These local hot snacks from a small but well-stocked delicatessen at Kazybek bi Str. No. 22, Almaty 050010, are pretty interesting - at least to me who's new to Central Asian foods. Pretty significant Russian influences on the local Kazakh cuisine:
1. Pirozhki with minced mutton-beef. Pork versions are rarer, though not impossible to obtain in Muslim-majority Kazakhstan. Almaty, being the largest city (approx. 2.5 million in metropolitcan Almaty and its surrounding environs) offer more dining choices than Astana or other smaller cities in the country. The version I got today had pretty tasty filling, though a bread-like outer shell was thicker than I'd have liked.
2. Pirozhki with chicken: this version was much tastier, with the finely-chopped chicken and onion filling pretty well-seasoned, though quite greasy (Kazakhs love their fat).
3. Boortsog: the local fried dough, this one came with mashed potato filling. It lacked the subtle flavours of the one I got from Sultan's, a popular restaurant offering a buffet lunch for KZT2000 (US$11) offering a wide-ranging choice of local dishes which I'll cover in another thread.