In Central Tibet, shamdrey, meaning “meat and rice,” is a popular food, especially for special celebrations, like Tibetan New Year. It is eaten basically the same inside Tibet and in the Tibetan communities outside Tibet, with both rice and potatoes. This version is beef, though yak and mutton are also commonly used. In fact, inside Tibet, it is normally cooked with mutton rib meat, with the bones included. Many people add crystal noodles – ping – to their shamdrey. In exile, shamdrey is a staple in Tibetan homes.