Burma

Arakanese Eggplant Dip

The Rakhine people of Western Myanmar love very hot spicy food and make this dip hotter than I can handle it. Therefore, although I say the chili’s are optional, it is no longer an Arakanese dip if the chilis are not added!

serves 4

  • 5-6 Japanese eggplants
  • ½ small white onion, sliced very thin and rinsed under cold water
  • 1/4 c cold pressed peanut oil
  • 2-3 hot green or red fresh chilis (optional)
Burmese Tomato Salad

Burmese Tomato Salad

This is a signature hand tossed Burmese salad. Variations can be found all around Myanmar. Burmese salads are always thrown together fresh, the last minute possible before being served. Quick fingers toss and blend the salad, adding the personal touch of the creator into the mixture. Serve ...

Star Bean Salad

Star Bean Salad

In Myanmar this salad is usually made with star-beans* or snake-beans and is another of their famous hand-tossed salads. Serves 4 500g (1lb) star beans or green beans 1 small onion, sliced very thin and rinsed under cold water 1 T sesame seeds, toasted 1 T garlic and turmeric oil 1 ...

Burmese Chicken Curry

Burmese Chicken Curry

This dish is known in Myanmar as Bachelor's Chicken Curry. Traditionally young men would steal the chicken and other ingredients if hunger overtook them while out on a romp. In their haste to cook the meal over an impromptu fire, garlic cloves were pounded and thrown in, skin and all. On occasio ...

Burmese Prawn Curry

Burmese Prawn Curry

Serves 4 1inch ginger, pounded 6 cloves garlic, pounded 1 medium onion, sliced and pounded 3 tomatoes, pureed 1T oil or more if necessary ½ t turmeric 1t chili powder (or more to taste) 12-16 large prawns salt or fish sauce to taste Method: Prepare the curry gravy by pounding the ...

Peanut Balachaung

Peanut Balachaung

This recipe will make about two weeks worth of balachaung for about 4 people, using it as a condiment. Usually I make this if I know I am going to be too busy to cook the next coming weeks, or if I am broke. This way I can simply cook up some rice and have a simple nutritious meal with rice and ba ...