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 […]

Where in the world is Pyin Oo Lwin?

Philippines – I swear it could have been Baguio. Or I may have awakened from a dream and found myself in a place very familiar, with strawberry jam being sold by the roadside and coffee trees shaded by tall pines and trees which looked a little foreign yet familiar. You would think Baguio, correct? Well, […]

Myanmar Town Wants the Secret Out: George Orwell Slept Here

​​ KATHA (Myanmar) — In the 1990s, Mr Nyo Ko Naing noticed that the handful of foreign tourists who made it to his remote hometown were carrying their own maps and looked like they were searching for something. Someone, it turns out, by the name of George Orwell. Katha was Eric Blair’s last posting in […]

Myanmar’s coffee growers bank on specialty niche

MANDALAY, Myanmar — When Tin Win Win opened Fuji Coffee House and Restaurant in Yangon in 1996, she had to make special trips abroad to source quality coffee beans. “She used to hand carry back Brazilian and African beans and process them with a mini-roaster,” recalled her son, Thu Zaw, who now heads the family’s […]

Myanmar gets a taste of Singapore

Independent operators and established restaurant chains from Singapore are making inroads into Myanmar’s nascent dining scene. YANGON: Myanmar is turning into a hot culinary destination with delights from the Lion City. In the last six months, six Singaporean restaurants have opened in Yangon. Singaporean Ringo Wong was in the shipping industry for the last 20 […]

Tony Roma’s opens first restaurant in Myanmar

Tony Roma’s opened its first restaurant Monday in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Orlando, Fla.-based Romacorp Inc., parent to the casual-dining chain, said the restaurant was developed with franchise partner APEX Food and Beverages Co. Ltd. of Yangon, the Southeast Asian nation’s largest city, with nearly 5 million people. Tony Roma’s is the first U.S. […]

Yangon Tax Department Announces Restaurant Crackdown

YANGON — Yangon Division’s Internal Revenue Department has urged restaurateurs to use official stamps on diner receipts to indicate payment of commercial tax, warning of hefty fines for noncompliant business owners. The pre-purchase system began in Yangon last month, requiring business owners to affix stamps bought from the department to customer receipts in order to […]

Will the real Colonel Sanders aka KFC please stand up?

Yoma Strategic Holdings, the franchise partner of US-based Yum! Brands Inc’s KFC brand, says it will take “protective” action against KFC restaurants already existing in Myanmar, but did not specify what these moves would entail. It said it was “aware of … unofficial KFC restaurants” in the country, but did not know their “exact numbers […]

Yangon bomb accused tells court he faced death threats

A man charged with allegedly carrying out bombings in Yangon in October 2013 has told a court he was told he would be killed if he didn’t plant the devices. Saw Myint Lwin is accused of placing bombs at Western Park Ruby restaurant in Ahlone township and Traders Hotel on Sule Pagoda Road. While the […]

Sharky’s One-Man Empire Brings Locavore Cuisine to Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — Tired of running a nightclub in Geneva, the businessman known as Sharky was looking for a second act. So he returned to his native Myanmar and hatched an unlikely idea: growing and making fine food in an impoverished military dictatorship. Sharky, whose real name is U Ye Htut Win, has spent a […]