Myanmar

The Gift of Typhoid

Monk Statues

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 the vendor of the incense stall so I could offer some incense to Garuda my Burmese deity. In Myanmar your horoscope is the day of the week you were born on. I am Sunday born and therefore my Burmese name must begin with an A and my special animal is the Garuda which is half-beast and half-bird. Interestingly it is said that worship of Garuda is believed to remove the effects of poisons from one’s body. On this day, my worship of Garuda brought a colony of destruction down on my gut.

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 ...

Turmeric’s Got the Midas Touch

Turmeric’s Got the Midas Touch

Golden Spice of a Golden Land I developed a deep respect for turmeric the last time I was in Myanmar (Burma). Not paying close attention to where I was putting my feet, I had stumbled on a hole in the sidewalk while walking the streets of Yangon and sprained my ankle. Several Burmese friends ad ...

Eating In Kalaw

Eating In Kalaw

Kalaw, a cool, former British hill-station in Shan State, Myanmar, rises 6,000 feet above sea level and is famous for its flowers and farmlands. It is now a gateway to a variety of interesting treks. A three day trek will take you through the mountains to mystical Inle Lake, through the village ...

Tenderly Tossed Burmese Salads

Tenderly Tossed Burmese Salads

One of my many favorite places to eat in Yangon is at an excellent Burmese fresh salad bar on the street right next to Sule Pagoda. It opens in the evenings as the parking spaces empty, spilling off the sidewalk and across the street. This place is famous in Myanmar for the best hand-tossed rice ...

VJR’s Seafood Masala

VJR’s Seafood Masala

VJR is a fabulous Burmese-Indian chef who makes tasty seafood samosas with this freshly made masala. Amounts given are not precise, feel free to adjust them according to your taste and needs. 1/2 c yellow or brown mustard seeds 1/4 c fenugreek 1 T cardamom Method: These spices can be ...

VJR’s Burmese Masala

VJR’s Burmese Masala

VJR the Burmese-Indian chef who taught me this recipe made the best samosas faster than anyone I have ever seen. This spice mix is used for mutton, pork, chicken, vegetables or beef and is not used with seafood. small handful cloves 1/2 c cumin 1-2 t hulled cardamom seeds small handful of ...

Shan BBQ Sauce

Shan BBQ Sauce

This is an all around favorite sauce. It is especially great for grilled meat, mushrooms and vegetables, but is also very nice for samosas and fried snacks. makes 1-2 cups of sauce 3-4 pods tamarind, or tamarind pulp, soaked in boiling water and passed through a sieve 1/2 lime's juice 1 b ...

Garlic – Turmeric Oil

Garlic – Turmeric Oil

This is really easy to make and handy to have in the kitchen. A mainstay in Burmese kitchens it results in two great additions for salads. Crispy golden fried garlic and garlic-turmeric infused oil. Method: Peel and slice thinly as much garlic as you would like to have available. I suggest 2 ...