Why I Love Burmese Food (And You Should, Too!)

Since living in London I have been devouring more home cooked food than ever. Waist line…watch out!

It feels different here. The norm, living in Singapore is to eat out because it is a foodie nation, it can be much cheaper and less hassle of course in not having to wash up! Some apartments don’t have cookers due to this acceptability of dining out. The change of weather for me in the UK is making me retreat indoors but my cooking passion is returning as I can now prepare meals in a kitchen without feeling like I am in a sauna and I can enjoy winter warming dishes which bestow ultimate coziness.

Last weekend I was in home cooked, gourmet heaven. I was welcomed into an adorable Burmese family home to meet some special ladies and enjoy one helluva feast prepared by Pwaps (thinking about it right now I could eat it all over again!). I have a slight infatuation in experiencing new cuisines, sampling different and fresh tastes whilst absorbing as much information as possible on the culture. This curiosity has developed massively since living in Asia, I am always searching for new restaurants or cafes to experience but nothing beats real home cooked food. I was almost dancing in my chair, my tastebuds have never been treated to Burmese food so my eyes were like saucers as the aroma from each dish took over my senses.

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Ga Zun ywat Kyaw (Morning Glory)

Morning Glory is a vegetable, it grows in water almost like you would see reeds in a river. It is a popular vegetable in Asia.

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Left to Right: Ba Zun Hin (Prawn Curry) & A Mare That Hin (Beef & Potato Curry)

I actually can’t decide which one of these was my favourite. Neither dish was spicy which you would expect from Asian cuisine but both dishes were packed with lusty and robust flavours. The prawns were succulent and the beef was delicately tender.

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Kha yun thee ohgut (Aubergine Curry)

Aubergine curry was another winner, this was also a new one for me. This, accompanied with rice and Balachaung below, is one de-lish dish.

Nga Pi Kyaw (Balachaung)

Balachaung in its simplest form is a dried shrimp accompaniment, it has a slightly salty taste but it added a divine flavour to my rice. This has since been added to my shopping list!

What I love about Burmese food is not just the flavours which play with the balance of spice, sweet, sour and salt but it is a blend of all Asian influences such as Thai, Chinese and Indian. Some of those cuisines are very distinct and I didn’t know what to expect. I assumed it would be extremely spicy like some other Asian dishes but the mildness and heartiness surprised me. The accompaniments and presentation of various dishes within one sitting is exciting, I just couldn’t wait to dive in.

I am looking forward to sampling many more of these delights, I recommend you try them too! I am now on the hunt for Burmese restaurants in London, if you have any raving reviews please do share!

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Pwaps, our wonderful Chef!

N x


  1. Fiona Adams
    October 11, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    Beautiful piece of writing Nicci. My Mum was so happy that you all enjoyed her food. You are always welcome to eat with us any time.,

    • October 11, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Oh Thankyou so much! You may regret saying that 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    October 12, 2016 / 8:25 am

    Hey Aunty!, very glad to see you and your dishes, why don’t you do the cooking lessons. Xx love you aunty Cecil last Kyi!

  3. Freya
    October 20, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    Hi Nicci, Freya here I run a Burmese supper club in London called Yee Cho. Amazing to hear that you’ve discovered and enjoyed Burmese food. I’m hoping more and more people will try it and love it! Check out what I’m doing @yeechoburmese, I’d love to have you at one of my Burmese dinners.

    • October 20, 2016 / 7:01 pm

      Wow Freya, many thanks for your comment, I would love to come and enjoy dinner! I will try and visit soon!

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