The Flavours of Myanmar

In my family we have a tradition of celebrating Christmas the unusual way: instead of staying home under the tree we travel to far away places. So I was very happy to spend my Christmas holidays in Myanmar (or Burma), a truly beautiful country.

On this very inspiring trip, I had the chance to discover the unique flavours of the country’s kitchen and I would like to share my impressions with you.

Myanmar fish curry inle lake

Myanmar tomatoes

You could say that the Myanmar cuisine is to some extent influenced by the famous cuisines of China, India and Thailand. It uses lots of garlic, ginger, chillies, tamarind and turmeric. A meal usually consits of a meat, fish or vegetable curry served with rice, stir fried or raw vegetables and a soup.

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Bruschetta with homegrown tomatoes

bruschetta close up

We have so many tomatoes – it’s crazy! Despite the bad weather and all the rain in the past weeks, our balcony looks like a tomato garden. I picked all the very red ones on Saturday and today there are new red ones ready to be picked again. I love it! And the summer is back!

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Spring onions, tomatoes & red lentils with Indian spices

red lentils meal

The recipe for this Indian style dish is from a brochure I picked up at Whole Foods Market in London some time ago. The brochure gives ideas for healthy dishes with whole grains. Quite informative.

I don’t cook with lentils so much, because I don’t know so many good recipes. That’s why I follow quite a few vegeterian or vegan food blogs to learn more, because lentils are so delicious and rich in protein.

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