If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might remember we took a trip to Burma/ Myanmar a couple of Christmases ago (I’ve written about some of my experiences here and you can check out my iPhone photos “on the go” here)
One of the best discoveries on that trip was the food – in particular the “rice meal” Naomi Duguid refers to in “Burma: River of Flavors” (Artisan Books, 2012, pp16-17). I’m a huge fan of this book – in fact, my Cookbook Book Club cooked from Burma a couple of months ago and we were all surprised at how easy some of those more exotic flavours were to re-create at home. The rice meal is accompanied by curries, condiments, salads and other sides where all the dishes come at once and what most Burmese enjoy at least once a day. Duguid suggests that the best way to enjoy the rice meal is with other people because you can taste a wider variety of dishes. Even with just two people, at the start of our trip to Burma, Neil and I found it’s a great way to sample multiple dishes (the servings are not big and are meant to be shared). The food is not overly spicy and shallots, garlic, ginger and chilies feature prominently, as does fish sauce and shrimp paste. It’s flavourful. Burmese food certainly does not have the same reputation as its neighbours Thailand, India or China but it deserves to.
I’m excited to announce that an article I wrote about discovering the rice meal in Burma has been published in the Summer 2014 edition of Ensemble Vacations. And as a bonus, there’s a recipe for Burmese-style chicken curry, adapted with permission from a recipe by Burmese food writer and blogger MiMi Aye of meemalee.com.
Canadians – win a copy of Molly Wizenberg’s “Delancey”. Ends Sunday July 13th 6pm EST. Details here.
Many of you will know I’m in France for most of the summer. While I will be eventually blogging about things I do here, the best way to keep up with me will be by following my photos which you can do on my Summer 2014 set on Flickr or Instagram where I am @eatlivtravwrite (if you don’t have the app on your phone you can still check out the photos online.
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