Uzbek cuisine mightn’t have the status or cult following of its Central Asian counterparts, but this land-locked nation is home to a tasty array of dumplings, skewers, noodle soups and rice dishes. Filled with fertile valleys, Uzbekistan is prime agricultural land. Unlike their nomadic neighbours, Uzbeks are a settled people and have honed the art of fruit, vegetable, cereal and cattle farming for centuries. When it comes to food, Uzbek’s like healthy, hearty fare. Popular dishes include lamb dumplings, known as manti (here's the Turkey's take), as well as rice-based pilafs and cholent in a bag. For a classic Uzbek sweet, try this nutty Bukharan delight.