Burmese Cuisine

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Burmese dishes look very simple but are extremely refined with a multitude of flavours, mixing Chinese and Indian tastes. Burmese cuisine is also very diverse and varies depending on the different ethnicities in the country.

Myanmar is packed with places where you will be able to treat your taste buds during your trip. From Streets restaurants to a high-end restaurant, taste various dishes going from fried-type noodles to grilled meat, Asian and international dishes.

  • Like in other countries in Asia, in Myanmar, rice is included every meal. The curry, a dish mixing the taste of ginger, turmeric, garlic, onions and spiced with some chilli, followed by either fish, prawns, chicken or sheep meat is the typical dish in Myanmar. This dish is served with a colourful stock and vegetables with a chilli mixed with tamarind and Balachaung in addition.  
  • To bring out the tastes out of the dishes, Burmese people use shrimps paste et fermented and dried fish.
  • Enjoy Burmese original salads which are a mix of vegetables, fruits, peanuts, coconut served with small fried shrimps or marinated and spicy chicken. Numerous raw or steamed vegetables are included in Burmese dishes like beans salads, aubergines, or tomato salads.  
  • Soups are also very common in Myanmar, such as soups made of lentils, squash, turnips and bamboo shoots.

Do not be surprised by the order of service of the dishes, it is common for all Asian countries to serve the dishes at the same time.

Forks and spoons are used whilst Burmese people usually eat with their fingers.  



Few Burmese specialities

If you are getting lost with all of the Burmese dishes, and you do not know what to try, here is a list of dishes you can definitely try during your adventure through the Landscape of Myanmar.

  • The Lahpeq thouq: A wet green tea leaf salad cooked with chilli, fried garlic, green lemon, dried shrimps, sesame seeds served with Chinese cabbage.
  • The Maji yweq dhouq: A tamarind tree leaf and grapefruit salad
  • Fish and meat salad
  • The Pen hin ye: lentils soup served with noodles and rice.
  • The nga Baung doke: Fish wrapped in banana leaf and cooked in papillote whole perfumed with coconut milk, coriander and chilli.
  • Burmese rice: Steamed with laurel, grated coconut, coconut milk and cinnamon.
  • Rice salad with turmeric.
  • Rice cooked with lentils and perfumed with cardamom.
  • Fried noodles mixed with stir-fried vegetables and serve with an egg.
  • Rice noodles with curry
  • Mohinga: catfish cooked with ginger, lemongrass served with rice noodles.
  • Pazun kyaw: stir-fried shrimps with chilli.
  • Sticky rice
  • Poppy seed cake

Les boissons

Le thé birman se sert sucré avec du lait. Il est bon marché. 
Des petits établissements à thé où vous pourrez vous installer pour consommer proposent même une carte de thés de différentes origines ;

  • Une bière locale est fabriquée sous différentes marques.
  • Le toddy : jus de palme fermenté, cette boisson alcoolisée est fabriquée par les paysans. 
    Plus forte encore, il y a l’alcool de toddy qui est la distillation de la sève du toddy. 
  • Les « bars à toddy » bien typiques vous feront déguster les différents breuvages depuis le jus non alcoolisé jusqu’à l’alcool de toddy.

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