Amazing Uzbek Food in Samarkand – GIANT 21 METER Kebab Grill + Ancient Uzbekistan!

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Uzbekistan Day 4: Full historical sights and food tour of Samarkand, Uzbekistan!

Samarkand is a monumental city of history and food that played a major role along the Silk Road, in between China and the Mediterranean. It’s a city of fascinating history, giant plates of plov, and incredible kebabs.

Gur-e Amir Сomplex – To begin this full tour of Samarkand, we started in the morning at Gur-e Amir Сomplex, the tomb and mausoleum of Amir Timur, the founding father of Samarkand, responsible for building much of the ancient remains of the city. The tomb complex from the outside is impressive, but the inside will blow you away.

Registan – There’s no square more monumental and grand in scale than Registan, the center of the ancient city. You’ll find madrasas and mosques, all of which are intricately decorated and magnificent.

Siab Bazaar – A short walk from Registan is Siab Bazaar, right outside Bibi-Khanym Mosque. At the market we stopped to have tea with one of Bekruz’s friends and tasted some nuts and dried fruit. The apricot seeds were new for me, and the dried apricots were spectacular.

Osh Markazi – There’s no better place to eat plov, the national dish of Uzbekistan, when you’re in Samarkand than Osh Markazi. Samarkand plov is notable for the rice being cooked in flax-seed oil with yellow carrots and beef. It was one of the best meals and dishes I had in my entire trip to Uzbekistan.
Total price – 140,000 UZS ($17.17)

Ulugh Beg Observatory – At its time of being built by Ulugh Beg, it was one of the most advanced and important astronomy observatories in the world.

Domashnii Restaurant – We didn’t stay long at the observatory because right behind it you’ll find Domashnii Restaurant, a local restaurant that specializes in chickpeas and lamb. The dish is so comforting and both the lamb and chickpeas melt in your mouth.
Price – 74,00 UZS ($9.08)

Ikrom Shashlik – Next we went to eat Samarkand kebabs, again some of the best kebabs I had on my entire trip to Uzbekistan. The bull testicles and minced meat kebabs were great, but the highlight was the skewer of alternating thin lamb meat and fat. As I was leaving they told me their grill was 21 meters long and the grillmaster had been grilling there for over 20 years.
Price – 7,000 UZS ($0.86) per kebab

Shah-i-Zinda – At about 5 pm we arrived to Shah-i-Zinda, another masterful tomb complex that includes one of the top sights of Samarkand: the turquoise alley of tombs. The turquoise and blue mosaic will make your jaw-drop.

Home-cooked dinner – Finally to end this incredible food and sights tour of Samarkand we went to a family home restaurant where we enjoyed a simple local meal in a family home courtyard. It was the perfect ending to an incredible day in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

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