Bhutan December 17

National Day

On the 13th day of the 11th month of Sa-tel Lo, or December 17, 1907, monks, councilors, and leaders from different regions of Bhutan gathered to unanimously elect Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuk as their first king. In 1616, Bhutan had been unified by Shabdrung Ngawang, a Buddhist Tibetan that ruled Bhutan for 35 years. After his death, Bhutan waited for his reincarnation to be chosen again as their leader. While they waited, other regional lords tried to assume power through a nationwide civil war. It wasn’t until the 1907 appointal of Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuk as the first King of Bhutan that peace and unity was again brought to Bhutan. Born in 1862, Wangchuk and his father were governors in Bhutan. During the civil war, Ugyen Wangchuck defeated his political enemies and united the country to be crowned Druk Gyalpo, or Precious Ruler of the Dragon People.

Pork Fling

Serves 4


  • Mung bean or cellophane noodles ( enough for 4)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 tomatoes cubed
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin sliced thin
  • 3 green thai chili peppers seeded and sliced
  • 4 piece baby bok choy washed and left whole
  • salt and pepper


Make noodles as per package. In a large pan add butter and saute onions when onions are soft add pork cook for 5 minutes then add bok choy and tomatoes, salt and pepper. When noodles are done drain and add them to meat mixture and stir until heated. Serve with soy sauce or Ponzu.

Try with:

Ara or     Pinot Noir                          Cheers!