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It's one of the culinary highlights of the year: the family gathered together from near and far, sweet treats and strong drinks, and an afternoon spent stuffing yourself to satiation before dessert. But if time and distance conspire to keep you from your family's table this year, here are our top 5 picks for the Best Christmas Dinners in Yangon. Happy holidays!
The Germans are good at many things: cars, beer festivals, World Cups, punctuality. They’re also the masters of hearty – albeit lifespan-slashing – food. And what Mahlzeit lacks in dirndl-clad Heidi lookalikes and oompah music, it makes up for in authentic, home-cooked cuisine.
Chocolate lovers can buy their treat of choice in many different flavours, but the traditional Myanmar delicacy htan lyat khe, or “jaggery”, has only been available in only one. Until now, that is, thanks to self-proclaimed sweet tooth Ma cho Lei Aung and her brand Tree Food, which introduces new flavours to the well-loved treat.
Lavish meals loaded with booze have been a mainstay of Chinese politics and business for centuries, but for many they are more a source of anxiety than joy. For some, salvation has come in the form of a middle-aged former wedding planner, the "guru" of the boozy business banquet.
The traffic choked streets of Hledan probably don’t conjure visions of a premier seafood destination. But with its famous nga gin (grilled fish) market and some of the city’s best seafood restaurants nearby, it’s one of the best places in the city to enjoy a taste of the ocean – without actually being near the ocean.
This month’s guest chef is Hummingbird’s executive chef Wayne Third. With a culinary career spanning more than 30 years, Third has worked in kitchens all over the world including the UK, Belize, Malaysia, Zanzibar, the Seychelles, Kenya and Australasia.
This week Weekend welcomes Chinellato Giampaolo, executive chef at Alex’s Gastro Bar, as our guest chef. Originally from Venice, Italy, Giampaolo was trained by one of Venice’s top chefs, and has since worked at some of Malaysia’s best restaurants, including Marble 8 and Marini’s on 57, in the famous Petronas towers. He has also cooked for an endless list of celebrities, including Robert de Niro, Valentino Rossi and Ronald Reagan.