Elista is the place to try Kalmyk specialities, though keep in mind that Kalmyk food tends to be far richer than what many visitors are used to. Staples include meat-filled berg (or berigi) dumplings and hasn makhn (sliced mutton with flat pasta). The traditional tea, dzhomba, is flavoured with ample amounts of butter and often taken with portions of bortsg (balls of dough fried in oil).