The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine are chillis! In Bhutan, they are considered a vegetable and not a spice. Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy.
Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. Pork, beef and chicken are commonly eaten. Vegetables include spinach, pumpkins, turnips, radishes, tomatoes, river weed, onions and green beans. Grains such as rice, buckwheat and barley are also cultivated in various regions of the country.
Ema Datshi a dish of chilies and cheese is the national dish! Momos/dumplings are another favourite. Bhutanese also love to dry meat (jerky) and consider this a delicacy.