f you’re looking for unique, delicious vegetarian dining options in Washington D.C., look no further than Dolan Uyghur Restaurant. At Dolan, we serve fresh Uyghur cuisine from Central Asia. We offer flavorful vegetarian dishes to delight all types of diners. On our menu, you’ll find hand-pulled noodles, handmade dumplings, spring rolls, fried tofu, and many more vegetarian specialities. Our chef prepares each dish with fresh ingredients, authentic recipes, and pride for our culture. With every item on our menu, we are committed to preserving and sharing the authentic flavors and traditions of Uyghur and Central Asian cuisine. With locations in Cleveland Park, Washington D.C. and Chantilly, Virginia, we are ready to share our vegetarian dishes with you.
Get to Know Uyghur Food Culture
Food is an integral part of Uyghur culture. The Uyghur people have been living in Central Asia for centuries and have created a variety of cooking methods, resulting in a rich food culture. The unique character of Uyghur cuisine is a result of local products, traditional cooking methods, and recipes that have been passed through generations. Uyghur food reflects the influence of neighboring cultures such as Greek, Persian, and Arabic cultures, yet our food culture is uniquely our own. Uyghur people have a deep understanding of natural medicine, and take great pride in creating dishes that are not only delicious but also highly nutritious. For Uyghur people, food is not just about sustenance. Food is an experience meant to be shared with loved ones. At Dolan, it is our mission to share our food culture with you. Learn more about Uyghur food culture.
Vegetarian Dishes at Dolan Uyghur Restaurant
We offer a variety of fresh vegetarian dishes to bring you the flavors of Central Asia. Try these 10 vegetarian options at Dolan Uyghur Restaurant:
Fried Tofu: This entree includes fresh tofu fried with red and green bell peppers, onions, dry black fungus, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, and tomato paste.
Shredded Potato: Enjoy a tasty plate of shredded potato seasoned with peppers, salt, garlic and vinegar.
Spicy Sour Tofu: Spicy sauteed tofu is prepared with onions, spring onions, and bell peppers then tossed in a special house-made spicy tomato-bean paste.
Fried Green Beans: We dry-fry our green beans with chili peppers and onions then finish the dish with a sprinkle of sesame oil and salt.
Fried Eggplant: Fresh eggplant is braised with onions and red and green bell peppers.
Mushroom Bok Choy: Sauteed mushrooms and bok choy (white cabbage) are prepared in a house sauce.
Vegetarian Korma Chop: This dish is a favorite! Uyghur-styled signature hand-pulled noodles are served with chives, onions, red bell peppers, and your choice of protein.
Tofu Laghman: This popular dish features fresh hand-pulled noodles served with sauteed tofu, vegetables and a spicy sauce.
Spring Rolls: Start your meal with this classic Asian dish. Cabbage, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, sesame oil, sugar, and white pepper are wrapped in thin wheat paper.
Kawa Manta: These Uyghur-style vegetarian steamed buns are stuffed with pumpkin, green and red bell peppers, and onions seasoned with house spices.
These vegetarian specialities are just the beginning. There are many other vegetarian Uyghur options on our menu including salads, soups, teas and desserts. View our menu.
The Uyghurs are a Turkic-speaking, predominantly Sunni Muslim group of people who traditionally inhabited the East Turkistan region of Central Asia. “Dolan'' is the name of an ancient tribe of Uyghur people who lived in the Taklamakan Desert during the Qing Dynasty.The Uyghur people have long been the victims of a human rights crisis orchestrated by the Chinese government that the U.S. State Department and many experts define as genocide. Uyghur culture is being erased, and millions are unjustly detained.
Dolan’s owner, Hamid Kerim, escaped from East Turkistan (AKA Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China) in 2017 and immigrated to the United States with his wife and two children. He didn’t speak English when he arrived in the country but created Dolan restaurant to raise awareness about the treatment of the Uyghur people. At Dolan, we strive to help preserve, celebrate, and share an integral part of Uyghur culture: food. Learn more about Dolan's story.
Join us at Dolan Uyghur Restaurant
Dolan is all about serving traditional meals “for those you love the most”. We invite you to Dolan, to enjoy a taste of our culture, savor a meal with your loved ones, and experience the culinary tradition of Central Asia. When you visit Dolan Uyghur Restaurant, we hope you think of the Uyghur people and imagine the snow-capped mountains, winding rivers, and blue-green lakes of central Asia that the Uyghur people call home.