Gastronomic culture of Burma
Myanmar, located between two big and different cultures that influence not only its religion, culture and art, but also its cuisine. During the colonial period, immigrants from China and India also brought their food to Myanmar and made its tradition become varied. Today, due to globalization and commercial liberalism in the case of religious tourism, Myanmar still have the food of many countries, but most Burmese still enjoy their own food, thanks to its elite and originality.
Tea leaf salad or Laphet Thoke
One of the most delicious dish of Myanmar people is laphet - fermented tea leaves. These tea leaves are used to make tea leaf salad which will be served as an appetizer or to be eaten with rice. Some sour and bitter tea leaves are mixed with cabbage slices, tomato slices, beans, garlic oil, garlic slices and hot pepper to create a special salad. Yet, it is told by the Burmese that tea leaf salad is a stimulant, if you eat too much, you cannot sleep as if you drink too much tea.
Shan people’s rice
Also known as nga htamin - rice with fish, rice of the Shan people (a tribe in Myanmar) becomes a perfect choice for visitors to Myanmar. The fragrant, soft rice is cooked with turmeric broth. We eat rice with a slice of fish spread out with garlic oil. With spices like garlic, chili, pepper, rice of the Shan people is a favorite dish of those who like pungent dishes.
As its name, curry is the main ingredient but you can eat rice with pork, beef, lamb or seafood. At the restaurants for Muslims, curry will be eaten with salad, beans or other vegetables. One interesting thing when enjoying a Myanmar curry is that you will also receive a traditional Myanmar dessert - tea leaves pickles and nuts in a lacquer tray.
Cake and tea in Myanmar
The tea shops become an ideal place for tourists to discover and blend into the traditional food of Myanmar. Besides traditional dishes, sweet and salty cakes are also served to sip with hot tea. Tea shops of Muslims or Indians often serve light snacks, including savory pastries, potato breads, toast, etc. While those of the Chinese have steamed pork bun or sweet pastries ... Drinking tea and tasting cake is a distinctive feature of Burmese culinary culture.
Myanmar people have a passion for oily food. Therefore, fried breads of all sizes and shapes are the most popular street food of Myanmar! Spring rolls, donuts, fried breads with a special flavor are served with a sweet and sour sauce made from tamarinds. Most of the breads in Myanmar are made from rice flour or glutinous rice, sometimes a mixture of these two powders. People mix flour with garlic, onion, ginger. In addition, the powder is mixed with coconut thread, sesame seeds, tomatoes, curry powder, etc to make a variety of cakes.
Shan's tofu vermicelli
Shan cuisine - an ethnic group living in northern Myanmar - is not only popular for its residents, but also for tourists.
Shan Inns stand out with big blocks of tofu. In particular, tofu is made of yellow lentils and green beans instead of fermented sojas. Slices of tofu are usually served with yellow pasta or in a bowl of hot soup or with sweet and sour grated salad.
Mohinga Fish Vermicelli
This is a type of vermicelli cooked in fish soup, which is widely considered as Myanmar national food. The main ingredients are chickpea flour, roasted ground rice, catfish cooked in broth and many spices such as garlic, onion, ginger, lemongrass, fish sauce ...This dish is popular and is sold all day in many towns and cities. If you have the opportunity to travel in Myanmar, don't forget to enjoy this delicious street food!