Sunday, 28 May 2017

Eating in Myanmar (Vegan/Vegetarian)

  To start this blog post off, Kyle and I have changed our diet to a plant-based one for about three years now and decided we were going to commit to it while we did our travels as well. One thing we did know heading to Myanmar was that the country was widely buddhist and buddhists tend to swing more vegetarian. Moreover, we knew there would be plenty of options and opportunities to try different vegetarian dishes without too much trouble.

  The first guest house we stayed at, I was quick to ask reception what the word for 'vegetarian' was in Burmese. The lady behind the desk was very kind and wrote me some phonetics on a small piece of paper. Writing this post, I wish I had taken a photograph of it as it has stuck in my head as a memorable visual. The letters read "that that look". Now one could argue that this word is not accurately pronounced this way but it was a good start for me. The more I used this word, the more the locals helped me to hone in on the pronunciation. Apparently the word means 'lifeless', which worked great for us.

  Initially, I was wary about eating our meals at food stalls on the street and I would look for the busy little shops - just because I did not want to fall ill during our travels. More and more we came to trust the street vendors and very quickly fell in love with Burmese cuisine.

  Some of my personal favourites while travelling Myanmar was the tea leaf salad, pennywort salad, and the Shan noodles.

  Most of our meals were very inexpensive (especially if we ventured into shops with locals). Sometimes our breakfast meals came to 0.50 cents Canadian!

  I hope you enjoy the photographs in this post, it really does bring me right back. Let me know if you have comments, questions, or concerns!



More photographs on my instagram, (handle:haninvan) 

A Myanmar vlog is up on my channel if you would like to see what it was like for us,

Camera body : Canon 6D
Camera Lens : Canon 16-35mm

Other links on my blog related to Myanmar:


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