An abundance of otso gob
Lam Nawang Chogyal (c. 1465 – 1540) was the 15th throne holder of Ralung monastery in Tibet. He was also the great great grandfather of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, who founded Bhutan in the 17th Century.
The people of our valley believe that the Lam visited Neyphu Monastery here in the valley at some point in time. Under the guidance of the Lam, the valley enjoyed an abundance of food, good fortune and happiness. So much so that the people told the Lam that he should move on to continue his work elsewhere, so that others could experience the same prosperity they enjoyed.
Before leaving, the Lam asked the people if he could do anything for them. They replied, asking for a herb or plant which would grow year-round regardless of the change in seasons.
It is believed the otso gob (otso green onion) was introduced by the Lam as a gift to the people. This onion, an important ingredient in Bhutanese cuisine, grows only in the fertile soil of the Shaba Valley and you can find it here today.
You can taste otso gob on our menu and recall this wonderful story of the Lam who gave a special gift to the people of the valley.