Unique Food in Baltistan – 14 TRADITIONAL DISHES in Skardu | Pakistani Food in Gilgit-Baltistan!

– Good morning, I hope you’re having an amazing day, it’s Mark Wiens, I’m in Pakistan, and today we’re flying from Islamabad to Skardu which is in Gilgit-Baltistan Today is going to begin our Himalayan adventure part of this Pakistan trip We’re gonna learn about the culture, we’re gonna see some just like shockingly beautiful scenery, and also enjoy some delicious local food We’re on our way, we should catch our flight pretty soon And even the flight is known to be incredible because we’re gonna fly through the mountains Okay our flight leaves pretty soon (upbeat music) It’s gonna be about a 45-minute flight, we’re on our way It’s amazing, we took off from Islamabad It’s just now 8:30 a.m., you could just see the landscape getting more and more rugged We’re now starting to see lots of snow capped peaks (gentle music) We just caught a glimpse of Nanga Parbat It’s spectacular ,but then all of a sudden it’s just completely clouds now No more visibility, but I think we’re starting to go down towards Skardu (upbeat music) Okay, we made it to Skardu Oh, it’s not too cold I think they said it’s 16 degrees, but welcome to Skardu We’re just in like an amphitheater of mountains here – The pilot was driving like rally driver in the end We had to maneuver it so many times to land This was one crazy flight, man – It’s gorgeous – All it was Skardu boys Himalayan Boys – Yesterday we were the Fishoary Boys – Now we are the Himalayan Boys (laughs) – The plan today is that we’re gonna go from here into Skardu town, we’re gonna walk around for a little bit, and then we’re gonna drive to Shigar where we’re gonna actually stay where the hotel is We’re gonna check in there, we’re gonna have lunch, and then after that we’ll be having more of a local meal in the afternoon, evening (squealingt) Oh, you have a TV (laughs) Oh nice! Cool (upbeat music) Really cool Ali, next, we need to try this – [Man] Okay, okay – Nice to meet you We have been led out of the vehicle right in front of a man who’s making chapli kebabs, which are the minced patty shaped kebabs And I think the aroma is just too strong I cannot resist We gotta try to get a hold of one of these patties You want one Joel? – Yes – [Mark] You want one also? Ali, you want a chapli? (laughs) – [Ali] You found chapli here? – You found chapli – You found a chapli here, eh – [Mark] We smelled them, we had to – [Joel] These are almost like porforas, man (moaning) That’s not like a fatty version It’s like tastes very healthy almost Almost like the texture of potato or like, I think there must be lots of vegetables in there Or lots of onions, definitely lots and lots of onions The coriander seed It’s like a hash brown Oh, you got the bread, nice – It’s so warm and so crispy – Back in this little hut here is where they’re making the tandoori roti Okay, let’s go try some tandoori roti with the chapli though Oh, chicken pita Okay, now to try with the chutney – That is so unbelievably good To me, they’re almost like a cross between a chapli and a kapora because it tastes like a heavy vegetable content, heavy onion content (upbeat music) What is this one? – [Vendor] This was vegetable – [Mark] Saag? – [Vendor] Saag (chuckles) This was meant to just be a quick snack because we wanted to try the, oh it’s ready Meant to be a quick snack of the kebabs, but this place is so cool and it’s so good that he also has some curries We’ve got some saag and some mutton curry, which he mixed actually, and then just heated over the stove This was irresistible (upbeat music) (moaning) Oh that meat is so tender, then wrapped up in its own curry juices, but then also he added the saag, so it has just like silky, veggie taste to it And hearty and warming and so tasty Wow (chuckles) How is it Ali? – It’s really good I was surprised – I think we just ordered one more loti eight times One more, one more – Shukria We spent a little too long there, we got a little carried away But that was just so worth it We gotta move on and we are going, heading towards hotel now (upbeat music) Landscapes, yeah What’s amazing here is that it’s dry, and so its a desert, and there’s sand dunes But then you’ve got these moonscapes and just the rugged mountains It is, it’s spectacular

(upbeat music) We’re in the desert, just sand with the mountains surrounding (laughs) This is a moonscape A gorgeous moonscape (upbeat music) We are now moving on, proceeding on to Shigar Fort (sighs) And it’s like getting colder by the second (upbeat music) That was a stunning ride, but this is a fort that was built in the 17th century Now it’s been converted and restored into a hotel (speaking in foreign language) Hello, nice to meet you – My name is Kareem, I am the manager for the Fort, sir – Oh great – Welcome to Shigar – [Mark] Thank you very much – The fresh apricot juice was the service – [Mark] Oh nice Traditional apricot juice? – Yeah – (sighs) Oh that’s wonderful Almost like vanilla, carmely flavor to it (upbeat music) Very cool, now down to a