In a traditional Burmese dish boiled (not steamed!) rice (htamin) always takes centre place. The rice is accompanied by a large array of curries (hin) made of fish (nga) or shrimps (pazun seik) or prawn (pazun a-htoke) or pork (wet-tha) or beef (ame-tha) or chicken (kyet), clear broth (hincho)and/or clear soups (hinga), vegetables such as cauliflower (kaw-phi-ban), cabbage (kaw-phi-htoke) or egg plant (kha-yan-thee), salads (athoke) made of e.g. tomato (kha-yan-chin-thee) or cucumber (tha-kwa-thee) with onion (kyet-tun-ni), seasonal fruits such as apple (pan-thee), banana (nga-pyaw-thee), mango (tha-yet-thee), and /or pineapple (nar-nat-thee), etc. and/or desserts such as semolina cake (sa-nwin-ma-kin). Contrary to non-Asian countries where meals are traditionally served in courses (appetizers, soup, main course and desert) in Burma all is served at once so that the diners can chose by themselves what to eat first and what last.
Popular snacks, side-dishes and drinks include mirchi bada, buknu, bhujiya, chaat, kachori, jalebi, imarti, several types of pickles,murabba, sharbat, aam panna and aam papad. Popular sweets include gulab jamun, peda, petha, rewdi, gajak, bal mithai, singori, kulfi, falooda, khaja, ras malai, gulkand, and several types of laddu, barfi and halwa.Some common North Indian foods such as the various kebabs and most of the meat dishes originated with interaction with muslims. Southern South Indian cuisine is distinguished by a larger emphasis on rice as the staple grain, sambar and rasam ,a variety of pickles, and the liberal use of coconut ,coconut oil and curry leaves. The dosa, idli, vada, bonda and bajji are typical South Indian favorites, which are generally consumed as breakfast. Hyderabadi biryani, a popular type of biryani, reflects the diversity of south Indian cuisine. Each Andhra, Chettinad, Tamil, Hyderabadi, Mangalorean, and Kerala cuisines have different tastes and ways of cooking .
Life in Burmese households is traditionally taking place on the floor. Chairs and beds are known and exist in households but are mostly used by old people only what goes especially for Burma's vast rural population. I hope you found my article on the Burmese cuisine and related matters interesting and instructive. I am German by birth but am living since 25 years in Burma/Myanmar. I know the country, its people, its culture and its history very well what has made me an authority on Burma. When it is about books on Burma, stick with the expert. After retiring in 2012 I turned writer and am writing books on Burma the country I am privileged to call home. Please do also see my Professional Photos and my profile. I have so far written and published four richly illustrated books on Burma. In my books I am writing extensively and detailed about the country, its people, culture, history and the life in it. The books are available as Kindle eBooks on Amazon.
Ampoule Monday , April 16th , 2018 - 21:55:31 PM
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