuts, salted apricot pits, peanuts in sugar and sesame. Among oriental sweets are navat, parvarda, pashmak, halva, kozinaki.Chorsu shopping arcadeIt is unthinkable to pass by rows with colorful dunes of spices. Uzbek dishes are a song of the East, but it is impossible to cook them without a traditional set of spices: cinnamon, saffron, black and red pepper, nutmeg, cloves, cumin, coriander, cumin, turmeric, dried vegetables.

Not far from the food pavilion there is a number of catering establishments where you can taste national Uzbek dishes. Approaching the counters, already from afar you can feel the indescribable aromas of pilaf, kebab, samsa. Even if you are full, you will not be able to resist Uzbek delicacies. Here you will see cold naryn noodles, kazy sausage, meat pies, gumma, homemade sausage khasyp, fried fish, hanem, manti, peas with lamb, lamb ribs. You can try the delights right in the cafe, or you can take them with you, always with fresh Uzbek flatbread. But in any case, the rows of catering on Chorsu are a real flavor of Uzbek gastronomy, an adventure for real gourmets!

Chorsu Bazaar – this is where Uzbek culture begins, a piece of history through the millennium.

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