It is no wonder that many of us aspire to”be more Burmese culture“, which has rapidly expanded over the past four years. Moreover, we believe traditional foods of the once-isolated country of Myanmar may eventually be as ubiquitous in America as Thai and Indian cuisines.
For most people, travel to Myanmar, the largest country in Southeast Asia, is the best way to sample traditional Burmese food. And now, we choose top 7 must-try dishes in Burmese delicacies.
Mohinga (Burmese fish noodle soup)
Mohinga is a national dish of Myanmar . Flavored with turmeric, ginger, chili powder, garlic and lemongrass, this fish soup is breakfast in a bowl. It is also a street food snack or the main dish of a comforting meal. The fish broth is always served with rice or thin, flat rice noodles.
Buthi Kyaw (gourd fritter)
The rice is flavored with chili, garlic, and ginger and combined with water to make a batter. Each finger-sized section of gourd is coated with the batter and deep fried to a golden hue. A kyaw can also be made with potato or onion.
It is a version of fast food, and the typical base is rice in one form or another. The dominating ingredient may be ginger (gyin thoke), tea leaves (laphet thoke), lemongrass fish (nga htamin thoke) or another of the twenty or so variations. Bits of dried shrimp and roasted sesame seeds and peanuts give the “salad” crunch, and lime juice, fish sauce and/or peanut oil dress it.
Mandalay Mee Shay (rice noodles with pork)
Of the many varieties of mee shay (rice noodles with meat sauce), this diced pork version is the one you must try in Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma.
Shan Tohu (Shan style tofu)
Ground and strained chickpeas instead of soybeans give this tofu a pudding-like texture(Turmeric, which seems to be everywhere in Burmese cooking, may be added to heighten the tofu’s golden yellow color. In a Shan village, making the tofu is a communal affair, but in Western kitchens it can be made with chickpea flour. Shan style tofu is a Burmese staple and is used in dishes from soup to salad.
Chicken Feet Salad
It is the sauce that makes this chicken feet salad (S$2) a delicacy in its own right with its intense flavour, thanks to a mix of soy sauce, lemon, vinegar and brown sugar giving it a sweet edge and crunchy bits of roasted sesame. Sweet and savory, juicy and tender, this is how this salad dish tastes like. Very appetizing!
Like in most Southeast Asia countries, rice is a staple in Myanmar. The vegetable dishes cost about S$2 and the meat dishes cost about S$3. A complimentary plate of fresh vegetables is commonly eaten with various condiments such as chilli powder and ground chili peppers.
A plate of fresh vegetables, along with various condiments such as chili powder and ground chili peppers, are commonly eaten together with the dishes. At the end of the meal, green tea and palm sugar (jagery) would be served.
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