Fukuoka's First and Only Uyghur Restaurant "Ependi": The Gateway To Silk Route


Posted on 06 Jan 2018 22:00 in ASKSiddhi独断うまい店 by Yoko Deshmukh

Xinjiang Uyghur and Central Asia have always been in my top 10 destinations to visit "before I die."

It was a chilly early-January day in Fukuoka, and I named it the perfect weather to experience the Central Asian cuisine for the first time in my life. 

Xinjiang Uyghur has always been in my top 10 destinations to visit "before I die"; as such, my favorite passing time is to see Google Streetview of the cityscape of and around Urumqi. My encounter with Ependi is just like the destiny led my way!


By the time of arriving at Ependi, my friend T-san and I were quite hungry, and everything on the menu looked attractive. The restaurant is run by Uyghur couple who speak fluent Japanese. The husband Memteli (*spelling not sure) said he had been working for a Japanese company in Shanghai for six years before coming to Fukuoka three years ago. 

Since many of Uyghurs practice Islam, we did not find pork dishes, but ample lamb, beef, and chicken delicacies were available. We chose Uyghur "biryani" Polo, dumplings, chicken skewers, and Kazakh potato stew. None of the dishes were spicy yet aromatic with the full flavors of cumin and other exotic usages of spices. Steamy hot Polo was excellent, while I loved the juicy skewers and mouth-watering potato also. Beef dumpling was super rich. I missed Ragumen, Uyghur's representative noodle that day.  

【福岡・博多】異国情緒レストラン『ウイグル料理EPENDI』でシルクロードを渡る美味しさを発見! - Kaiten Portal

ついに博多にできたウィグル料理店、エペンディ。本場ウィグルの調味料で作る料理はやさしい美味しさ! - Sarah-san's Blog


Polo, just perfect.
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Yoko Deshmukh   (日本語 | English)         
インド・プネ在住歴10年以上の英日・日英フリーランス翻訳者、デシュムク陽子(Yoko Deshmukh)が運営しています。2003年9月30日からインドのプネに住んでいます。

ASKSiddhi is run by Yoko Deshmukh, a native Japanese freelance English - Japanese - English translator who lives in Pune since 30th September 2003.

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