Because of Myanmar’s political situation, information regarding these locations is difficult to come by. The information in this blog post might be outdated.
The great Anthony Bourdain left his mark everywhere he went. When his death was announced to the world in June 2018, media throughout the globe chimed in and listed all the great things he had done for their respective city, town, province, country. Whereas before, tourists would shy away from exotic foods, thanks to him, travellers now go the extra mile to find and try local bites. With this in mind, here are all the restaurants Bourdain visited and the dishes he tasted when he shot Anthony Bourdain Myanmar for his show, Parts Unknown Season 1 Episode 1 (originally aired April 14, 2013):
In Myanmar, salads are called “thoke” and can come in many
different kinds. There’s pig head salad with kaffir lime leaf. Long bean salad
with sesame and fish sauce is also common in Myanmar. Then there’s pennywort
salad and a salad of Indian-style samosa.
Min Lan Seafood Restaurant is a bustling seafood house in Yangon
known for its fresh fish and other seafood treats. Here, Anthony Bourdain was
acquainted to the quirky Burmese habit of making a kissing or smooching sound
to attract the attention of waiters.
DISH – Lahpet Thoke – Anthony Bourdain Myanmar
WHAT IS IT?
Lahpet Thoke is the famous fermented tea leaves salad of
Myanamar. Cabbage, tomatoes and roasted peanuts are mixed with the fermented
tea leaves. The mix is then seasoned with lime and fish sauce.
19th Street in Yangon transforms into a street food
market at night, and Kaung Myat Restaurant is one of the popular stalls there.
DISH – Chicken Curry – Parts Unknown Myanmar
WHAT IS IT?
Myanmar’s take on chicken curry involves slow-simmering the
dish. It is then often served with a side of sour soup made from Roselle leaves.
Of course, expect an assortment of relishes to go with it – ground chili and
pickled bean sprouts to name a couple.
WHERE IS IT?
Sarabha Restaurant Taunghi Village of the Nyaung Oo Township Old Bagan, Myanmar
Unfortunately, this restaurant has since closed its doors.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN MYANMAR NOTES
Sarabha Restaurant is a roadside eatery in Old Bagan.
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