Sunday, 29 November 2009

Barbecued Pig Tails and Crunchy Sparrows

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So we've just arrived in Burma and have had about 12 airline meals in the space of 24 hours. Of course, my family immediately tries to feed us, but what should we have when we're feeling so delicate?

I decide we can just about nibble some light bites, so we pile into the car and head to the latest favourite
a'gin zein (literally "grilled stuff shop") called "The Prome".

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Located on Pyay Road, Yangon, The Prome is much like all the other barbecue huts I've been to in Burma (though a tad more upmarket ie expensive).

After perusing the menu for a few minutes (there's soups and salads as well as ... sushi), I think "sod it" and I wander over to the BBQ pic'n'mix.

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There's tonnes to choose from, but I manage to restrain myself from grabbing too much, and stick to the goodies in the basket above.

Quails, sparrows, a curly pig tail, pig ears, chicken gizzards, squid, a massive prawn, pork belly and some lurid pink square salami.

And for veggies, there's lotus root, oyster mushrooms, garlic cloves and danyinthee aka jengkol - a type of bean I adore even if it does cause djenkolism (jengkol bean poisoning), symptoms of which include "spasmodic pain, gout, urinary obstruction and acute renal failure".

And just to add insult to injury, it also gives you unholy flatulence. But no gain without pain, right?

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So a short while after I hand my basket of goodies to the nearest waiter to be grilled, dish after dish begins to arrive.

Particularly good are the crunchy chunks of pigtail, as well as the separately ordered wet-thar dohto ("pig on a stick" ie piggy innards).

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I'm also digging the crispy little sparrows which we crunch down, bones and all.

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As expected, the danyinthee is wonderfully more-ish (similar to the sator bean you can get in this country), although hubby eyes it warily, identifies it as the "poo bean" and refuses to try it. More for me then.

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To finish our relatively ascetic meal, my a-Ma (Burmese for "older sister", here referring to my cousin) orders us yay-gè thohk - literally "ice salad".

Yay-gè thohk is a little like ice kachang, but without the disturbingly savoury kidney bean/sweetcorn element. Sweet and peanutty, it's a good palate-cleanser, and a nice, refreshing end.

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So after paying the somewhat hefty bill, we pile back into the car and pootle off to bed before it's time for the next round of competitive feeding ...


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The Prome Restaurant
Pyay Road
Yangon
Burma


12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, that's quite a feast!

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  2. What a spread! I like anything on a stick and this looks like a winner!

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  3. @KirkK - It was really hard to restrain myself from getting more!

    @Su-Lin - Yeah - food on sticks are twice the fun as you'll have seen from my kushikatsu post ;)

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  4. That's an excellent array of 'light bites'!

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  5. I feel like I should clarify - the basket at the top fed five of us :)

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  6. Ghods, it looks like the sort of place where I would go once and then come back with a notebook camera and feeding irons as often as the rest. Great photos once again.

    And what were french fries doing on that menu?

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  7. fascinating! I know nothing about Burmese cuisine, this is a proper insight. I'm particularly intrigued by the sparrows - fab post :)

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  8. @chumbles - They should be called "international fries" ...

    @gastrogeek - The sparrows were wicked - thanks Rej :)

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  9. I really enjoyed your posts from Burma. You really can't beat stuff on sticks !

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  10. @Mr Noodles - Thank you :)

    There's more to come on Burma - unfortunately I got kinda distracted with Christmas and everything!

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  11. @Mr Noodles - Thank you :)

    There's more to come on Burma - unfortunately I got kinda distracted with Christmas and everything!

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  12. Hi I am looking for places to eat in Yangon and chanced upon your blog. Do you have any other intresting places in Yangon for fancy dinner?

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