Uyghur cuisine is my dream come true — a combination of Chinese and Turkish influences. Café Kashkar’s pilaf is a mixture of fried rice, carrots, lamb and spices. The rice is rich and flavorful with a bright orange-yellow tint. Unlike many pilafs that come out exceedingly dry, this one is almost buttery, and the spices and generous use of cumin give it a full essence. The lamb (on the bone) is perfectly tender. In addition, accents of chickpeas and the well-cooked, soft shreds of carrot make the sum of this dish the best pilaf ever.