Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Burmese mixed salad - a thoke sone

“I had a really bad experience with it last time I was here. But, I want it now. No, actually, I need it now”. Thoughts rumbled through my head as I watched a middle-aged dark woman at a roadside noodle stand in a local bazaar, serving up one of my favorites – a thoke sone (Burmese mixed salad).

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Why I don’t travel for fun - a recap of my 2017 SEA trip.

You know, when you are back from a long travel, people always say, “OMG, your trip looks so fun”. I just find it low-key annoying. Ok, I understand that the person has all the good intentions, but I could not help but to think, “wow, (name here) hasn’t really backpacked around, huh?” Having fun, well at least for me, is being able to sit at a VIP section of a Beyonce concert, being able to eat uni to my heart content while still being able to afford this month rent, or sitting through a full tasting menu at Noma. Backpacking in hot wet Southeast Asian countries with limited money and Internet access, or trekking among cold-ass mountains where I have to literally take sleeping pills to sleep through the cold at night is not my idea of fun. And, I honestly believe nobody should really do these things for fun. I mean, why would you?

Smoked Shrimp and Fried Meatballs from my aunt


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Orange-scented sweet red bean soup

I know the idea of red bean in a dessert form is weird, especially if this is the first time you are hearing this seemingly utter non-sense creation. I first had in when I was in middle school on a scorching hot summer day of Yangon. Honestly, I felt quit uneasy when my aunt handed to me a big cup of red bean gloop stirred with ice cubes. But, once I took a bite there was no turning back. The combination of natural sweetness and the earthiness of the red bean when reincarnated in a dessert form, was uniquely addicting.