The Silk Road was a trade route from Europe to Asia from 300 B.C. to the 16th century. A part of The Silk Road went through Kazakhstan where my home was.
During a summer 2021 trip to central Kazakhstan, my fellow travelers and I stopped at a manti restaurant situated in the corner of a car service center in the Karaganda region. While the restaurant did not have a sign, it is very popular with truck drivers.
My friend, a Kazakhstanian semi-truck business owner, convinced me that I had to try manti, which is several large size dumplings with meat filling, at that restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Manti is a culinary brand of Asia and a traditional dish in Turkey, central Asia, Korea, and China. There is a theory that manti was invented in ancient China. Now, the entree is a popular food in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and in other places of the former USSR. See the photo essay about the manti restaurant experience in Kazakhstan.