• leftover lamb meat, about 2 cups chopped
  • 4-5 packages of ramen noodles
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • salt, pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup leftover gravy if you have it, for added flavor

Besh means five in Turkish and Kyrgyz languages. Barmak mean  fingers. This is a dish traditionally eaten with no utensils and shared commonly among a family or party of guests. It is a great use for leftover leg of lamb roast, or a good use for any lamb meat or a good way to stretch out the amount of meat you have to serve. From my travel experience, in Kyrgyzstan, this is often served at the end of the meal, as the last course, after eating the meat and other salads, breads, candy, fruit, etc. When you are totally stuffed and couldn’t eat another thing, they bring out a HUGE platter of Besh Barmak and everyone finds room in their stomach to enjoy a bit more food together. (Oh, yes, then you eat watermelon on the porch or veranda.)  Ha Ha, they like to eat, and share food together. :)

The basics of Besh Barmak are this: meat (and fat if you like) finely chopped. Onion finely chopped. Wiggly noodles such as Filipino style or Ramen noodles. Mix all three together with meat and noodles, juices, salt, and dig in. It is delicious!

For my personal version, I have pureed my onions, to get my 3 year old child to eat them. I’m adding raw minced garlic too, just to be extra healthy. I’m using ramen noodles. I will also sauce this up with leftover lamb gravy from the mashed potatoes and roast I made on Saturday. We are out of mashed potatoes, but still have gravy leftover. So I’m using about 1/4 cup gravy and 1/4 cup water and I’ll stir that in to the meat and onion and gently heat up (in pot on stovetop for 5 mins on medium), then add cooked noodles and stir together. Noodles boiled for 4 minutes. Everything was ready in about 5 minutes, it was so quick. You don’t want to over heat the meat or it will cook more and get hard and chewy.

Serve on a platter. Utensils optional! :)

For more cool info about this fun dish check out what I found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be%C5%9Fbarmaq OR Here: http://www.kyrgyzchildrensfuture.org/kyrgyz-culture/kyrgyz-recipes/besh-barmak/

I let my son help with cutting open the ramen noodles. I threw away the "flavoring" package and only used the noodles.

I let my son help with cutting open the ramen noodles. I threw away the “flavoring” package and only used the noodles.

noodles ready for boiling

hot besh barmak