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The Food of Myanmar

The cuisine of Myanmar (formerly Burma) has been influenced by the respective cuisines of China, India and Thailand. However, in spite of this, Burmese cuisine has unique preparation techniques and distinct flavours unlike any other.

You could also find variations of it in some top restaurants but Burmese cuisine is still best
tasted on its mother land - Myanmar.

Different regions of Myanmar have different variations of "standard" dishes. Use of seafood is more prevalent along coastal cities such as Sittwe, Kyaukpyu, Mawlamyaing (formerly Moulmein), Mergui and Dawei, while meat and poultry are more commonly used in landlocked cities like Mandalay.

Fish and shrimp from rivers, lakes and streams, however, have traditionally been the main source of protein in a variety of ways, fresh, salted whole or filleted, salted and dried, made into a salty paste, or fermented sour and pressed.

Beef and pork, although certainly not forbidden, are avoided by many Buddhists and Muslims respectively. Vegetarian dishes are also common, as especially during the Buddhist lent (Wa-dwin), a three-month rains retreat, eating only before midday (u bouk saunk) and abstaining from meat (thet that lut) is observed by many devout Buddhists.

Burmese cuisine also contains a variety of salads (a thouk) centered on one major ingredient, ranging from rice, noodles, and glass vermicelli, to potato, ginger, tomato, kaffir lime, lahpet (pickled tea), and ngapi (fish paste). These salads have become a popular fast-food in Burmese cities.

Here is a popular expression that sums up the traditional favourites: "Of all fruit the best is the mango, of all meat it's pork, and of all leaves it's lahpet (tea)."

The best place to learn more about the food of Myanmar is at the Burmese Association of WA.


Do you require the services of a Justice of Peace?

  • Witness documents
  • Certify true copies of originals
  • Make a Statutory Declaration
  • Affidavits to the Supreme Court
  • Make representations to Government Agencies

BAWA has two Justice of Peace available to assist you:

Lance Kavanagh JP
Mobile: 0425 143 820

Alan Clement Phillips JP
25 Beeston Crescent, Marangaroo WA 6064
Tel: (08) 92472960
Mobile: 0417 916 883

Lance will also be sitting in at the BAWA office, 275 Stirling Street, Perth on Fridays between 1:00PM and 4:00PM.

Aussie Friends of Mae Tao Clinic

The Aussie Friends of Mae Tao Clinic held a dinner dance on the 23rd July 2011 to raise funds to raise funds to help support the Mae Tao Clinic in Thailand. Click on the image to download a copy of the Report for the dinner dance.

The Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), founded and directed by Dr. Cynthia Maung, provides free health care for refugees, migrant workers, and other individuals who cross the border from Burma to Thailand. People of all ethnicities and religions are welcome at the Clinic. For more information go to:



Monthly Food Fete

Our Food Fete - held on every second Saturday of the month, from 10.00AM to 1.00PM at the AAA House, 275 Stirling Street in Perth.

From all the feed back we have received, this event is "second to none." We have been running this activity for many years now, making improvements as and when necessary. There are approximately 8 stalls, providing a variety of delicious and authentic Burmese cuisines at very reasonable prices.

All our vendors hold the necessary permits from the Department of Health from their respective Cities/Shires and the cooking is done in commercial kitchens, maintaining a high degree of standards and hygiene.

Our patrons are multicultural and increasing with every month that passes with some also buying meals to take home. The noisy, friendly and happy atmosphere creates an ideal opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. So come along and bring your family and friends to our next Food Fete to enjoy the food, the company and have a good time.

Download a copy of the 2017 Food Fete flyers here:

AAA Hall 275 Stirling Street Perth - Map

Read what others are saying about our Monthly Food Fete:

720 ABC Perth
Blue Apocalypse
Tannic Teeth

Theravada Myanmar Buddist Society (Inc)

The Theravada Myanmar Buddist Society (Inc) also hosts a Food Fete on the 4th Sunday of every month from 09:00AM - 1:00PM, at 62 Torquata Drive Mirrabooka WA (Map). Download a copy of their 2013 flyer for more information.

Here are some traditional Burmese recipes for you to try out :


Ba Ya Kyaw & Mat Pair Kyaw | 90Kb PDF
Htoe Moke & Mandalay Pair Kyaw | 90kb PDF
Kho Taung Moke Te | 105kb PDF
Moke Hin Gar | 14kb PDF
Rakhine Rice Noodles In Fish Soup | 16kb PDF
Shan Hta Min Chin (Sour Rice) | 321kb PDF
Shan Khauk Swe | 90kb PDF
Shwe Taung Khauk Swe | 108Kb PDF

Useful Links

Burmese recipes and Burmese Food (SBS Food).
Chindits United Football Club.
Commonwealth of Australia Burmese community profil.
Curtin University for International Future Students.
Curtin College.
Department of Human Services (Ex Centerlink).
Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Drug Stratagies - WA Police.
Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Canberra).
Fact Sheet 60 - Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Program.
Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre (WA).
Myanmar - Information From Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. - download Myanmar Unicode fonts for your PC.
Oceanites Cabaret Band
SBS Radio - Burmese Radio Program.
Seniors - W.A. Government Web Site.
Silver Star Wanda'rers - Line Dancing Classes.
Smart Traveller - Travel advice on Burma.
The Buddhist World - Buddhism in Myanmar (Burma).
World Vision Australia.



Thingyan Celebration 2013

This year our Thingyan Celebration was a huge success due to the below three Associations coming together with one thing in mind….. Unity.

The Burmese Association of WA (Inc).
Theravada Myanmar Buddhist Society Inc.
Next Generation GarunarShin Group

This year Thingyan took months of preparation in order to get the end results on the day. When I visited Burma in January I bought 20 sets of Min Ta Mee costume materials with the funds sanctioned by BAWA. The materials were sown into Min Ta Mee costumes by Aye Mon Oo for the dancers to wear for the different Burmese Cultural Dances on the day. The day started off with 5 Monks from different Buddhist Monastery headed by Ashin Indaka of the TMBSWA  Monastery Mirrabooka, who came along and blessed the venue. After the Monks left, the followers from TMBSWA came along to offer their respect to the elders who were invited with presents and a lunch… The celebrations then started.

It took 8 weeks of practise, dedication and preparation by these young girls, Aye Mon Oo, Phoo, Thuzar, Hnin Myint Zu, Ohn Mar Lar Win, Khin Ohn Mar Win and Khine Zin Oo. There were 12 different acts and all of the dances were of a very high standard, enjoyed and applauded by all our guests. The DOZZ band entertained the guest in between acts and was appreciated by all, as they produce songs that were popular and well known by everyone.

Ko Yan Aung and Nikki Thein Shwe with the help of many of their friends from the Buddhist Monastery took on all responsibility to cook the Kyar Zan Hin Gar and Moke Lone Ye Baw to feed the hundreds of guest who came to support and join in the fun of celebrating the Burmese New Year “Thingyan.” There were barrels of water out in the car park, and very surprisingly nearly half the guest were out there pouring water on one another and having the fun of their life, just like back in Burma. I got talking to quite a number of Buddhist people and they all hope to see that their Thingyan, celebrated by all in one place as One United Burmese Community is the way forward the in future.

I hope that we will all be able to achieve this one day.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who gave their time, support and helped in anyway, especially the MC for supporting me all the way.

Denzil D'Vauz

Click here to view the photo gallery of our 2013 Thingyan Festival

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