Traditional Dungan Dinner in a village founded in 1877

A meeting with culinary and cultural traditions awaits you.

Join a traditional dinner with a local Dungan family of 8 national dishes, learning about where each dish fits within Dungan culture and celebrations. Before the meal, take the opportunity to prepare real Dungan Ashlyan-fu - the hallmark of Karakol cuisine. Deepen your understanding of Dungan culture as you speak with your host during the meal and afterwards, try on traditional Dungan wedding clothing and learn about marriage traditions.

Tour Highlights

  • Taste at least 8 kinds of home-cooked Dungan dishes in a family home.*
  • Make your own ashlan-fu, the most famous (and delicious!) Dungan dish.
  • Deepen your understanding of Dungan culture and history as you speak with your host during the meal

* Vegetarian meals can be prepared upon request. Let us know in advance (at booking) if you or anyone in your group has food preferences or allergies.

Dungan Village Visit and Family Dinner

2.5 - 3 Hours 
from 1,600 KGS
per person

Note for individual travelers: All our tours require to have a minimum group of people. The Karakol Visitor Center team will do its best to assemble a group of other interested participants in order to guarantee your departure.

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Tour Details


With prior reservation 1 day in advance

Where we will go

Dungan village Yrdyk (15 min drive from Karakol)

Start Time

from 17:30 (flexible)


2.5 - 3 hours


For adults, families and children




Any weather

Minimum Group Size

4 (or upon special request)

Meeting Point

Destination Karakol Visitor Center

Price Includes:

  • Meals and soft drinks (tea, mineral water)
  • Ashlyan-Fu cooking demonstration

Not Included in Price:

  • Transportation
  • English speaking guide

*An English speaking guide can be organized upon request for an additional price of 800 KGS for the group

*Private transportation can be arranged upon request for an additional price: up to 4 people - 1,000 KGS; from 4-7 people - 1,500 KGS; from 7-12 people - 2,500 KGS

What Others Say About This Tour

"I’ve long been convinced that there’s no better way to discover a culture than through its food. The evening spent with the Dungan people in Yrdyk was the perfect introduction to their culture, and — to an extent — to the history of this part of the world, shaped by the never ending cycle of exile, migration, and interchange."

Margherita Ragg

"Make sure you are hungry before you come as this family’s goal is to make sure you leave not wanting to eat again for the rest of the day. It was definitely our favourite thing to do in the Issyk-Kul region."

Alesha & Jarryd

Tour Location and Meeting Point

This tour meets at the Destination Karakol Visitor Center (150 Lenin Street, Karakol).

From there, we will provide transportation to Yrdyk (Deishin) village just outside of Karakol.