MOSCOW - Central Asian cuisine is popular in Moscow, which is home to a large number of people from Asian countries that were part of the former Soviet Union.
Lagman, a noodle dish, is typical of such Central Asian tastes.
Lamb is sliced, then placed into a pot along with large quantities of vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet peppers, celery and onions.
The ingredients are simmered with salt, cumin, black pepper and other spices, culminating in a reddish-brown soup.
Large amounts of the soup, which serves as a sauce, are spread atop a heap of thick noodles made from wheat.
In Uruk, a cafe that offers mainly Uzbek cuisine, a plate of lagman is priced at 530 roubles (S$12.80).
I opened my mouth wide and sampled the soup, then slurped the noodles.
The soup, with its meat broth and aroma of various vegetables, covered the surface of the silky noodles. It was an outstanding combination.
"Every family uses their own favourite combination of vegetables," said Sharav Kadyrov, 25, a cafe employee from Uzbekistan. "It tastes just like Mom used to make."