The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 04 August 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Top restaurants fight it out

Four of Yangon’s top restaurants went head to head on April 4 in a bid to be named the first “Yangon Food Fight” champion.

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Restaurant Review: Hummingbird soars

The Myanmar Times investigates Yangon's hippest new restaurant and cocktail lounge, and is thoroughly impressed.

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Restaurant Review: KVAS Restaurant & Bar brings a taste of Russia–but not the frost

Fortunately  for those on an infrequent-flyer budget, you don’t always need to pack a bag to explore new climes. A really good national-cuisine restaurant – one where every dish feels like a new neighbourhood, every bite a new conversation – can transport you abroad like magic. But how to find authentic dishes? One surefire way is to go where the expats and immigrants go when they’re seeking a taste of home.

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Recipe: Easy babaganoush

I’m a big fan of Lebanese food, and when I lived in Australia we often served Middle- Eastern style dips with pre-dinner drinks. One of my favourite dips is babaganoush, and as aubergines ( eggplants) are easy to find in the market, this is one Middle Eastern food I can recreate at home. Traditionally, babaganoush is made using tahini, which isn’t so easy to find in Myanmar, so I’ve adapted the recipe so it can be made without. The secret to this dip is a smoky aroma and flavour, and both recipes are firm favourites in our family. But aubergines don’t just make great dips – they also work well with other dishes. This aubergine green curry recipe is one of my favourites.

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Recipe: Easy cooking, Chinese style

Last week I found myself having to prepare dinner for guests at short notice and, with some quick thinking, I managed to knock up a meal with a barbeque roasted chicken from the supermarket.

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La Taverna Mediterranean Bistro

Ever since an embarrassing incident during a Middle Eastern Studies class at university, in which I unwittingly confused a Gaza-based terror group with a Middle Eastern chickpea dip, I haven’t had much of an appetite for Mediterranean food.

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Another day, another burrito

Call me un optimista, but every time I hear about a restaurant in Yangon serving Mexican food, I hope against hope for a complete menu of enchiladas, chile rellenos, tostadas, chimichangas, tamales and chilaquiles.

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Looking for lunch in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Bangkok along the western bank of the Chao Phraya, this busy and flavoursome district became populated by Chinese traders attracted to the convenience of the river banks in the late 18th century, during the reign of King Rama I.

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Faking it with sausages

Tapas are the perfect finger food for parties and easy to prepare. But Spanish tapas dishes often include cured meats or chorizo sausage, which aren’t easy to find in Myanmar – so when I’m cooking tapas I have to be creative.

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Your search for the perfect pad thai ends here

It may be Thailand’s most famous culinary export, but finding a decent pad thai has become a near impossible pursuit.

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