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 »
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 … Read More »
Water vendors use huge blocks of ice to cool the water, making them the perfect place to stop for refreshment, especially in the hot season (from February to May).
Water stall on the streets of Yangon. You just take a glass, put it under the net where the ice block is, and then with the mug take some water from the bucket and pour it on top of the ice block, collecting the cold water in the glass below.
Man with his water stall waiting for some customers, he offers an on-the-spot glass of water or a bottle to take away. These stalls can be found all over Myanmar. Vendors tap the metal cups together to catch people’s attention.