ave you ever tried Uyghur cuisine? Whether you’re familiar with Uyghur food culture or you’re trying Uyghur cuisine for the first time, we invite you to Dolan Uyghur Restaurant to try one of our speciality dishes. From hand-pulled noodles and chicken stew to fried tofu and samsas, every type of diner can find a delicious dish to enjoy. Through 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 Uyghur specialities 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.
Uyghur Speciality Dishes at Dolan Uyghur Restaurant
Our speciality dishes are the truest representation of Uyghur food culture. Our chefs use recipes that have been passed down and perfected over generations. Whether you’re new to Uyghur food or have been trying it for years, we recommend these 8 Uyghur speciality dishes at Dolan Uyghur Restaurant.
Dolan Chay: This flavorful tea is made from an old family recipe of rose, red dates and wolfberry with a side of crystal sugar. One sip will calm you and cheer you!
Honey Chicken: In this dish, sweet honey-glazed chicken is prepared with fresh bell peppers.
Hot Chicken Stew: Large portions of marinated and sauteed, bone-in chicken are served with vegetables on a bed of hand-pulled flat noodles. You can request this dish with mild, spicy, or extra spicy seasoning.
Laghman: This classic dish features Uyghur-styled signature fried noodles with chives, onions, red bell peppers, and your choice of protein. Vegetarian options are available.
Arlash Korma: Flavorful lamb is stir-fried with onions, black wood ear mushrooms, cucumbers, tomatoes, and house spices.
Korma Chop: Uyghur-styled signature fried noodles are served with chives, onions, red bell peppers, and your choice of protein. Vegetarian options are available.
Fried Tofu: This vegetarian entree includes fresh tofu fried with red and green bell peppers, onions, dry black fungus, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, and tomato paste.
Beef Katlima: Marinated beef is fried with spices, green pepper, onions, and black mushrooms then served with Uyghur buns.
These specialities are just the beginning. There are many other Uyghur dishes on our menu including entrees, salads, soups, teas and desserts. View our menu.
Vegetarian Dishes at Dolan Uyghur Restaurant
At Dolan, we offer a variety of flavorful vegetarian dishes to delight all types of diners. Vegetarian dishes include shredded potato, spring rolls, mushroom bok choy, fried tofu, and more. Learn more about unique vegetarian dishes at Dolan Uyghur Restaurant.
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 Autonomus 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 brand 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.