Sushi and noodles at Cooksoo
Sushi and noodles at Cooksoo

Cooksoo
Байтик Баатыра 43
11:00-9:30
Main Courses from $3

Cooksoo has become one of my favorite restaurants in Bishkek since I arrived five weeks ago. Between the close proximity, great prices, friendly service, and quality food, it is hard to describe how great this establishment is. Cooksoo offers Korean food at low prices. The menu is, of course, in Russian and the staff speak exclusively in Russian as well. That being said, you can purchase multiple types of ramen, sushi, and a few other dishes that are typically rice and egg based. For an average cost of around 200 som, or roughly $3, you receive an incredibly large portion of food. I’ve taken to coming to Cooksoo just to do homework and order a cup of coffee, which is also great by the way. The atmosphere is friendly and very clean. Over time, and by making an exorbitant amount of trips, we have become friends with the girls who work behind the counter. While ethic Kyrgyz food is great, it is refreshing to go to Cooksoo because the spices and flavors make a nice change from the usual meat and onion based food in Kyrgyzstan. My personal favorite is Oodan Ramen which is fairly cheap and comes with an assortment of toppings.

Cian Stryker

Cian Stryker

Cian Stryker is pursuing a Bachelors of Philosophy with a dual degree in Political Science and Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently studying abroad on SRAS's Central Asian Studies program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He is currently writing a thesis comparing the ethnic Russian diaspora in Estonia to that in Kyrgyzstan and to what extent those diasporas experience ethnic tension. He spent the summer of 2016 living and studying in Narva, Estonia. He hopes to eventually join the US Foreign Service.

Cian is attending Central Asian Studies
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