Burma is a fascinating land, isolated for political reasons from the rest of the world for decades and having developed many unique culinary traditions found nowhere else on Earth. Their national dish, mohinga, somehow manages to create something rich and delicious out of catfish and shrimp paste and gave us valuable insight into the cuisine of the country.
Burma (the modern nation of Myanmar) is a southeast Asian nation with a unique culinary heritage. Influences from neighboring India, Thailand, and China are apparent, as well as local traditions like laphet, pickled, fermented tea leaves considered to be among the finer points of a Burmese meal. Food is not prepared with precise recipes, but timing and execution are critical to a dish’s success.