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    Burma Burma, which is officially known as the "Union of Myanmar" is the largest country of Southeast Asia, and borders Bangladesh, China, India, and Thailand, as well as a long coastline along the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean.

    Burmese cuisine tends to be heavily influenced by that of its neighbors. It includes dishes inspired by Chinese cuisine and Indian cuisine, as well dishes created with Burma.

    Some popular Burmese recipes and dishes include:
    • Halawa - Based on Indian cuisine's halwa, this dish is made from sticky rice, coconut milk and butter.

    • Meeshei - Rice noodles with chicken or pork, bean sprouts, and rice flour fritters. Soy sauce, chili, coriander, garlic and other spices, as well as crispy fried onions, are used to garnish the dish.

    • Mohinga - Rice vermicelli in frish borth with onions and banana-stem. It is flavored with garlic, ginger and lemon grass, and is served with boiled eggs, fried fish cake (nga hpe) and fritters (akyaw). Mohinga is considered by many to be the national dish of Burma.

    • Pao-see - Steamed buns containing egg, pork or sweet bean paste. They are the Burmese version of Chinese cuisine's bao.

    • Papaya salad

    • Samusa - The Burmese version of Indian cuisine's samosa. It usually contains mutton and onions, and is served with green chilis, lime and mint.

    • Si gyet hkauk swe - Flat wheat noodles with duck or pork, garlic, spring onions and soy sauce.

    • Thingyan rice - Rice with mango salad.


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    Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia

    By DESMOND TAN

    TEN SPEED
    Released: 2017-03-28
    Hardcover (272 pages)

    Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia
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    From the beloved San Francisco restaurant, a mouthwatering collection of recipes, including Fiery Tofu, Garlic Noodles, the legendary Tea Leaf Salad, and many more. Never before have the vivid flavors of Burmese cooking been so achievable for home cooks.

    Known for its bustling tables, the sizzle of onions and garlic in the wok, and a wait time so legendary that customers start to line up before the doors even open—Burma Superstar is a Bay Area institution, offering diners a taste of the addictively savory and spiced food of Myanmar. With influences from neighboring India and China, as well as Thailand and Laos, Burmese food is a unique blend of flavors, and Burma Superstar includes such stand-out dishes as the iconic Tea Leaf Salad, Chili Lamb, Pork and Pumpkin Stew, Platha (a buttery layered flatbread), Spicy Eggplant, and Mohinga, a fish noodle soup that is arguably Myanmar’s national dish.

    Each of these nearly 90 recipes has been streamlined for home cooks of all experience levels, and without the need for special equipment or long lists of hard-to-find ingredients. Stunningly photographed, and peppered with essays about the country and its food, this inside look at the world of Burma Superstar presents a seductive glimpse of this jewel of Southeast Asia.

    Burma: Rivers of Flavor

    By Naomi Duguid

    Brand: Artisan
    Hardcover (384 pages)

    Burma: Rivers of Flavor
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    Winner, IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel (2013)

    Naomi Duguid’s heralded cookbooks have always transcended the category to become “something larger and more important” (Los Angeles Times). Each in its own way is “a breakthrough book . . . a major contribution” (The New York Times). And as Burma opens up after a half century of seclusion, who better than Duguid―the esteemed author of Hot Sour Salty Sweet―to introduce the country and its food and flavors to the West.

    Located at the crossroads between China, India, and the nations of Southeast Asia, Burma has long been a land that absorbed outside influences into its everyday life, from the Buddhist religion to foodstuffs like the potato. In the process, the people of the country now known as Myanmar have developed a rich, complex cuisine that mekes inventive use of easily available ingredients to create exciting flavor combinations.

    Salads are one of the best entry points into the glories of this cuisine, with sparkling flavors―crispy fried shallots, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, a dash of garlic oil, a pinch of turmeric, some crunchy roast peanuts―balanced with a light hand. The salad tradition is flexible; Burmese cooks transform all kinds of foods into salads, from chicken and roasted eggplant to spinach and tomato. And the enticing Tea-Leaf Salad is a signature dish in central Burma and in the eastern hills that are home to the Shan people.

    Mohinga, a delicious blend of rice noodles and fish broth, adds up to comfort food at its best. Wherever you go in Burma, you get a slightly different version because, as Duguid explains, each region layers its own touches into the dish.

    Tasty sauces, chutneys, and relishes―essential elements of Burmese cuisine―will become mainstays in your kitchen, as will a chicken roasted with potatoes, turmeric, and lemongrass; a seafood noodle stir-fry with shrimp and mussels; Shan khaut swei, an astonishing noodle dish made with pea tendrils and pork; a hearty chicken-rice soup seasoned with ginger and soy sauce; and a breathtakingly simple dessert composed of just  sticky rice, coconut, and palm sugar.

    Interspersed throughout the 125 recipes are intriguing tales from the author’s many trips to this fascinating but little-known land. One such captivating essay shows how Burmese women adorn themselves with thanaka, a white paste used to protect and decorate the skin. Buddhism is a central fact of Burmese life: we meet barefoot monks on their morning quest for alms, as well as nuns with shaved heads; and Duguid takes us on tours of Shwedagon, the amazingly grand temple complex on a hill in Rangoon, the former capital. She takes boats up Burma’s huge rivers, highways to places inaccessible by road; spends time in village markets and home kitchens; and takes us to the farthest reaches of the country, along the way introducing us to the fascinating people she encounters on her travels.

    The best way to learn about an unfamiliar culture is through its food, and in Burma: Rivers of Flavor, readers will be transfixed by the splendors of an ancient and wonderful country, untouched by the outside world for generations, whose simple recipes delight and satisfy and whose people are among the most gracious on earth.

