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Wai Wai Kyaw, our guest chef for this week, shares her twist on a Myanmar staple – laphet thoke, or green tea leaf salad. The ubiquitous dish can be found at just about any tea shop in Myanmar, but Wai Wai adds a couple of new ingredients to the dish to set her guesthouse’s recipe apart.
It’s too good to be true, I told myself. It could never satisfy the cravings – a crisp crust, gooey cheese – that have tormented me for nearly two years now. But when Liberty Pizza opened one month ago, its signage promising “Bigger Bite, Bigger Slice, Better Taste!” just around the corner from this New Yorker-in-exile’s office, I allowed myself to believe it.
The new bar on Bo Aung Kyaw Street joins an ever-growing list of trendy spots. Is it industrial chic? Western saloon? Hipster Brooklyn? The jury is out on the theme, but either way, Father's Office exudes minimalistic vibes and pulls off a minimalistic menu.
In such a resource-rich region, using natural products only seems, well, natural. Steve Pegelow, our guest expert based in Hanoi, shares his recipe for a homemade body bar as an alternative to store-bought scrubs, made entirely of ingredients from your local market or grocer.
You could be forgiven for walking right past Cyclo Restaurant on Lanmadaw Street, but it would be a mistake to do so. If not for my friendly taxi driver, I too would have gone straight by the unassuming exterior, and missed the tasty Vietnamewse dishes within.
There's really nothing quite as comforting as this combination of starch and cheese, bubbling hot, with a crispy topping. And yet I don’t find myself turning to it all that often – perhaps because it seems like a bit of a production with lots of clean-up. And yet, some days just call for a hearty home-made mac and cheese – like this one, with roast cauliflower, white beans, and smoked cheddar for extra flavour.
This week’s guest chef Myat Noe Swe shares her recipe for a sweet treat from N’s Sweet Cakery, her home-based online bakery business: a Green Tea Milk Pudding that is silky smooth and goes great with a cup of coffee for dessert.
Walking in to Shan Yoe Yar – if you can find it behind its Myanmar-language-only neon signage – is a clear departure from the typical Yangon food scene: It is not a tea shop, a chain or a Western restaurant. But it just might be the best Shan place in town.