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A Uyghur Vendor Mixes the Yogurt and Ice

Adding the Syrup

Adding the Syrup

Uyghur man tossing sarandogh

A Uyghur vendor tosses sarandogh in a bowl

If you spend anytime meandering around the streets of Kashgar then you’re sure to notice many locals drinking a yoghurt-based drink called sarandogh.  When translated, “sarandogh” means “crazy drink.”

You’ll find only 3 ingredients in this simple yet delicious drink.

  • Yoghurt (the real stuff, not sweetened or purchased at a supermarket)
  • Shaved Ice
  • Simple syrup (a 1:1 ratio by volume of sugar to water. Simply heat water then add the sugar and stir till dissolved. Do not boil.)

The Uyghur vendor will shave the ice into a bowl, scoop in some yoghurt, and pour in a little syrup.  Sometimes he’ll just stir the mixture with a spoon but if you’re lucky you might see him toss the drink several feet in the air and catch it all in the bowl without spilling a drop. Don’t be fooled, it’s much harder than it looks!

Now just a warning before you rush out to find yourself some sarandogh.  I’m not sure if it’s the ice which is brought down from the mountains or possibly the yoghurt which sits out in the intense heat in large bowls, but sarandogh been known to make many a foreigner sick.  I’d only recommend the drink if you have an iron stomach or a good supply of Pepto-Bismol.  

A Non-professional Sarandogh Tosser - Going Up

A Non-professional Sarandogh Tosser - Going Up

A Non-professional Sarandogh Tosser - Going Down

A Non-professional Sarandogh Tosser - Going Down

Sarandogh, Uyghur, China, Xinjiang, Kashgar

A Non-professional Sarandogh Tosser - Need a Bigger Bowl


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