I love salads, but never to the point of addiction as I experienced in Burma. There is so many foods to try: curries, noodles, different types of tofu, deserts. However, after the first few days, I preferred to have salad with every meal and more often than not instead of anything else, just with a bowl of rice. Whatever salad was on the menu, I ordered it. I didn’t get tired of them during my travels.
My favourite: Yum Makruatad Keow – spectacular tomato salad. I had variations of this salad all around Myanmar. Always with plenty of shallots, coriander, toasted peanuts, fried garlic, garlic-infused oil and chilli flakes.
At one restaurant I ordered off the menu ‘Avocado’ and that’s how it was served. One avocado, a few slices of tomatoes, shallots and coriander and spices. Delicious and I have been copying it ever since.
There are many other salads I had a chance to try while in Myanmar including the most famous: pickled tea leaf salad (Lahpet Thoke) which is a national favourite. It’s an acquired taste. I am not a fan but if you are in Burma you have to try it.