Gluttonous Row is a local name for the street food market located next to the well-known Chorsu bazaar. The spot is for venturesome street food lovers who are willing to give up sanitary norms for an authentic oriental feast.
Having approached closer, one can smell the smoke from dishes spread over the place. The view is bizarre: two rows piled with lots of Uzbek dishes are waiting for guests. First, just go around and get familiar with the unique atmosphere.
When the meal choice is unknown and extensive, it is tough to make a choice. Pushy waiters quickly place you on an empty seat and ask you to order food promptly. Do not ask for a menu, the same waiter will say it out loud.
When I start missing local flavor, I go the street food market. It is all around the area. I should note that 80% of consumers are locals. After tiresome shopping and getting hungry, local shoppers are ready to eat some beloved Uzbek dishes.
Another reason to come is to enjoy one dish in particular – hanum. It looks like a big ravioli. The filling is quite simple: thinly sliced potato, spices and oil. Hanum is served with fresh onion rings mixed with dill. Many will agree that the special tomato gravy ontop makes hanum’s taste extremely good.
I am grateful that Gluttonous Row still exists; being here reminds me that I am Uzbek. Yes, hygiene here is not a priority, but no risk, no food reward!