Attending a cooking class has become an important part of my travels – especially in Southeast Asia. As people kept recommending to do the Burmese cooking class in Inle Lake I signed in for a class on a Saturday morning.
We met our cooking instructor next to the Mingalar Market to stroll around the local market. It’s a perfect introduction to learn more about the local products and the necessary ingredients before actually start cooking.
Aprons, spoons and a lot of chili
We were lucky to be a small group of only four so we could take a bigger part in preparing the different dishes. I was responsible for the Avocado Salad, the Pumpkin Curry and the Shan Noodle Soup. Based on my observation of the other preparations it seems like a bunch of garlic and chili is the basis for almost every dish. Sneaking some snacks in between (mainly the avocados) it took us about 1,5 hours to prepare the whole buffet of 9 dishes – 4 curries, 4 salads and a soup. I reckon I don’t need to mention how incredibly delicious every single dish tasted.
I would highly recommend the Burmese cooking class while staying in Myanmar. No matter where exactly you are going to attend the class I can promise it will be a great and delicious experience. In the beginning of my time in Myanmar I was quite skeptical about some dishes and snacks as they use a lot of ingredients that used to be unfamiliar to me but in the end I loved these ones the most.
A little something I’ve learnt about the cuisine
- Chili and Garlic are ingredients for (almost) every dish
- Burmese people love to grow there own herbs, vegetables and spices
- And they have a giant knowledge of all these ingredients
- They love to put different nuts and seeds on their dishes
- ‚Spicy‘ means spicy! (which is actually not a surprise in an asian country)
My must-try list of the Burmese cuisine:
- Tealeaf Salad
- Seaweed Salad
- Avocado Salad
- Tomato Salad
- Pumpkin Curry
- Peanut Curry
- Rice Cakes
- Sesame Seed Candy (soooo addictive)