Bizarre Foods: Kazakhstan Pictures

Andrew Zimmern travels to Kazakhstan, a country in the heart of central Asia, to hunt rabbits using golden eagles and feast on sheep brains, smoked horse sausage and more. Go behind the scenes with Andrew to get his take.

Photo By: Tito_Herrera

Photo By: Tito_Herrera

Photo By: Tito_Herrera

Photo By: Tito_Herrera

Photo By: Tito_Herrera

Photo By: Tito_Herrera

Photo By: Tito_Herrera

Photo By: Tito_Herrera

Photo By: Tito_Herrera

Photo By: Tito_Herrera

Hunting with Golden Eagles

This is a 15-pound golden eagle right before we let it loose to catch its prey. This is a sporting ritual in Kazakhstan.

Eagle Hunter, Khurmet

This is a 13-year-old eagle hunter named Khurmet. He is preparing to release a golden eagle in pursuit of a rabbit.

Kazakhstan's Great Outdoors

How's this for spectacular scenery? Riding through the Tian Shan Mountains to the hunting grounds with our eagle was a special experience.

Visiting Locals in Nura, Kazakhstan

Nasir Momotov greets me in his farmhouse courtyard in the village of Nura, Kazakhstan.

Uzbek Woman in Almaty

Receiving gifts from Uzbek women after lunch at a restaurant called the Uzbek Woman in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 

Local Cheeses

Shopping for cheese at the local Almaty market.

Sightseeing in Almaty

Taking a stroll through the Soviet-era monuments in a local park in Almaty.

Kazakhstan's Comfort Food

A tray full of fresh-baked samsa, fluffy pastries stuffed with lamb and onions, in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Traditional Family Meal

Dinner is served at the Momotov house in Nura — stuffed sheep's stomach with all the trimmings.

Kabobs at Shashlik Restaurant

Grilled lamb offal on skewers at Shashlik on Kirova, the most popular grilled-meat restaurant in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

A Family Gathering

The Momotov family table.

National Dish of Kazakhstan

Beshbarmak is one of the national dishes of Kazakhstan. It's braised horse meat over handmade noodles with caramelized onions.

Lunch!

Lunch break at a local horse dairy farm.

Roasted Lamb

Roasted lamb, pressure-cooked in a dairy tin with hot stones, is served at a farm lunch in Kazakhstan.

A Lesson in Noodle-Making

Noodle-making lesson about to begin in Almaty, Kazakhstan.