Love and desserts in Tibetan bakery
Located on the time-honored Barkhor Street in Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, the Tibetan-style Accordion Bakery is the "sweet" business of Tibetan man Pasang Tsering and his Han ethnic wife Man Xinwei from Guizhou Province.
Pasang Tsering was a choreographer when he met accordionist Man Xinwei in 2006. After falling in love, Man quit her job in Beijing and came to marry him in Tibet. Their first bakery opened on August 7, 2009, the same day that their daughter was born. After the first years of struggling and trying, the bakery has gradually developed its own style, a mixture of Tibetan tradition and western cuisine. Highland barley, a traditional Tibetan food source, is the main ingredient of the desserts and dishes made in the bakery.
Pasang Tsering's family has eight mu (about 0.53 hectares) of land in his hometown, Gyangze County in Shigatse, where they can harvest around 3,000 kilograms of highland barley.
One of the bakery's specialties is a kind of bread in the shape of yak dung with barley flour, as yak dung is important in Tibetan people's lives.
Hoping more people learn more about Tibetan culture, the couple has decorated all three of their bakeries with a collection of Tibetan artifacts.
Getting together because of music, the couple set up stages in their bakeries to eulogize Tibetan culture and their life story. Shows take place five days a week. Performers include their musician friends as well as those working at the bakeries.