courtyard here, views of the mountains Come back here This is the main bedroom – This is the room, ah – It’s so cozy – This is our little room Hector – Thank you babe – It’s so cozy and warm – Oh wow – Shukria – This doorway is so cool, but this is, I’ll give you a quick tour This is the front entrance room There’s a bed in here, this is the main door here, bathroom is over on this side Step under this little wooden door Oh cool, a very modern bathroom What is this little thing? Micah passed out on the road He missed out on all of the beautiful views (upbeat music) This is a Queen Apple tree, which I’ve never heard of or seen before There’s some fruits on top Oh thank you Great! (laughs) Thank you very much (speaking in foreign language) – Yes – Thank you very much I don’t think I’ve ever had a queen apple before Oh (chuckles) Oh that is chalky Wow, and sour, kinda salty Whew! Yeah, I don’t think Micah will I don’t know about this, it’s really chalky buddy (laughs) Micah, how is it? – It smells like an apple (laughs) That’s intense, wow! (laughs) (speaking in foreign language) – [Mark] Try a Queen Apple It’s good, but really chalky and like, almost too hard to bite (laughs) Okay, and after that apple experience, they said lunch, they just called us over for lunch Lunch is ready We’re underneath the grapevines, next to the river This is spectacular (speaking in foreign language) This is a mutton broth And then there’s supposed to be pieces of chapati, which have been like sliced up in here Oh and pieces of mutton So that might be, like it almost looks like noodles Mm Oh that’s really nice Yeah they’re not noodles because they taste like saturated bread strands like chapati Okay next I’m gonna eat this dumpling which is called mumto here, I think Mumto, it looks very similar to like a momo, which is found across this region as well I think that’s a winner (moaning) Kind of like doughy This one is stuffed with minced chicken, I believe (moaning) It’s like a crispy and stuffed with minced chicken, there’s some spices in there, a little bit of chili The main dishes have all arrived and we have some very unique dishes, some things I’ve never tried before And they really make use of apricots here And so we’ve got a mutton dish, which is liked a stewed mutton with local yogurt, fresh yogurt as well as, you can really smell the aroma of apricots And you said they’re, they make this dish with local apricot oil So from the seeds, or the nuts of the apricot

Yeah, you can even smell that fruity apricot aroma and just that thick sauce, and look at that oil (moaning) There’s not even a denial that it’s apricot You just immediately get this apricot, creamy sensation and then just like curdled yogurt And then we’ve got another dish, it looks like kind of layers of dough with vegetable just wrapped up in it And they also said this is made with walnuts as well (moaning) That taste like the noodles that were in the soup You taste the cumin in there and then the local spinach Okay, this one is the chicken and nut based sauce, probably some walnuts in there I’m not sure what else And possibly, I don’t know actually, let’s taste it (upbeat music) (moaning) Again, that sauce is really rich And I almost taste, kind of a sweet spice in there Anise, maybe anise in there too They kind of look similar, the mutton and the chicken Totally different taste though The mutton has that fruity apricot flavor The chicken has that very nutty, anise, walnut taste to it We got a dessert, a little mixed fruit platter And it’s a dry apricot, it looks like, almost like a dried pudding, a dry apricot (upbeat music) (moaning) Apricot pudding with nuts chopped up in it – [Woman] Micah wait – I think that is like a almond whipped cream (upbeat music) My first time to ever taste apricot oil I think I’ve never tasted a dish made with apricot oil Absolutely stunning That might be the next big thing, apricot oil We are off to just walk around the Fort, and we’re gonna get a guided tour of the Fort and the whole compound – And cutways for dark palaces So this rock is approximately 50 feet throughout the foundation – The original Fort was built in 1634 and one of the icons of the Fort it was built on this big rock here So you can see it, the foundation is this rock And then it goes up from here Here’s one of the main entrances Walls of the fort are built from mud, wood and stone – This is the religious patrons of Buddhism – Oo, ah – Just like Chinese snakes If an enemy wild, so it is very hard – It is all original from 400 years ago And this is one of the coolest pots ever This is carved from a single stone, that’s a pot to keep water in The fort was built by Hassan Khan ad Amacha Their family had originally come from Tibet many, many years ago, many generations ago But he was the King of Shigar and he’s the one who built, who constructed the fort (upbeat music) For dinner tonight, we have a special opportunity Ali arranged for us to be with a local family and have a local dinner It’s cozy in here It smells amazing, it smells amazing – Wonderful – Hello, hello – Hello, how are you? – Hello, hello Good thank you Apricot pickle (women laughing) They’ve already shown us the, there’s an apricot pickle which is down there, and then there’s gonna be some macaroni, there’s some frying peppers, the aromas coming out of this kitchen are incredible Remove our shoes? Oh they have some sandals (speaks in foreign language) – Local magi – Local magi – Okay, it’s name is Bali – Bali? – [Woman] Yes – [Mark] Oh hold on, come on – [Woman] It’s name is krapul – [Mark] Krapul – [Woman] We mix the– – ‘Cause this outer kitchen is incredible! They have this whole oven structure to hold the fire, but they have a couple of blazing fires Another one of the main dishes that we’re going to eat That’s actually, it’s gonna be cooked with that apricot walnut sauce pickle (speaks in foreign language) It looks kind of like a pasta, but like in huge chunks And then she put in that walnut piece, that pickle, and then stirred that around And then they’ve heated up some apricot oil, and then she poured it out on top of that, and then stirred that around (upbeat music) They were not joking about 14 dishes Whoa! This one looks incredible too! Gotta start with the Bali which is the soup (moaning) And you’ve got like this dough, kinda doughy noodles in there

– It’s got flour in it, and the main ingredients are walnut – [Mark] Walnuts – We have grind the walnut – It’s the walnut pickle in there – Yes, yes – This is the one that we saw here prepare, and then it is covered in this walnut paste pickle (moaning) Oh that’s incredible No that was a big bite, yeah So like thick and hearty The noodles, they’re not really noodles, they’re like boiled dough kind of That walnut sauce, whoa! – [Man] Try to make it like a spoon – Oh nice – [Man] Like that thing you have in that freestand oil? – [Man] Yes, as much as you want, you know, and then eat it – Buckwheat right? And then in the middle is a bowl of apricot oil (moaning) Nutty oil with like a thick like starchy dough It’s kind of oily There’s apricot oil and then natural sugars Whoa, yeah! It’s sweet, it’s almost like a sweet pancake, but like gooey – Yeah – Meat on it’s own? – Yeah, and then– (speaks in foreign language) – Is it boiled? It’s just boiled, but it’s fresh goat that they’ve butchered here themselves, and you just slice up a chunk for yourself, a little drumstick section Oh yeah, look at that Would you like a slice? (upbeat music) So good So natural! Soft, that’s just award winning Oh next dish – Wheat – Like a buckwheat type of pancake with that same chutney (moaning) That chutney is amazing Those nuts (speaks in foreign language) Onto the curry course, we’ve got a mutton curry, and then also the chicken korma all to be eaten with rice Oh, I think I lost a chunk out of my mouth Not a lot of dry spices in there It’s more of a stew taste All right, try the chicken korma Oh that’s wonderful as well You really taste the sourness of that yogurt All of these dishes are home cooked They’ve been making some of them all day long This is incredibly special This is an unbelievable meal This is a true representation of Baltistan The culture, the food, the hospitality This is absolutely incredible And believe it or not, macaroni also happens to be a very popular thing to eat in this region in Baltistan This is the soup that the fresh goat was boiled in (moaning) (speaking in foreign language) Shukria Yeah they do (upbeat music) You can really taste the cinnamon This one is a little bit sweet, but then green tea It’s so fragrant, but you really taste the cinnamon in this One more consumable is the salty tea, like a butter tea, And yeah, this entire region consumes butter tea especially when it’s cold (moaning) Yeah That’s nicely salted You can taste the butter in there I like it It just brings back great memories of being in the mountains in this region of the world Added in some powdered wheat and apricot oil and gave it a stir That apricot oil and again it has that, a bit of an almondy taste to it That apricot oil just makes it Shukria, thank you very much Shukria Okay, now it’s pretty cold outside But we just made it back That was a spectacular dinner and to be able to sit down with the family Everything was prepared special for us, we were the honored guests They just showed us so much hospitality, the food was incredible, the local flavors, the local Balti food, that was an incredible experience to learn about Baltistan The food, the culture, the people I want to say a huge thank you to the family for inviting us to their home Huge thank you to Ali from Landmark Communications and Landmark Travels, for setting everything up, for arranging our entire trip to Pakistan Thank you Ali Thank you very much for watching this video Please remember to give it a thumbs up, if you enjoyed it, leave a comment below I’d love to hear from you And if you’re not already subscribed, click Subscribe now, and also click that little bell icon so that you can get notified of the next video that I publish Thanks again for watching Good night from Shigar Fort See you on the next video