Kusan Cuisine: Our Story

Kusan Cuisine
Jul 19, 2022

Authentic flavor. Delicious cuisine. We are the Kusan.

Welcome to Kusan Cuisine, a Uyghur restaurant in San Jose, California serving delicious Central Asian food. We are 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 in Central Asia. With each item on our menu, from laghman and stews to kebabs and polo, we strive to preserve and share the authentic flavors and traditions of Uyghur and Central Asian cuisine. 

Delight in big plate chicken. In this dish, chicken stew is prepared with bone-in chicken, potato, green pepper, garlic, red pepper, and house spices. 

Uyghur Food Culture

The Uyghurs are a Turkic-speaking, predominantly Sunni Muslim group of people who traditionally inhabited the Uyghur region of Central Asia. Food is an integral part of Uyghur 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 our food culture is uniquely our own. On our menu, you’ll find hand-pulled noodles, big plate chicken, stuffed samsa cooked in clay ovens, and many more homemade delicious 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. Learn more about Uyghur food culture.

Our Brand

Here in San Jose, California, Kusan is the bridge between Uyghur culture and America, and 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. 

The Kusan Cuisine logo represents our past history and current passion for sharing Uyghur food culture.

Our Menu: Traditional Uyghur Dishes

Uyghur cuisine includes a variety of delicious dishes influenced from cultures around the region. Our menu items are made from traditional recipes and fresh ingredients. Here are a few traditional Uyghur specialities served at Kusan Cuisine: 

  • Laughman: This classic dish features fresh hand-pulled noodles served with lamb, vegetables and a spicy sauce. 
  • Polo: This is one of the most popular Uyghur dishes. Fluffy, flavorful rice pilaf is served with shredded lamb and beef, carrots, green onion, cotton oil, and quail eggs. 
  • Big Plate Chicken: Rich chicken stew is prepared with bone-in chicken, potato, green pepper, garlic, red pepper, and house spices. 
  • Samsa: Fresh dough is stuffed with flour, beef, onions, black peppers, salt, and sesame.
  • Naan: Naan is an important daily staple for Uyghur people, and is one of the most famous street foods. Naan is a type of flatbread traditionally cooked in a clay oven with cumin and chili powder.
  • Kebabs: Lamb is a big part of Uyghur cuisine, and kebabs are a popular way to enjoy the flavorful meat. These kebabs are made by roasting chunks of lamb on a stick with cumin and chili powder.

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! View our menu

Our are made by roasting lamb with cumin and chili powder.

Delicious Options for Every Occasion

At Kusan, we want to share Uyghur food culture with you, and we offer a variety of ways to experience Uyghur cuisine. We offer fresh and reliable catering options so you can bring Uyghur food to your event. Whether you’re planning a business lunch, team meeting, or family gathering, we have delicious dishes to fit your needs. Our menu also features four unique combo items designed specifically for those trying Uyghur cuisine for the first time. Our chef has specially curated each combo to bring you a range of traditional dishes and introduce you to Uyghur food culture. If you’re looking for unique vegetarian options, we offer a variety of options including shredded tofu, noodles with diced eggplant, and Uyghur salad. If you’re looking for a unique Central Asian dining experience in Silicon Valley, you can find it at Kusan Cuisine! 

Learn more about our combo item.

Learn more about catering from Kusan Cuisine.

The starter combo includes big plate chicken, a lamb kebab, samsa and Uyghur salad

Join us at Kusan Cuisine

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.

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