15 Traditional Burmese Recipes

Today I want to share some traditional Burmese recipes with you. We have lived the last 7 months in Myanmar, in particular Bagan exploring the beautiful 5000 temples there. As always we spend a lot of our time eating out and sampling all of the traditional Burmese recipes we could find. I went to a small market in Bagan and went to a used book seller as I always do and picked up three small books with very old recipes for some of the main dishes. I want to share those with you.

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A note about Laurel and I. We are 74 and 75 years old now and have been nomads since December of 2010. We have visited 150 of the 195 countries in the world during that 13 years. We collect recipes frome every country we visit and post them on our website. We hope to knock out those last 45 countries and become 2 of the only 400 or so people who have visited every country in the world. What that means to you is more great recipes.

15 Of The Best Burmese Recipes

My 15 Best Traditional Burmese Recipes

1. Burmese Kaukswe
1. Burmese Kaukswe
Kaukswe is a delicious traditional Burmese recipe with curry and noodles and an array of toppings that make it extra special and extra delicious! It’s such an easy dish to make with only a few spices needed (that you probably already have) to make it! It’s a very pantry friendly recipe.
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2. Burmese Chicken Curry
2. Burmese Chicken Curry
A mildly spiced curry from Burma with a beautiful fish-infused sauce! Try it!!! Garam Masala can be found in most supermarkets in the spice section or from Asian supermarkets. You can also make your own pretty easily. This meal is excellent served with rice and Indian bread such as chapati, roti, or naan.
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3. Burmese Classic Mohinga - Burmese Food
3. Burmese Classic Mohinga
The Burmese recipe for a classic Mohinga is something you have to travel. This is one of my favorite finds in my 3 tattered recipe books I found at the flee market in Bagan.
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4. Fiery Burmese Chicken - Burmese Recipes
4. Fiery Burmese Chicken
One of our favorite Best Burmese Recipes is this Fiery Burmese Chicken served at a restaurant. Since that discovery, I committed the flavors to memory. There are two ingredients that really set this dish apart. It doesn’t have to be overly spicy. You have total control over the spice level. So don’t let the word FIERY scare you.
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5. Burmese Pork Curry - Burmese Cuisine
5. Burmese Pork Curry
This Burmese recipes version of a pork curry is the perfect example of how slow-cooking meat can transform its texture and flavor. Giving the meat a rinse in vinegar was thought to help clean it, but gives it a nice tang that balances with the richness of the fat. This is a simple, delicious recipe that uses basic home ingredients, and you can have it on the table in two hours.
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6. Burmese Khowsuey Recipe
6. Khowsuey
Khow Suey (khao suey) is the Burmese version of the popular Thai dish Khao Soi. This Instant Pot recipe is a one-pot easy version that has all the wonderful flavors of the original. A warm bowl of tender noodles and chicken cooked in creamy coconut curry broth makes this a hearty and comforting meal.
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7. Burmese Prawn Curry - Burmese Dishes
7. Burmese Prawn Curry
The most important thing you will need for this traditional Burmese recipe is Sambal Oelek. Sambal Oelek is a straight-up chile sauce, without garlic or any other flavors added. It is commonly used in Asian cooking and can be found in the Asian section of your market or online.
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8. Burmese Bouillabaisse Recipe
8. Burmese Bouillabaisse
This is the best example of all of the early French influence in the traditional Burmese recipes as well as in other SE Asia countires. A lightly spiced fish soup that is served over rice vermicelli noodles and garnished with cilantro, sliced red onions, lime wedges, and crispy toppings.
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9. Chicken Khao Soi - Burmese Recipes
9. Chicken Khao Soi
Khao Soi is the South East Asian main course. It mainly consists of egg noodles and coconut-based curry. It is widely served in Myanmar, Laos and Northern Thailand. The dish has many versions. Some regions like Burma serves a separate meat-based curry along with coconut curry. The Burmese version of Khao soi has a prominent Indian influence in the form of Indian spices and gram flour curry base.
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10. Burmese Vegan Coconut Curry Recipe
10. Burmese Vegan Coconut Curry
A Burmese style vegan coconut curry recipe with mushrooms, cauliflower, and spinach. Serve this coconut curry over sweet coconut rice for a bright and refreshing comfort dish great for any season!
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11. Burmese Tofu with Garlic Ginger and Chili Sauce Recipe
11. Burmese Tofu with Garlic, Ginger & Chilli Sauce
This Burmese tofu recipe will show you how easy it is to make your own chickpea tofu. And how to cook it into a fresh and delicious meal with flavorful garlic, ginger, and chili sauce. Burmese tofu is not made from soy like the tofu most of us are familiar with. It is made out of gram flour, which is a blend of ground chickpeas and split yellow peas. It’s cooked with water, a bit of salt and turmeric until very thick and paste-like, and then left to set.
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12. Burmese Fish Noodle Sour Recipe
12. Burmese Fish Noodle Soup
A long ingredients list goes some way to explaining the sweet, sour and salty notes of this complex noodle soup, one of the national dishes of Myanmar. It typically includes banana stem, but we’ve used banana blossom.
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13. Burmese Ohn-no-khao-swe Recipe
13.Ohn No Khao Swe Recipe
Ohn no khao swè. The dish consists of egg noodles in an aromatic chicken curry soup with a coconut milk base, typically garnished with crunchy fried noodles, boiled eggs, shallots, fried garlic, dried chili, lime, coriander (cilantro), and sometimes fried chickpea fritters.
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14. Burmese Chaaza Recipe
14. Chaaza Burmese Recipes
We call this dish CHAAZA (it’s like a khuasay but with vermicelli rice noodles instead of spaghetti).
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15 Burmese Chicken Salad Recipe
15. Burmese Chicken Salad
This incredible Best Burmese Recipes example has it all, flavor-packed Burmese chicken salad, adapted from the Burma Superstar cookbook, gets its heft and incredible texture from green cabbage, cucumber, and shredded rotisserie chicken. Yes, it really is that good. The recipe name doesn’t do it justice, but I hope that doesn’t discourage you from making it.
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