Myanmar

Burmese Mont Lin Ma Yar

moanlinmayarI recently had a wonderful interaction with a Burmese food lover over a photo I had posted on facebook of the famous Burmese Mont Lin Ma Yar. These delicious street corner snacks are a real treat, I wish I could get them on the corner downtown Vancouver, BC! She kindly translated the recipe for me from her favorite Burmese recipe site and so I am posting it here for future reference:

From the Myanmar Cupid Cookbook by Pyo Pyo May
Translated by Naomi Aung. Amounts are variable, test it out to see how thick you need the mixture.

Traditional Shampoo and Urban Laundry

Traditional Shampoo and Urban Laundry

I first came across soapnuts when I was living in Myanmar/Burma in 1999. I was working at a remote hotel on the shore of the mystical Inle Lake in Shan State. My oven was made from a large barrel and was wood-fired, whenever the kitchen staff noticed me making a move to try to get the fire under the ...

Burmese Dining in London

Burmese Dining in London

I was very excited to get a message from a friend in London who was taking her man out for his birthday dinner to Mandalay, which is a very good Burmese restaurant in London, one of the few Burmese restaurants outside of Myanmar in the world. There is also a very good one in San Francisco and a coup ...

Old Fashioned Homemade Pickles

Old Fashioned Homemade Pickles

Published August 2009 in Healthy Options magazine, New Zealand Recipe for homemade lacto-fermented dill pickles. Lactic 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 event ...

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 ...