Sugar Cane: Freshly Squeezed on the Streets of Myanmar
On the streets of Myanmar you can often hear the sound of bells coming from the sugar cane stalls. Vendors keep turning the wheel even if they are not squeezing sugar cane just to catch customer’s attention.
Vendor peeling a sugar cane. The cane comes with a dark husk as you can see on the right side of the picture. Vendors remove this outer rind and then place the remaining cane in a bucket of water.
First step to making the juice is to pass the cane through the rollers on the outer edge, which has blades to break the cane apart.
Second step involves passing the cane through the main part of the rollers several times to squeeze out the juice, which then drips into a bowl below.
Happy vendor with a glass of sugar cane juice ready for a customer. In this case, it was for me ;)
Sugar cane juice costs around 300 kyats and lime and ice can be added if you want.
It’s a very popular drink with locals, especially during the hot season in Myanmar, which is between May and October.