Uzbek Cuisine @ The Silk Road Bistro (Baltimore)

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Uzbekistan. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. Herman Cain, the one-time, front-running Republican candidate for President in 2011, had absolutely no clue about who that country’s president was, and infamously stuttered, “Uzbecki, becki, beckistan” to buy some time. For the record, Uzbekistan, or more formally the Republic of Uzbekistan, lies smack dab in the middle of Central Asia, bordered by five countries: Kazakstan to the north; Tajikistan to the southeast; Kyrgyzstan to the northeast; Afghanistan to the south; and Turkmenistan to the southwest. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, the country belonged to the Turkic Khaganate before that. Their official language is Uzbek, not Turkish, and Mr. Cain, if you’re interested, the current President is Islam Karimov. 

But my own interest in Uzbekistan has nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with their food, which I first had the pleasure of tasting last year at a local restaurant called Silk Road. While most…

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About Ahmed Islamov

I was born and raised in Uzbekistan and lived in that country for about two thirds of my life. I left the country about 14 years ago but sustained tight bonds with my family and friends living there. I know and communicate personally with hundreds of people including blue-, white- or pink-collar workers. I am naturally very attached to and concerned with everything that is going on there.
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