Trang tsel literally means “cold vegetables” and is the Tibetan version of a fresh salad. Cold foods are quite rare in high, cold Tibet, where fresh vegetables have not traditionally been available, and trang tsel is not something that most Tibetans inside Tibet have ever commonly eaten. This is more a modern addition to Tibetan cuisine, and will vary according to the tastes of the maker. Our friend and guest chef Tsering Tamding la has created a beautiful version with a refreshingly simple earthy and yet fresh flavor.
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By Lobsang Wangdu and Yolanda O’Bannon