Food is an experience that is shared throughout the world. Everyone has a favorite dish that brings back fond memories or reminders of home. Food is not just something to provide sustenance; it is a story to tell. At Kusan, we strive to preserve and share the authentic flavors and traditions of Uyghur and Central Asian cuisine. We love food as much as you do, and in this article, we will help you learn a little more about Uyghur culture and cuisine.
The Uyghur people are a Turkish ethnic group originating from the Xinjiang region in Central Asia. The Uyghurs have traditionally inhabited areas across the Taklamakan Desert within the Tarim Basin with snow-capped mountains, winding rivers, and blue-green lakes.
Kusan Uyghur Cuisine is named after the Kusan Empire, an ancient kingdom that once resided along the Silk Road from the northern edge of the Taklamakan Desert to the southern region of the Muzat River. There are about 15 million Uyghurs currently living in Uyghur Autonomous Region, At Kusan, we strive to help preserve, celebrate, and share Uyghur culture through food.
Food is an integral part of Uyghur culture. The Uyghur people have been living in Xinjiang for centuries and have created a variety of cooking methods that have created a rich food culture. The unique character of Uyghur cuisine is a result of local products, traditional cooking methods, and recipes that have been passed through generations. Uyghur cuisine reflects the influence of neighboring cultures such as Greek, Persian, and Arabic cultures, yet Uyghur food culture is uniquely its own. Traditional Uyghur cuisine includes dishes like hand-pulled noodles, big plate chicken, and stuffed samsa cooked in clay ovens. Uyghur people have a deep understanding of natural medicine, and take great pride in creating dishes that are not only delicious but also highly nutritious. For Uyghur people, food is not just about sustenance. Food is an experience meant to be shared with loved ones.
Uyghur cuisine includes a variety of delicious dishes made with rich ingredients from across Central Asia. Here are a few traditional Uyghur specialities:
These specialities are just the beginning. There are countless other Uyghur dishes including lamb wraps, salads, soups, teas and desserts. Once you taste Uyghur cuisine, you’ll want to try everything!
At Kusan, our mission is to share the best of Uyghur food culture with you. On our menu, you’ll find all of the specialities listed and many more delicious homemade dishes. Our menu is designed to bring the best of Uyghur and Central Asian Halal food culture to the community in Silicon Valley. We prepare each dish with fresh ingredients, authentic recipes, and pride for our culture.
Here in San Jose, California, Kusan is the bridge between Uyghur culture and America. This mission is woven throughout everything we do. In our branding, the figure represents a traveler on the Silk Road. The basket represents ingredients, and the colors represent silk. Together these elements come together to represent our identity and passion for sharing unique Uyghur cuisine with you.
We invite you to Kusan, to enjoy a taste of our culture, live in the moment with your loved ones, and experience the culinary tradition of Central Asia. Join us for a laid-back lunch or an evening out. We can't wait to serve you something fresh and delicious.