Thukpa is a Tibetan noodle soup. It originated in the eastern part of Tibet. Amdo Thukpa (especially Thenthuk) is a famous variant among Tibetan and Nepalese people. The dish became popular in Bhutan, and in the states of Sikkim, Ladakh, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. The food is widely available in these regions. There are numerous varieties of Thukpa in Tibetan tradition, including:
The Nepalese version of thukpa contains chili powder, masala, and noodles with gram and pea soup, which gives it a hot and spicy flavor. The most typical Nepali thukpa is found in Sankhuwasabha district. However, the thukpa found in Kathmandu Valley is the same as that found in Tibet, due to immigrant Tibetan refugees.