Whenever travel is brought up, it is inevitable that the discussion will turn toward food. Gastronomic tourism is one of the biggest reasons why people travel. If food is what you are looking for, Burma will not disappoint.
Myanmar is a tropical country with a subtropical climate. As such, people often make their food to suit the climate. Here are a few normal staples:
It can get really rainy so soup is a big thing. Soup is important as it is an effective way to warm you up without having.
Rice and grain is a normal staple in Burmese cuisine. In an area where there is often battles and lack of meat and proteins, rice is used as a primary source of nutrition. Around 80% of the country’s diet consists of rice.
Tropical climates often get ridiculously warm during the summer months of the year. In order to cool down, spicy food is utilized. Spice is a regular part of the flavor profile also due to the fact that Burma is nestled between Thailand and Bangladesh—two countries that highly utilize spices and chili.
If you are ever in Burma, you will want to try these two particular delicacies:
Mohinga is a fish noodle soup. It is one of the more common fares that you will find in every corner of Myanmar. What is great is that there is no specific type of fish that is needed to make this dish. All that is needed are they key components. This dish has turmeric, lemongrass, and a few other ingredients. It is usually served with rice and is often popular if you want something tasty in the morning.
Nearing the consistency of tofu, this is actually made of something else. Most tofu would be made of soybean curd. Shan Tohu is made from chickpeas. So you can think of like hummus but in a blocky form. This tofu is used quite frequently in Burmese cooking. What is special about this is the fact that the village where this tofu was created makes it as a social affair. So not only do you get something delicious, you can also take a bite out of the culture of Burma.
The two delicacies we’ve mentioned are easily accessible which is important. We believe that true delicacies do not have to be anything complicated. They just need to be something that the locals love and will be present no matter where in the nation you go.
Which particular Burmese delicacy would you suggest people try?