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  Yak Butter Tea
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      Yak Butter Tea
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  • Yak Butter Tea - Tibet
      Yak Butter Tea
    by grets

Tea is considered a necessity of life for Tibetans, and Chinese brick tea was once so valuable that it was used as currency. Yak-butter is used instead of milk, and salt in place of sugar (sugar is hard to come by in Tibet, whereas there are many salt deposits found near lakes). The resulting drink resembles a thin soup more than tea. Often tsampa is added to make a staple meal.

The yak butter tea was described by the various people in our group as thus:
?Liquid gorgonzola?
?Not quite as awful as expected?
?Tasted as if you were kissing a yak?
?Sour milk?
?A hint of decay?
?There?s good bacteria, bad bacteria and this ? terrorist bacteria!?
?Rancid butter?

Price Comparison: about average
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 2
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 30, 2005
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