    My Burmese Cookbook: Part 1

    By MyintMyint Soe

    AuthorHouseUK
    Released: 2014-11-20
    Paperback (162 pages)

    My Burmese Cookbook: Part 1
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    This is a book about the wonderfully rich and vibrant cuisine of Myanmar. Myanmar has recently opened up to the world but very little is known about its cuisine. Although the country is situated between China, Bangladesh, India and Thailand, its cuisine is subtly different but yet has influences from all those countries. The recipes in my book are written for both beginners and experienced cooks alike with clear instructions. The book provides measurements in metric system and recipes are easy to follow. My Cookbook Part 1 and 2 are one of those rare books with recipes on much-loved Myanmar cuisine. They will give you great happiness and enjoyment among families and friends for years to come.

    Cuisines of Southeast Asia: Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Burmese and More (California Culinary Academy Series)

    By Jay Harlow

    Brand: Cole Group
    Paperback (127 pages)

    Cuisines of Southeast Asia: Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Burmese and More (California Culinary Academy Series)
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    My Burmese Cookbook: Part 2

    By MyintMyint Soe

    AuthorHouseUK
    Released: 2014-11-20
    Paperback (114 pages)

    My Burmese Cookbook: Part 2
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    This is a book about the wonderfully rich and vibrant cuisine of Myanmar. Myanmar has recently opened up to the world but very little is known about its cuisine. Although the country is situated between China, Bangladesh, India and Thailand, its cuisine is subtly different but yet has influences from all those countries. The recipes in my book are written for both beginners and experienced cooks alike with clear instructions. The book provides measurements in metric system and recipes are easy to follow. My Cookbook Part 1 and 2 are one of those rare books with recipes on much-loved Myanmar cuisine. They will give you great happiness and enjoyment among families and friends for years to come.

    My Burmese Cookbook Part 3

    By Myint Myint Soe

    AuthorHouseUK
    Released: 2016-06-25
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    My Burmese Cookbook Part 3
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    This book presents to you some recipes of Burmese dessert and snack, as you have never seen before. We are the nation of snack eaters at any time of the day. The food used as snacks can also be used in any special occasions. Some may survive on eating snacks without the need to sit down for a main meal. The neighboring countries and British Colonial rulers also left their mark by introducing some of their desserts into the country. However, Burmese food remains distinctly Burmese with no fusion of taste and culture.

    Under the Golden Pagoda: The Best of Burmese Cooking

    By Aung Aung Taik

    Brand: Chronicle Books
    Paperback (224 pages)

    Under the Golden Pagoda: The Best of Burmese Cooking
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    Includes over 150 easy-to-follow recipes for appetizers, soups, poultry, meat, fish, shellfish, salads, vegetables, rice and desserts that reflect the best in Burmese cooking.

    The Burma Cookbook: Recipes from the Land of a Million Pagodas

    By Robert Carmack

    Antique Collectors Club Ltd
    Hardcover (392 pages)

    The Burma Cookbook: Recipes from the Land of a Million Pagodas
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    • 175 tested and proofed recipes, all authentic and easy to prepare
    • More than a cookbook: Introductory chapters about Myanmar and its history, plus specialty subject articles interspersed, from Tea Houses, Scott Market, Local Etiquette, and 2000-year old Shwe Dagon Pagoda
    • Historical quotes from contemporary travelers interspersed throughout
    • An illustrated glossary of local ingredients, with shopping substitutes for international readers
    • Recipe measurements interchangeable in metric, UK and US imperial
    • Because of the recipes' diversity, this is a cookbook for everyone: Europeans and Americans unfamiliar with Eastern ingredients, and equally for Asians wanting to explore Myanmar's authentic culinary influences
    • Edwardian cool & chic retro design, sumptuously illustrated and photographed

    A lavishly photographed cookbook and historic travelogue, tracing contemporary and colonial Burmese dishes over the past century. With its rich traditions of empire, The Burma Cookbook highlights the best of present-day Myanmar, including foods of its immigrant populations - from the subcontinent, down the Malay peninsula, and Britain itself. The authors spent some ten years researching the book, while organizing and hosting culinary tours to uncover the country's most popular dishes. The authors had exclusive access to The Strand Hotel's collection of historic menus, pictures and photos, while contemporary photography by Morrison Polkinghorne portrays Myanmar street life.

    The Burmese Kitchen: Recipes from the Golden Land

    By Copeland Marks

    M. Evans & Company
    Released: 1994-09-08
    Kindle Edition (278 pages)

    The Burmese Kitchen: Recipes from the Golden Land
     
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    Well-known writer and food historian Copeland Marks again uses his unique talent for making exotic cuisines available to the home cook in The Burmese Kitchen, the first cookbook to examine the delicious cuisine and culture of this Central Asian country.

    Tracing its roots back some 2,500 years, Burmese cuisine results from a mixture of religious, tribal, and ethnic influences that produces delightfully varied dishes guaranteed to please even the most jaded palate.

    The recipes are diverse and reflect Burma’s regional differences. A bacon stew with mild sour flavorings show the Chinese influence from the north, while coconut spiced fish served in envelopes of cabbage points out Burma’s large and bountiful coastline. An especially interesting soup involving toasted rice and pork boiled in spices and shrimp flavoring is the invention of a tribe on the Thailand border. The cuisine of this fascinating, often-ignored nation emphasizes a dazzling array of ingredients and culinary techniques which will win praise for any cook.


     
     


     
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