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Thukpa is a Tibetan noodle soup, which originated in the eastern part of Tibet. Amdo thukpa (especially thenthuk) is a famous variant among Tibetan people and himalayan people of Nepal. The dish became popular in various parts of Nepal, Bhutan, and the states of Sikkim, Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India. It is also popular in the Ladakh region and the state of Himachal Pradesh. The food is widely available in these regions. The numerous varieties of thukpa in Tibetan tradition include:
- Thenthuk (Tibetan: འཐེན་ཐུག་, Wylie: 'then thug): Hand pulled noodle
- Gyathuk (Tibetan: རྒྱ་ཐུག་, Wylie: rgya thug): Chinese noodle
- Nepali (Nepali: थुक्पा)
- Pathug (Tibetan: བག་ཐུག་, Wylie: bag thug): Hand rolled pinched noodle (like gnocchi)
- Drethug (Tibetan: འབྲས་ཐུག་, Wylie: 'bras thug)
|Region or state||Tibet and Indian subcontient|
|Associated national cuisine||Nepal|
Thukpa has been described as a "generic Tibetan word for any soup or stew combined with noodles."
The Nepalese version of thukpa is much influenced by Indian tastes and therefore contains chili powder, masala (usually garam masala), which makes it hot and spicy with a dominant indian curry flavor.