The best Burmese Recipes in our collection of the Cuisine from Myanmar. Burmese cuisine is mainly an amalgam of cuisines from various regions of Myanmar. It has also been influenced by various cuisines of neighboring countries, in particular, China, India and Thailand.
Modern Best Burmese Recipes comes in two general varieties: coastal and inland. The cuisine in the coastal areas, such as that in the main city Yangon, makes extensive use of fish and seafood-based products like fish sauce and ngapi (fermented seafood).
The cuisine in inland regions, such as Upper Myanmar and hill regions, tends to use more meat and poultry although modern inland cooking too has incorporated freshwater fish and shrimp as a source of protein in several ways: fresh, salted whole or filleted, salted and dried, made into a salty paste, or fermented sour and pressed.
Best Burmese Recipes and cuisine also includes a variety of salads (a thoke), centered on one major ingredient, ranging from starches like rice, wheat, and rice noodles, glass noodles, and vermicelli, to potato, ginger, tomato, kaffir lime, long bean, lahpet (pickled tea leaves), and ngapi (fish paste).
These salads have always been popular as fast foods in Burmese cities. Mohinga is the traditional breakfast dish and is Burma’s national dish.
A popular Burmese rhyme sums up the traditional favorites: “A thee ma, thayet; a thar ma, wet; a ywet ma, lahpet” meaning: “Of all the fruit, the mango’s the best; of all the meat, the pork’s the best; and of all the leaves, lahpet’s the best”. (1)
1. Best Burmese Recipes – Burmese Kaukswe
Kaukswe is a delicious Burmese dish 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. The main dish is gluten-free, and you can choose gluten-free toppings to keep the whole recipe gluten-free! Recipe and Photo from The Curious Chickpea
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. Recipe and Photo from All Recipes
Face it: you’re woefully undereducated when it comes to the Best Burmese Recipes of Myanmar — and so were we until we picked up a copy of Burma Superstar. Packed with vibrant flavors both familiar and entirely new, this book based on recipes from the beloved San Francisco restaurant of the same name is a fantastic primer on Burmese cuisine. Learn how to make classic Mohinga and discover a favorite noodle soup you never knew you needed in your life. Recipe and Photo from Food Republic
One of our favorite Best Burmese Recipes is this Fiery Burmese Chicken served at a restaurant called Burma Superstar, along with a Fermented Tea Leaf salad (coming soon!). Since that discovery, I committed the flavors to memory and came home and recreated it for my family. They loved it. 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. Recipe and Photo from Feasting At Home
This Best 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. Recipe and Photo from Great British Chefs
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. Recipe and Photo from Paint the Kitchen Red
The most important thing you will need for this 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. Recipe and Photo from Chow Hound
Mohinga is the unofficial national dish of Burma (Myanmar). This is the best example of all of the Best Burmese Recipes we tried at home. A lightly spiced fish soup that is served over rice vermicelli noodles and garnished with cilantro, sliced red onions, lime wedges, and crispy toppings. This Burmese food is easy to make and a great starter dish for anyone interested in learning how the Burmese chow down. Recipe and Photo from Fusion Craftiness
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. On the other hand, the Thai version has Fish Sauce and Thai herbs and spices. Recipe and Photo from Recipe 52
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! Recipe and Photo from Snixy Kitchen
11. Burmese Tofu with Garlic, Ginger & Chilli Sauce
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 flavourful 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. Recipe and Photo from Vegan On Board
12. Best Burmese Recipes – Burmese Fish Noodle Soup
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. Recipe and Photo from SBS
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. Recipe and Photo from Gran Tourismo Travels
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. In fact, I recommend running out to the grocery store and picking up the ingredients as soon as possible.This isn’t your average chicken salad. It is hearty and filling, bursting with flavor and texture, and, while this might be presumptuous of me to assume, unlike any other salad that you’ve made before. Recipe and Photo from A Beautiful Plate
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