Due to the ongoing repression inside occupied Tibet some within the exiled Tibetan community will for a few days following February 8 have a muted celebration of this year’s ‘Losar’ (Tibetan New Year). Hard to be merry with ongoing oppression, nomads forced into concentration settlements, show-trials illegally sentencing Tibetans, while China’s paramilitary forces placing regions, towns and monasteries under siege. So in exile instead of the usual celebration, music, dancing and delicious feasts that celebrate this festival, many will spend the time in a more sombre mood, reflecting upon the plight of their brothers and sisters in that blighted land.
We are asked by a number of people who wonder if there’s any appropriate gesture of solidarity that could be taken, which would respect this action, yet equally express support for Tibet. Since 2013 we suggested a personal and fun way to celebrate, in a quiet fashion, Tibetan culture during these dark days, which can be enjoyed individually, with family or friends.
We invite you to learn how to prepare a simple recipe for Tibetan soup. The ingredients for this are easily obtained and the method is not so difficult, and the result is a hearty and warming dish. The soup we have chosen is called in Tibetan Thenthuk, we have done so because its less involved than the usual dish made the day before Losar, known as Guthuk We hope you will enjoy preparing and sharing this meal, and in so doing spare a thought for Tibet’s true cause for national freedom.
Thenthuk (Flat Noodle Soup)
First make the Noodles
A handful of white flour (you can use any kind of flour)
100ml water (room temperature)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp oil
In a bowl mix these ingredients well and then knead on a floured surface for 4 minutes.Cover the dough and leave to stand for 5 minutes (you can use any kind of cover) but don’t leave it for longer than 5 minutes or it will get too sticky. Next, flatten the dough into a thin sheet and cut into long strips.
Now The Soup
Heat a large, deep pan and fry the following for 30 seconds, or until the garlic begins to brown:
3 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp garlic
1 tbsp ginger
Now Add The Following:
1 large tomato, roughly chopped
1 small onion, chopped in half
1 carrot, chopped thinly
1 green pepper, chopped
1 handful of cabbage, sliced (spinach or other greens are just as good)
Fry for 1 minute until the tomato is mashed then add 1200ml boiling water.
Now Add The Noodles
Before putting the pasta strips in the soup, drape them over your arm and tear strips off, about an inch in size. Cook for 2 minutes until the water is boiling again.
Finally add 1 tbsp soy sauce.
Before serving make a plain omlette (2 eggs for 6 people, 1/4tsp salt and 1/4tsp black pepper). Allow this to cool and then chop into strips before adding on top of each dish.
No bowl of Tibetan soup is complete without a serving of chilli,sauce or powder. Enjoy