They wear uniforms, organise themselves in ranks and are comfortable handling deadly weapons. Many bear scars, usually cuts or burns. But this is not the Tatmadaw. This is Myanmar’s growing corps of young, up-and-coming professional chefs.
This week Klaus Kosol, executive chef at Chatrium’s Emporia International Restaurant, shares his recipe for carrot soup, a delicious and easy-to-make dish home chefs are super to have a superb time preparing. “If you love cooking and you are interested to know something about food, ask me by email. I will respond as soon as I have time."
Yummy, tasty, delicious: What a way to raise expectations before customers have even entered the building, yet so-named Oishii – Japanese for these delectable adjectives – does just that. And being the otaku that I am for Japanese food (think “fanboy” but at slightly more obsessive levels), I had to add it to my search for supreme sushi in Yangon.
Good news for food lovers: Weekend’s guest chef for the next month will be dishing up tastes from a five-star hotel. Klaus Kosol, executive chef at Chatrium’s Emporia International Restaurant, will be sharing his easy and tasty recipes throughout August, beginning this week with a classic: shrimp in sweet cream sauce.
For the final time, this week we welcome Reuben Gould of popular Yangon restaurants Union, Gekko and Parami Pizza as our guest chef. Having shared a selection of recipes from across his restaurant menus, he is now offering Weekend readers something a little sweeter.
After years of deprivation, the Mexican food options in Yangon are getting better and better. The latest – and perhaps greatest – entry into the pantheon is Tintin Mexican street-food restaurant and tequila bar.
The capital of Kayin State is becoming a popular tourist destination. Despite the rainy season, visitors keep coming to Hpa-an to enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Zwegabin mountain and green paddy fields, explore splendid limestone caves, and watch a sunset on the Thanlwin River. Some of them like to stop by the youth community cafe called Veranda, beautifully located at the south of Kan Thar Yar lake. At Veranda, you can sip a fresh coffee and eat a healthy and light meal in the lovely relaxing atmosphere of its eco-friendly bamboo design.
Yangon may have more world-class dining establishments than you could shake a KFC drumstick at (to name just one of them), but, sadly, they are yet to make it onto the World’s Best Restaurants list. Fortunately for well-heeled Yangonites, Asia’s best restaurant is supposedly just a short flight away.
We once again welcome back Reuben Gould as our guest chef this week. As the man behind 57below’s Union Bar, Gekko and Parami restaurants, Gould’s menus are influenced by cuisines from all over the world, from Europe to Japan. While he can cook pretty much everything, Gould especially loves the fruits of the ocean, and is often the only expat in the seafood market at 2am.
Myanmar food took centre stage last month when Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne’s The Burma Cookbook was named World’s Best Asian Cookbook of the year at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards held on June 9 in Yantai, China.