It was still misty. The unexpected cyclone in the middle of the winter had caused havoc on the road up the mountains to Kalaw. Twenty miles outside of Kalaw the large air-conditioned bus with it’s frozen passengers came to a halt. Christmas morning was fast approaching and my family was gathering in Kalaw this year, I was anxious to arrive. In the last few minutes before the sun rose I was advised to go to the toilet.
“Why?” I asked, expecting to hear some explanation about how if you pee before the sun comes up it is much better for your body than if you pee once the first rays are shining down on the earth.
“Because once the sun comes up everyone is going to see you, there are trucks backed up all the way around the bend,” came the logical answer.
I quickly went and did my business. As the sun rose I went to have a look at what was holding up the traffic. After passing about fifty huge buses and trucks on their way to Kalaw, Inle and Taunggyi, I finally came to the source of the problem.
A truck overloaded with cabbages had tried to pass another large truck on a corner and the edge of the road had crumbled after the unexpected heavy rain. The truck was lucky to still be on the road, the front left tire hung over a drop that quickly disappeared into the mist.
Recipe here. This sophisticated hand-tossed salad is a signature Burmese dish. Not only is it simple, delicious and quick to prepare but it is also inexpensive. Dice it to create a tasty bruchetta topping. Add green chilis for extra kick. Go ahead! Try it! It is also very nourishing and a great ...
Recipe here. This sophisticated peanut chutney is a signature Burmese dish. Not only is it affordable and addictive but it is also nutritious and keeps well. Make up a batch and add it to your salads, mix it into freshly blanched vegetables or just eat it as a snack. I learned this recipe during ...
Serves 4 1 c red lentils
1 small onion, sliced
3-4 cloves garlic, sliced
½ t turmeric
1 T oil
4-5 c chicken broth or water
salt or fish sauce to taste
black pepper Method:
Put ingredients in a pot and simmer until the lentils are very soft. If using fish sauce add the fis ...
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 ver ...
Luke Nguyen tells us all about eating tomatoes in Myanmar 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 ...
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
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 occasi ...
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 ...
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 ...