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Tibetans Tselling Tsampa in Tsquamish & Tsteveston!

Sam Salmon May 22, 2012 05:47 PM

Sorry for the overly cute subject line....

I first saw Tsampa for sale @ the Squamish Farmer's Market Easter Sunday and this past Sunday once again saw the operation @ Steveston.

Sadly both times I had just stuffed my face and couldn't sample the food on offer so can't offer any more info-has anyone tried it?



  1. paulj Sep 20, 2012 04:02 PM

    Has anyone tried grinding Korean roasted barley, say in a whirly coffee mill?

    1. k
      kinnickinnik Aug 10, 2012 11:52 AM

      FYI Great Himalaya Foods will be at the UBC farm market this Sat

      From the farm newsletter:

      "Great Himalaya Foods
      Vancouver based company making specialty grain foods, featuring Tsampa (Tibetan Cereal), a Himalayan Superfood made from organic, whole grain barley. Take your health & energy to new heights!"

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      1. re: kinnickinnik
        Chomp Aug 11, 2012 04:10 PM

        I picked up some of the Tibetan Cereal at UBC Farm today - tried a sample of the chocolate, mixed in with vanilla yogurt - really liked it; so did the kids. I picked up a package of the chocolate-flavoured one ($8). My husband wants to put it in his smoothies.

      2. a
        adore Jun 12, 2012 03:15 PM

        Hi Sam!
        I saw them at the Steveston market and had a sample, it was DELISH! They mixed the Tsampa in with vanilla yogurt which gave the yogurt a lovely taste. Barley is such an underrated grain.
        I bought their Traditional which is not flavoured and just barley. I had it every morning with my oatmeal and slowly started eating just Tsampa as a porridge by stirring it into warm milk. One of the ladies told me I could use it as a thickener which I did and it worked great! They were at the Ladner market this week so I just bought a few bags to stock up. Still haven't tried the other flavours yet though.

        1. r
          reiney May 23, 2012 01:14 PM

          I've had tsampa before (in Tibet, not BC). Uh, if this is replacing macarons as the new food trend I'm passing.

          It's eaten out of nutritional necessity, barley being one of the few crops that grow at 4000 meters, and assuming it's mixed with yak butter tea in a traditional way, it's both bland and funky. Like masticating on a mix of unscented cat litter and rancid melted butter.

          I'm curious to see how they're suggesting to apply it to a Western diet (sprinkled on popcorn?). Best of luck to the women selling it, and I'm sure there'll be plenty of people keen to give it a try, but give me a momo any day!

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          1. re: reiney
            paulj May 23, 2012 01:28 PM

            Toasted barley flour is also traditional in the Ecuadorian highlands (machica)
            While this blog talks about making a flat bread, the traditional Ecuadorian use is closer to the Tibetan - to make a drink (sweetened with raw sugar).

            In Japan and Korea, whole toasted barley is used to make tea.

            1. re: paulj
              grayelf Aug 11, 2012 08:21 AM

              Mmmm, mogicha tea...

            2. re: reiney
              cherrycake Sep 20, 2012 03:10 PM

              I'm eating it like oatmeal :) lol
              It's actually really good, mix tsampa and milk heat it up sprinkle it with a little bit of brown sugar.
              Amazing breakfast that you can get lots of energy.. tehee.

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