Burmese Food

It is always good to see things in your eye rather than hearing things over media. I never had a clear idea of what Myanmar is like until I came there. I think it happens not only to me because many things in Myanmar are still veiled in mystery. Many places in the country are forbidden for foreigners to enter even today. It is not so open yet as you can assume from the fact that it was just the last year when the US stopped its economic sanction to the country.

Likewise, I did not know about Burmese food either.

The food I witnessed in Myanmar  the most is probably “Burmese curry”. The main difference from the Indian curry was the ingredient, such as fish source and prawn paste. It was also very oily compared to the Indian’s.

Normally, salad, soup, fresh vegetable and dipping source come together. Salad is tossed with dressing source made of lemon juice and spices. Soup is usually very simple and perfect for washing out the mouth between dishes because curry has very rich taste.

Also Indian and Chinese influence cannot be missed out to explain what is food in Myanmar is like.

Chopped samosa in bean based soup is one example for Indian food in Myanmar. There are cauliflower and mushroom soup with Chinese seasonings. I saw those menus or food stands everywhere in Yangon.

Another thing that characterizes Burmese food is the influence from the tribes other than Burman. There are 8 tribes in which there are 135 small ethnicities in entire country according to Wikipedia.Those tribes definitely add varieties into food in Myanmar. Unfortunately I did not have a chance to experience those differences in this trip, I hope to come back and travel across the regions to see the differences someday.

Tofu curry. Very oily

Tofu curry. Very oily

ordinary curry food stand

ordinary curry food stand

curry

curry

vegetable sticks and curry

vegetable sticks and curry

soup on the right, salad on the left, curry in the upper middle

soup on the right, salad on the left, curry in the upper middle

rice salad

rice salad

salad

salad

Chinese food in Yangon

Chinese food in Yangon

samosa in soup shop

samosa in soup shop

chopped samosa

chopped samosa

pouring soup into samosa

pouring soup into samosa

ready to eat

ready to eat

Tea leaf snack, buts and sesame

Tea leaf snack, buts and sesame

quail egg snack

quail egg snack

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meat on sticks

meat on sticks

coconut rice cake

coconut rice cake

Shan State noodle soup

Shan State noodle soup

Shan State noodle soup

Shan State noodle soup

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