While visiting a Monk we were offered tea, a standard drink in Bhutan often with milk. Tsheringma is an herbal tea derived from the Bhutanese Goddess of longevity, wealth and prosperity. Made from Safflower plant and Gurgum (bay leaf) they call it Shing-Tsha.

The common denominator is puffed rice snacks, little morsels of rice that are puffed with oil, and cookies either homemade, or store-bought from India.

While sitting with the II re-incarnation in Gangtey, we enjoyed perfect biscuits made by the Monks mom and carefully guarded. Covered with sugar, they accompanied the black tea and reminded me of a type of English shortbread.