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  1. I had burmese food for the first time at a restuarant called Burmese Superstar in San Francisco, CA and I have been hooked ever since. Unfortunately here in Detroit, Michigan we don’t have a Burmese population (not that I know of at least) and so there is no where I can go to have some Burmese food. I love your blog and recipes and I thought I’s stop by and let you know because I can try and make Burmese food at home with your lovely recipes. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for your comment Ebony

    – Cho

  3. I love Burmese food. MY mom was born in Burma and lived there till she was 28. She settled in India later. We used to Mohinga, Lepet, Atthough, Kow Swe etc. Now, I am in Michigan and am ready to drive 4-5 hours to go to a Burmese restaurant. If you can let me know of anyplace in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, please let me know.

    Thanks – P

    1. Hi P
      It’s a long way to drive for some Burmese food! I have not come across any restaurants in the states you mention. You might be able to buy laphet via mail order from a couple of Burmese suppliers – have listed in my links.
      – Cho

  4. I love Burmese food, but I haven’t been able to find any recipes that produce food as good as Mandalay Cafe (Silver Spring, MD formerly of College Park). If the secret is the onion oil, I think I may be out of luck. I’m currently in Nashville and the Asian markets around here are rather hit or miss. Is there any substitute or something I could make at home?

    1. Hi Acacia
      We use either onion oil or garlic oil – really easy to make it yourself. Just slice onions (lengthways) or galic thinly and fry in peanut oil. As soon as they are turning golden, remove from the oil. Don’t let them burn! Use the oil and the crispy onions or garlic in the salad.
      – Cho

  5. Joy the Baker says:

    This looks fresh and delicious. Totally something I could get behind! Lovely!

  6. Ebony, I also live in the Detroit area and am passionate about Burmese food. I was born in and spent my childhood in Burma. My siblings in San Francisco and Los Angeles have several choices of Burmese restaurants, but we have none whatsoever in Michigan. If anyone hears about a Burmese restaurant opening up, please pass the information along. Thanks…it’s been interesting reading all the comments and thank you very much for recipes on this site. I will be trying out a few over the weekend.

  7. Aunty Kitty says:

    Your cabbage thote is simple and appealing. Adding a few sliced fresh red chillies or a tomato I think will make the dish more colourful.

    1. Hi Aunty Kitty
      Thanks for the tip.
      – Cho

  8. Cho, i love love your recipes and website. I will probably try and get your book here in Singapore. The thing is there are tons of burmese restaurants in Singapore but for me I would love to be able to cook a hearty meal at home by myself. So I was wondering if you have Kyarzan Chet recipe? Is it available in your book? I don’t think I have seen it on your website.

    1. Hi Cryst
      You’re lucky in SG to have ‘little Burma’ with all the restaurants. I miss browsing through the shops there to pick up pickled tea leaf 🙂 I’m not exactly sure of Kyarzan Chet recipe you mentioned. Is it in a soup or fried as there are several I can think of.

      – Cho

  9. Aww, you should visit here again. True though, that its so a lovely feeling to browse through the burmese shops to find so many little packages of things which remind me our the childhood. Kyarzan Chet I was asking about is in a soup form. Clear glass noddle, chicken, with some yellow bean sheet and dried wood mushrooms if I’m not wrong. Ring a bell?

    1. I would love to visit SG again 🙂

      Yes I know the soup, will email you with details.

      – Cho

  10. Oliver B. Pollak says:

    Michigan hungering for Burmese food may find some in Fort Wayne, Indiana

  11. Janis Chrissikos says:

    There is a Burmese restaurant in Fort Wayne Indiana on Calhoun St. called True Friend Tea House. There is also a Burmese grocery called Little Burma.

    1. Thanks for the info, Janis

  12. Thanks very much Janis on the info that there is a Burmese restaurant in Fort Wayne and a grocery store too. Hputi it is nice to know there are others here in Michigan that are Burmese food lovers. I am going to have to order some laphet online through some of Cho’s links. Thanks so much again for this wonderful blog and I will be purchasing your book:)

  13. swaroop tagore says:

    Am from india my mother was born in mamyo burma and she was an excellent cook of burmese dishes.i have some doubts here whats the name of fish sauce in burmese? and the burmese name for the shrimp powder you have mentioned? will you please mail me the names? this dish is very roughly made in chennai(india) and this is called athou i used to call it burmese coleslaw and was surprised to see you name this dish as i imagined. god bless take care and if you know the burmese names pls mail me. i am crazy about burmese food mohinga,athou,kawkswe,seejo ha ha ha.

  14. Jennifer Doliner says:

    I have a supply of balachung from my my Burmese mother-in-law, I use that in place of shrimp floss in this recipe and for noodle salad. It works really well!

  15. OMG I am hooked too after going to Burma Superstar. Searched EVERYWHERE for Burmese food- cannot find it in or near Ann Arbor, MI.

    I’m so glad I found this site. I found Burmese recipes on a different site, but those were really hit or miss to me.

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