Sunday, September 25, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Note: The Myanmar Times reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals.

Review: Leave the kids behind at Mr Jones’ Orphanage

Readers of Charles Dickens would be forgiven for thinking orphanages are rather joyless places, but anyone who has visited Mr Jones’ Orphanage in Bangkok will know that they can in fact be splendiferous places of extreme bliss, filled with giant teddy bears, mountains of chocolate lava cake and miniature bottles of strawberry milk. Good news for would-be orphans then, as Mr Jones recently opened a branch of his famous orphanage-inspired café on the top floor of Myanmar Plaza.

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Recipe: Roasted tomato dipping sauce (jeow marg len)

This is a popular condiment in Laotian households; chef Seng Luangrath serves it at Thip Khao, with a dish of sun-dried beef and pork and coconut sticky rice.

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She taught Americans to respect Lao food. Now she’s trying to teach Laos, too

Seng Luangrath, the chef and owner of Washington’s only Lao food restaurant, had never been to the mountain-ringed Mekong River city of Luang Prabang, her home country’s top tourist attraction, and on a summertime visit she was eager to test her tongue.

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Myanmar chefs take home culinary prizes

Myanmar chefs struck gold in Thailand earlier this month, bringing back glittering prizes, including silver and bronze medals, from the International Culinary Cup 2016.

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Review: Curries teeming with South Indian flavours at Mangalam

After a revelatory experience in Jaipur, Ophelia Bearcat is heartened to find seeded, spiced South Indian cuisine much closer to home, on Merchant Road. 

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Offbeat eats at The Black Hat

Yangon restaurants, in my experience, tend to fall into one of three categories: Not bad; not bad for the price; and downright horrific. I firmly suspected The Black Hat Burmese Tapas Wine Bar and Restaurant would be in the latter grouping, if only because any restaurant that tries to be so many things at once usually fails to succeed at any of them. But it's much more, a restaurant so baffling that I’m still not sure quite what to make of it.

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Street eats: Ma Ei’s pork sticks

It’s not just about pork. Ma Ei’s Pork Stick emporium in Yangon’s Tarmwe township also offers salads with rice, tea leaves, potatoes, bean curd, corn and other non-pork ingredients, for as little as K600 to K800. But if pork is your thing, look no further than Ma Ei’s, which has become something of an institution among Yangon whet thar (pork) lovers.

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Wa food takes root in Yangon

Can you handle spicy foods?” the server asked me, smiling slyly. It wasn't an idle question: The Wa food served up at the new Root restaurant on Bo Myat Htun Street brings a new heat to Yangon dining.

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Sharky’s opens new restaurant in Bagan

Twenty years after he returned from Switzerland to Yangon to open his award-winning Yangon restaurant Sharky’s, Ye Htut Win – famously known as “Mr Sharky” – is this week opening a new restaurant in the historic town of Bagan.

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The tiny distillery making Japan into a whisky superpower

Ichiro Akuto’s passion for making single malts that are ‘not necessarily easy to drink’ is winning global praise.

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