Sweets & Desserts

Falooda, the most popular dessert in Myanmar?

Posted on October 9th, by Juan in Food & Drink, On the Street. 6 comments

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 »

Exotic Fruits in Myanmar

Posted on July 4th, by Juan in Food & Drink, On the Street. 8 comments

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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Snacks in Myanmar: Churros

Posted on July 1st, by Juan in Food & Drink, On the Street. No Comments

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 ;)

Sugar Cane: Freshly Squeezed on the Streets of Myanmar

Posted on April 11th, by Juan in Food & Drink, On the Street. 2 comments

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 »

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