Tapping Into Myanmar’s New Taste for Foreign Food

As their nation emerges from decades of isolation, the people of Myanmar are developing appetites for new and foreign things, especially food and drink. Imports of foods and beverages have skyrocketed since 2011, driven by rising incomes, urbanisation and the influence of foreign media. Imported condiments, such as MSG, instant cooking paste, seasoning powders and […]

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 […]