Sunday, 4 January 2015

Guide to Burmese Food on Huffington Post

MiMi's Burmese Kitchen
Fritter Seller in Mandalay

36 years ago today, my mother, father, and two brothers disembarked from a plane at Heathrow Airport. I was a stowaway, born four months later.

As well as the anniversary of my family's arrival in the UK, today is also Independence Day in Burma (aka Myanmar), marking 67 years since Burma left the British Empire*.

To celebrate both these occasions, I'm delighted that the Huffington Post has given me the opportunity to talk to you about Burmese food, and share my tips for eating and drinking in Burma.

Here's my Insider Food Guide to Myanmar - see also below for photos of all the various dishes which I describe in detail:

Typical Burmese spread
Mohinga, our national dish

Mandalay thick round rice noodle salad
Mandalay Noodle Salad (Mandalay Mohntee / Mont-Di)

Lahpet Thohk - Pickled Tea Leaves Salad

Ngapi Yay-Jo with blanched vegetables - Similar to Bagna Cauda, Ngapi is Burma's lifeblood
Shan Tofu blocks and Fritters
Tohu Nway - Warm and Melted Shan Tofu
Burmese Blood Sausage
Wet-Na-Ywet Thohk - Pig Ear Salad
Mandalay Meeshay (Mixian) street vendor

Pressing sugar cane to make fresh juice
Jun-yay - sugar cane juice

A hermit in Chinatown, Yangon (yes, such is the draw of good food that even the hermit comes out for it)
Frying in Chinatown, Yangon
Typical Tea Shop in Burma

Various fritters fresh from the wok
Shan Tofu Fritters (Na-Byan Gyaw)
"Pig on a stick" stall
Wet-thar Doke-hto - Pork Skewer Stall

My Insider Food Guide to Burma / Myanmar on Huffington Post

Buy my cook book NOODLE! (100 Great Recipes) here

*and yes, my family are fully aware of the irony.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide 2014

It's not too late for you to pick up the perfect Christmas present for the foodie in your life (including you!). All these gifts can be bought instore or ordered online in time for the big day.

Let's start with a plug - snap up my Noodle Secret Weapons Cookery Kit from Sous Chef - last orders for standard delivery at 3pm today! You'll find a whole range of fantastic gifts for the amateur or professional chef, and express delivery is available till the 22nd

Gorgeous macarons, sumptuous marshmallows, luxury nut brittle and more from Macarons and More - last orders 23rd Dec!

Run to Brompton Food Market in South Kensington. Tell them your budget and throw yourself upon their mercy or opt for one of their set Hampers - I've got my eye on the Best of Brompton

How adorable is this hedgehog mug from Paperchase? There's an equally covetable owl mug too - whimsy at its best from their Dreamscape range

I *hate* the name, but love everything I've tried so far from Manfood. This set from Harvey Nichols must be another winner - The Cocktail Jam Gift Box comprising Mojito, Bramble, Negroni and Bellini jams

Tassen face bowls from the Southbank Centre Shop. Jolie laide as the French would say. There are chirpy egg cups and a lugubrious teapot too, all reminiscent of John Tenniel's Alice illustrations for Lewis Carroll

Adventure Time Cookie Jar - it's Jake! Jake! From Forbidden Planet

Toasted StayPuft Marshmallow Man - look at his cross little face. From The Cinema Store

Blade Runner whiskey glasses. Make like Deckard with these chunky beauties. Oh yes. From Firebox - order by midday Thursday 18th!

Last but not least, these toy food shopping sets are aimed at the little foodie in your life. I (not so) secretly want all of them for myself. From IKEA

So run / order online as fast as you can to make sure you have the perfect Christmas gifts!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Perfect Christmas Present - Signed Copy of NOODLE! with Free P&P!

Snowman noodles

So it's that time of year when you're thinking, 

"I can't possibly get Mum a gift of smellies again", 
"I've no idea what to get for Dad!", 
"Would Gran want another scarf for Christmas?", 
"What am I meant to get for my brother this time?"

Rudolf eating tamen

Here's the perfect Christmas present solution for my readers in the UK - a signed copy of my book NOODLE!

Your friends and family will love you, and you'll reap the benefits as they lavish noodle dish after noodle dish upon you.

As for the book itself, not only will it have my beauteous signature inscribed on it, I will even draw you an exceedingly shabby Christmas-themed doodle inside!

  • Ever wanted a picture of Rudolf eating ramen?
  • Or Frosty the Snowman wistfully eating summer rolls?

Just let me know what you want (awful puns and all)!

And for a limited time running up to Christmas, post and packaging is free, so you'll only pay £12.99.

Click on "Add to Cart" below - last orders by Friday 12th December to ensure delivery by Christmas - UK readers only.



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