Uygur food staples
It is especially served at feasts for distinguished guests. The spiced rice dish can include carrots, onions and meat, or nuts, raisins and red jujubes. Traditionally, the pilaf is served in a big dish on a tablecloth on the floor. Guests wash their hands, sit cross-legged and close their fingers to form a spoon to eat the pilaf.
Pilaf is a common food in ethnic restaurants throughout the region, with mutton and chicken usually added. Kazak people put in smoked horsemeat to give it a special taste.