hsa*ba burmese cookbook
A cookbook that gives a rare view into a country and its culture through a collection of treasured family recipes.
Accompanied by beautiful photography, this is an essential award-winning cookbook for anyone who wants to create simple authentic Burmese food.
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From the back cover:
Early one morning during our stay in Rangoon, my cousin, Myint Han, came back from the market with two heavy plastic bags. ‘You’re in luck,’ he told me. ‘It was full moon last night so it’s time to eat crab!’ The Burmese believe crabs are at their best at this time of the month, when they come out to feed during a low tide.
The crabs were simply boiled and served with a sharp dip of soy sauce, lime juice, crushed garlic and chopped green chillies. The salty sour combination complimented the sweet succulent meat of the crab. It was the best crab I have ever tasted. After two breakfasts, and still only ten o’clock in the morning, I could not eat more than half a crab while my husband somehow put away nearly two. ‘Hsa ba,’please eat, Myint Han encouraged. ‘Htut hsa ba,’ eat more!
|Format:||Paperback 240 pages|
‘Seldom does a book arriving with so little fanfare make such a splash in the kitchen….This book deserves to get widespread international recognition.’
– Time Out London
‘The book is beautifully designed…It contains stunning photographs and beautiful examples of Burmese script. It’s a rich, engaging tome that opens up the under-explored cuisine of this little-known country.’
‘The book, which means “please eat” in Burmese, combines recipes with the author’s personal tips for preparing and eating traditional foods, and her relatives’ “unspoken secrets that make a particular dish outstanding.”’