Let me introduce you NEED and the Agriculture Training program’s first generation of leaders. NEED stands for Network for Environmental and Economic Development and is a not-for-profit organization that started 7 years ago in Chiang Mai (Thailand) and now it is expanding to Myanmar. Each year a group of students will enrol in this 10-month program to learn through nature, become community leaders and receive training on Land, Law & Economics.
Students are divided into groups and each day they have different tasks, although they all start their day with some very early morning exercise. They are all from different states, ethnic groups and religions. The respect they have for each other and their ability to work as a team is inspiring.
NEED’s main goals are the promotion of environmental conservation, sustainable agricultural, and economic development … Read More »
Falooda is a very popular summer drink because it’s cold and sweet. Originally it came from Persia, but it is popular from India to Southeast Asia. Each country has its own version.
It’s a mixture of rose syrup, vermicelli or agar agar jelly, basil seeds, sago or tapioca pearls (white or coloured), ice-cream, milk or water and like in this bakery… pudding. Oh, and ice to make it refreshing in the Myanmar heat.
In bakeries all over Yangon you always see locals having falooda after dinner. It’s also a very popular drink for kids because when they prepare it at home they get to add all the coloured ingredients.
Posh version of Falooda in a nice bakery downtown Yangon.
You can also drink falooda in the streets of Myanmar. This girl has her stall … Read More »
Myanmar has a huge supply of fresh fruit on every corner. Most fruits come to the big cities by road and river from the surrounding towns.
That’s right, yellow watermelon exists!
Grapefruit is very popular. This stall is in Bogyoke market.
Banana baskets like these ones, made from bamboo, are everywhere and local people buy them to use as offerings in the temples.
I would say sour plums are the most popular with the locals.
Sour plums are bake out in the sun and heat. Quite strong flavour but you should try them!
Jackfruit has it origins in the south western rain forests of India. It is the largest tree-borne fruit and can weigh up to 35 kg.
The outside of jackfruit is scaly and the inside is soft and spongy.
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E Kya Kway is one of the most popular snacks in Myanmar. The people of Myanmar have a sweet-tooth and the teahouses around the country are always stocked with a good variety of cakes.
You will find churros in street stalls like this one. Here there is one guy preparing the dough and another one frying them.
Using big chopsticks to turn the churros in the pan.
E kya kway and steamed yellow beans… perfect combination!
Teahouses usually have them and other sweet things laid out on the tables. Once you’ve ordered your tea you just help yourself and then pay for what you’ve eaten at the end… good luck trying to resist ;)