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