‘Meeting Many Mouths’ in Myanmar
Tell your new Yangon friends you are going upcountry to Bagan and they will immediately request you to buy some snacks for them that are only available in Bagan, but famous all over the country. Indeed, food is a topic that occupies people’s minds for a good portion of the day. The salutation most overheard in the streets is, “Have you eaten your rice yet?”
Myanmar is a country that takes great pride in the richness of its cultural tapestry, and its gastronomic opportunities prove that to be correct. The many distinct cuisines from the different regions, each one the product of a different culture, can be sampled in a number of restaurants.
One of them is Taing Yin Thar Restaurant in Yangon, a place that has become famous among tourists and locals alike. The owner, Mrs. Yamin Aung, claims there is no other place like Taing Yin Thar in the whole country.
The variety of food offered at Taing Yin Thar represents the eight major ethnic groups residing in Myanmar. The menu, of course, is in English language, and of great help to the foreign visitor.
Many ingredients that are used in the kitchen are from the area where the respective dishes come from. The result is authentic regional tastes, hence the popularity of the restaurant. Look out for the rather spicy Rakhine food or try a milder Bamar curry. Vegetarians will find that the Myanmar National Restaurant – Taing Yin Thar offers a range of vegetarian dishes too, although the act of, for example, catching a fish is morally tricky. Buddhist belief prohibits killing of any life, and therefore the fisherman who just caught a fish will put it on the ground. If the fish then dies, it wasn’t the fisherman’s fault but someone else’s.
If one wants to converse in Myanmar language to the waiter that the food was tasty, one can say, “Gadwin dwe de” which literally means, “It met my mouth.”
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