Taiwan’s ‘Little Burma’

A short five-minute walk from the Taipei metro terminal station of Nanshijiao lies Huaxin Street. It is here, nestled away in the concrete jungle that makes up Zhonghe District — one of the most densely populated parts of the planet — that Taiwan’s Burmese population has settled over the past several decades. The roughly 40,000 […]

Inflation lurks over Myanmar’s favorite meal

YANGON — Shan khauk-swe is a noodle dish widely devoured in Myanmar. Many street stalls in Yangon, the largest city, serve the ethnic delight, originally from the northeastern state of Shan. And despite rising prices and foreign fast-food options — Myanmar people still eat it up. A bowl of shan khauk-swe consists of rice noodles […]

Rangoon Tea House : Taking the Machismo and MSG Out of Myanmar’s Tea Shops

Burmese tea shops are manly joints. The tiny cups of sweet tea, the miniature stools that require some awkward squatting, and even the underage boy waiters that you beckon with kissy sounds—yes, cat calls—might not seem all that outwardly macho, but tea shops are where the men of Myanmar spend a good deal of their […]