Eat Plov @ Central Asian Plov Center… And Enjoy Your Life
What could be a better meal option on a warm weekend day in Tashkent? Plov, sure thing!
If you happen to visit Tashkent, make sure you try Uzbek plov (aka pilaff). There are many speculations about which plov is more delicious (yes, spoiled Uzbek people dare to compare plovs from different regions of thri country) but I simply offer you a quick tour to Central Asian Plove Center which is located near Tashkent TV Tower, Yunusabad District.
The organization itself moved few times before settling down there. But traditions and quality never changed since then.
One will doubt whether that’s a center with the best plov for the whole Central Asian region. Maybe, I don’t say it 100% is :)
The thing is that I always hear from different people, Tashkent and non-Tashkent residents, foreigners, that this became a landmark of the Uzbek capital. The rumor has it that plov-lovers from neighboring Kazakhstan (Shymkent, Saryagach etc) drive all the way to this place to try this region-known plov.
According to one of the oshpazs (Uzbek, Plove Cook) of the center, they serve five to six thousand customers on workdays and almost 10,000 plov-lovers on weekend days. Impressive for Uzbekistan? Hell yeah!
It’s better to try Tashkent plov once than hear about [and see photos of] it. That’s why, “Oshga Marxamat!” (Uzbek for “Welcome to Plov!”)
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