Our lab has an ongoing research project examining sediment dynamics within the mangrove forests and distributary channels of the Ayeyarwady Delta in Myanmar. During each of our field efforts we are enchanted by the food of Myanmar, which has hints of Thai, Chinese, or Indian influence, but is ultimately a cuisine all its own.
After tracking down a number of hard-to-find ingredients, we gathered to create our Burmese feast right here in Seattle. In the end we made Yinmabin-Chowle Kyattha (chicken curry with okra), julienne green beans with garlic, Bottle gourd soup, and Shrimp Tom Yum Goong Soup. This last dish is actually a Thai classic, but we made it as an homage to our favorite Thai Restaurant in all of Myanmar, the famous “G7 Gym and Restaurant” in the city of Pathein, located on the westernmost distributary of the Ayeyarwady Delta.
While we can’t claim to have mastered any of these dishes, it was fun to bring a bit of Myanmar cuisine to friends and family back here in Seattle.