This week the Valley Café blends the best of Asian cuisine with a menu from Myanmar.
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar (also known as Burma) is the second largest country in Southeast Asia known for its well-preserved culture. Ancient Myanmar traditions are still very relevant today, despite the modernization of the region. Some key elements of the Myanmar culture are the country’s native music, its strong Buddhist beliefs and, of course, food.
Traditional Burmese cuisine is considered a unique fusion of Chinese, Indian and Thai. The use of noodles and soy sauce are adopted from China and the making of curry is an Indian tradition (although Myanmar curries are typically not as spicy). Thai influence comes from the use of lemongrass, fish sauce and coconut. When considering the blend of all three cultures, the food of Myanmar can be considered more rich than Chinese but not as spicy as Indian or Thai.
Burmese cuisine can also be classified by the variety of flavorful spices used in each cooking. Fish is commonly used in dishes, especially in the coastal region of the country. Rice is also an essential part of each meal, as it is for many Asian cultures. White rice is the staple food of Myanmar but the most popular is the highly priced Basmati Rice.
Join us at the Valley Café this Tuesday to taste the many flavors of the Myanmar culture!
(Picture courtesy of telegraph.co.uk)