First Uzbek Celebration

On Sunday, August 31, my husband and I celebrated Uzbekistan’s twenty-third Independence Day (1991) by visiting a Russian/Uzbek restaurant in Arlington, VA called Rus Uz.

The weather was quite hot and rainy, giving the photo below of the front of the restaurant a misty glow!

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We started off by enjoying a pot of delicious green tea, ordering from a menu written in both Russian and English.

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We enjoyed flipping through a large coffee table book about Uzbekistan, filled with beautiful photos of the cities and countryside. Texts were written in Russian, Uzbek and English.

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Then we ordered some Russian beer and red wine, and tried piroshki for appetizers. The restaurant’s menu describes piroshki this way: Small dough buns or pies stuffed with variable fillings; traditional fillings include fish – sautéed with onions and mixed with hard-boiled chopped eggs; meat – boiled and chopped, then mixed with sautéed onions and eggs; potato – mashed, then mixed with eggs and smetana (sour cream); cabbage – sautéed, plus egg and spices.

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We selected the beef, and it was served piping hot and delicious! My husband ordered chicken Kiev with vegetables…

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…and I had plov (pilaf), Uzbekistan’s national dish. Plov is a flavorful blend of rice, lamb, carrots, chickpeas, carrots, raisins and spices! It also came with a delicious side salad of tomatoes, onions and cucumbers.

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I can’t wait to try all the yummy variations of plov that are sure to exist in Tashkent and beyond.

Finally, we ordered a Napolean pastry to share, which some may know as mille-feuille.

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We will definitely go back again to Rus Uz! There are many other dishes that I am eager to try.

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