Burma

Old Fashioned Homemade Pickles

Published August 2009 in Healthy Options magazine, New Zealand

Recipe for homemade lacto-fermented dill pickles.

Inya Lake PathLactic Acid Fermentation: Symbiotic Man’s Secret Ingredient for Health and Longevity

Many years ago, I worked at the Inya Lake Hotel in Myanmar which also does catering and events for the various embassies in Yangon. It was Korea’s National Day and the embassy was having a big function in the hotel ball room. While the rest of the kitchen was in the usual uproar creating the hot dishes for the buffet, I stepped into the cool room we normally reserved for ripening fruit. It was like stepping into a different world.

Farmers Markets of Myanmar

Farmers Markets of Myanmar

Click here to view exotic images of farmers markets around Myanmar. Who can resist an open air market? In Shan State they have a very clever system by having their farmers market run on a five day cycle. So, for example, around the mystical Inle Lake, the market will be one day in Nyaung Shwe, th ...

Myanmar Farmer Markets Slideshow

Myanmar Farmer Markets Slideshow

"The Burmese have been forced to maintain their traditional methods of farming and subsistence living, which may in the long run be a blessing in disguise for them and the rest of the world." More... Click here to see images from various markets in Yangon (Rangoon). ...

Markets of Rangoon

Markets of Rangoon

Click here for images from market around Yangon. The first time I visited Burma/Myanmar was in December of 1995. We stayed in the YMCA in downtown Yangon (formerly Rangoon) and were harassed by bed-bugs all night. I remember the streets being particularly gray at that time, except for the bright ...

Yangon Markets Slideshow

Yangon Markets Slideshow

My favorite market in Yangon is the Indian Spice market which is on 26th St and Anawratha, and there I love to buy thick honey-rich sandalwood oil, turmeric, fragrant sandalwood beads, freshly ground whole wheat flour and blocks of beeswax. An old friend hangs around his buddies spice stall, and alw ...

Mormor’s Kaukswe

Mormor’s Kaukswe

Burmese Chicken Noodle Soup Chicken Kaukswe is one of the most famous of Myanmar's wonderful breakfasts, Mohingha is the most famous and is made with fish and banana trunks. Breakfast is a very special time in Myanmar, there are so many tasty things to choose from, but you have to get up early ...

Pennywort Salad (Min Kwa Yuet)

Pennywort Salad (Min Kwa Yuet)

Another of the famous Burmese lethok literally "mixed by hand" salads. This one was first brought to my attention by my little sister who was a mad fan of eating Naw Rosie's Min Kwa Yuet Salad on her home-made brown bread while she was going to high school in Myanmar. It is definitely addictin ...

The Gift of Typhoid

The Gift of Typhoid

I was given a melted popsicle from a local ice-cream seller while visiting a pagoda in the suburbs of Yangon/Rangoon. It was a bit of a surreal experience. The old man smiled so kindly as he eagerly handed it to me. He was so sweet and toothless. He had come across me as I was trying to find ...

Burmese Cuisine

Burmese Cuisine

An Introduction to Myanmar Cuisine by Ma Thanegi I had a great opportunity to meet Ma Thanegi, the amazing lady who authored this book, while in Myanmar (Burma). She is full of the spirit of adventure and has had some amazing experiences in her travels that she shares with vibrant energy. S ...

Books For Kids

Books For Kids

Shwe Yone Kalay Store -- The Little Golden Rabbit Shop Myanmar Books for Myanmar Kids After a long journey from Yangon to Sittwe and then up the Kaladan river we finally made it to Mrauk-U, Rakhine State, Myanmar. We were heading back to our guest house before the electricity went off we ...