When my friend Lauren went to China, she was faced with a dilemma: she’s Jewish and doesn’t eat pork, but just about any dish she ordered had pork fat or bits of pork or some kind of porkiness. She took refuge in the cuisine of the Uighurs, a Muslim people who live in the remote Xinjiang region of Western China.
Back in NYC, Lauren lamented that Uighur was the one kind of food you couldn’t get, and this became a running joke for us. But now you can, according to this Village Voice article from 2003. At Cafe Kashkar in Brighton Beach, Uighur food is there for the noshing. A review is on the way.