Myanmar Menus and Recipes


Laphet Thote - Burmese Salad

A salad of pickled tea leaves served with various crunchy bits and sauces (fried peas, peanuts and garlic; toasted sesame, fresh garlic, tomato, green chili, crushed dried shrimps, preserved ginger) and dressed with peanut oil, fish sauce and lime. Unique and delicious

Serves 1, easily extended

(adapted from a recipe of the Daw Yeik Kyi Laphet THote Stand on Sule Pagoda Road, Yangon and the Green Elephant Restaurant in Mandalay at 27th and 6th Streets)


1    handful of pickled tea leaves, (more if desired)*                           

1    tsp of fish sauce

1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds

1 1/2 tbsp fresh yellow beans (broad or butter beans)

1 1/2 tbsp dried yellow peas

1 1/2 tbsp roasted peanuts

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp tamarind juice

1 tbsp peanut oil


1/4 cup shredded cabbage

1 sliced tomato

Qhole, raw, hot green chiles, aka Thai bird’s eye chiles

Raw garlic cloves, try to find the small Asian ones, skin on


1. Boil the tea leaves until they are soft, then rinse with cold water to remove some of the bitterness.  2.  With a mortar and pestle, pulverize the leaves and fish sauce.  3.  Transfer to a bowl and knead the mixture by hand until blended.  Using a spoon won’t blend as well.  4.  Add in all of the remaining ingredients.  Taste and adjust ingredients for the balance of bitter/sour/salty/spicy that you prefer.  5.  For a zingy option, add shredded cabbage and sliced tomato and serve the salad with raw chile and garlic cloves on the side.


Morning Produce Market in Bagan, Myanmar

For more information about Myanmar cuisine and sources for ingredients, review these sites: 

Uncornered Market - Myanmar

Burma Cuisine on Wikipedia

Wikia Burmese Recipes

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Photos courtesy of Barbara T. Bauer, 2009