Zhitpa (popularly known as Zhoedoe in Western and Central Bhutan) is an aged yak cheese neatly packed in yak skin from Merak and Sakteng in Bhutan.
Zhitpa and Bhutanese cuisine
Zhitpa is used in preparing Bhutanese cuisine. It is also used in preparing an ema datshi curry (just little drop) and rice, the national dish of Bhutan. People add zhitpa in eazy (salad in Bhutanese) to give an aged cheesy flavor. Zhitpa is a specialty of semi-nomadic inhabitants of Merak-Sakteng in Eastern Bhutan.
During the start of summer, these nomadic people move up the pastureland with their animal (Yak). In winter, they migrate with their animal to warmer places likes Trashigang because of the extreme winter cold. They also bring yak products like butter, zhitpa (zhoedoe), dry cheese (chogu), and other products for sale.
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