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.