The Burma Cookbook: A feast for the eyes – and the belly

Myanmar food took centre stage when Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne’s The Burma Cookbook was named World’s Best Asian Cookbook of the year at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2015. We sat down with the authors to find out how their favourite dishes went from plate to page.  Over a decade in the making, and inspired…

Get hooked on hardcore prawn at Hein Seafood

Fresh seafood is one of life’s simple pleasures. There’s nothing like the feeling of the sand between your toes as you crack open the shell of a crab, the sound of the ocean lapping the shore a coconut’s throw away from your table. The traffic choked streets of Hledan in Yangon, on the other hand,…

Mahlzeit: Fantastisch German fare… in Myanmar

The Germans are good at many things: cars, beer festivals, World Cups, punctuality. They’re also the masters of hearty – albeit lifespan-slashing – food. So, when I heard about Yangon’s only German restaurant Mahlzeit, visions of smoked meats and pickled cabbage had me salivating in expectation. If you were expecting a Bavarian bier house with dirndl-clad…

The Brunch Society. They do brunch.

Naming a new restaurant is never easy. Of course, if you’re stumped for ideas you could just type the name of a popular 1980s high-school movie into a synonym generator. Job done. Located in the glitzy Sule Plaza near Shangri-La Hotel, The Brunch Society – to some extent at least – does what it says…

Wanna be a DJ? Give this class a spin

If you know your BPMs from your M&Ms, why not give Yangon’s first DJ school a spin? I’m not someone you’d expect to find in a DJing class: I own three pairs of Birkenstocks and, until recently, I thought Skrillex was a brand of cleaning product. Nevertheless, DJ KC – expert turntablist and teacher at United…

Learn the art (and the science) behind the perfect cup of coffee

Despite an unrelenting stream of coffee shop openings over the past year or so, it is still surprisingly difficult to find a decent cup of coffee in Myanmar – unless your idea of decent is three-in-one. Buying beans and grinding them at home is often the safest way – but where do you find a…

The Strand Restaurant: A spellbinding reinvention

I have had the misfortune of meeting many chefs. A lot of them are everything you’d expect them to be: Smug, self-congratulatory types with such a deluded sense of their own fabulousness that they make Donald Trump look like a humble wallflower. Very few, it has to be said, are as likeable as Christian Martena,…