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Flavors of Bhutan found at Druk Cuisine Kitchen in Tonawanda

Bhutanese sisters have taken over Druk Cuisine Kitchen, adding to Tonawanda's culinary diversity.

Gita Tiwari and Sita Bista have begun offering Himalayan cuisine at 2768 B Elmwood Ave., in a plaza that already holds an Asian grocery store and a Korean-Burmese restaurant.

Himalayan cuisine includes dishes from their native country of Bhutan, and similar fare common in Nepal, they said. Druk is a thunder dragon in Bhutanese and Tibetan mythology, and a Bhutanese national symbol.

Tiwari and Bista took over the restaurant in early August, and will be offering a more comprehensive menu in the next month or so. They previously operated a small Grant Street grocery.

Dhara Tiwari, left, with his sisters Gita Tiwari and Sita Bista, who are the owners of Druk Cuisine Kitchen. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Their place is a sparse room, next to T & T Asian Market, which could seat about 25.

Offerings include thukpa, which is a noodle soup that is more noodles than soup. The chicken version ($6.99, top photo) has slices of gently curried chicken breast, scallions, red onion and cilantro in chicken broth. A spicy version is topped with a sprinkling of fresh sliced serrano chiles.

Chicken momo dumplings from Druk Cuisine Kitchen. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Momos are Tibetan dumplings, offered here in chicken ($7.99) and vegetable ($6.99) versions. They're accompanied with a creamy dip flavored with tomato and chile.

Chowmin, stir-fried noodles, come in pork ($7.49), chicken and vegetable ($6.49) versions. The pork version had spiced meat, red onion, scallion, cilantro and sesame seeds in addition to noodles. There's also fried rice and samosas on offer.

Stir-fried noodles with pork at Druk Cuisine Kitchen. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

INFO: Druk Cuisine Kitchen, 2768 B Elmwood Ave., Tonawanda. Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily. 331-3104.

Storefront at Druk Cuisine Kitchen. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

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