Uzbek food resembles that of the Middle East or the Mediterranean in its use of rice, savoury seasonings, vegetables and legumes, yogurt and grilled meats. In Uzbekistan meals often consist of pilafs, kebabs, noodles and pasta, stews, elaborate breads and pastries. Subtle seasonings and fancy… sweets distinguish the cuisine of southern Uzbekistan.
Tea is ubiquitous, usually served without milk. Cities of today's Uzbekistan, including Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Tashkent and Shakhrisabz live in the imagination of the West as symbols of oriental beauty and mystery. Bukhara is one of the most ancient, holy cities of Uzbekistan. This city was mentioned in a holy book "Avesto". Bukhara city is supposed to be founded in the 13th c. B.C. during reign of Siyavushids who came to power 980 years before Alexander the Great. The name of Bukhara originates from the word "vihara" which means "monastery" in Sanskrit.Continued