Myanmar's Second Wind
March 13, 2015 7:57 AM   Subscribe

Myanmar's Second Wind
I've had the good luck to have spent a bit of time in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma (and no, please don't ask me why I don't use that word, it's a long story). I work in tech. So, here's a series of stories I'm writing about it. You may or may not have known that in spite of all the incredible challenges the country still faces, there's also – what shall we call it? — a glimmer, of hope? That a lot has changed? That for example, a SIM card cost $2500 a few years ago, and $250 a year back (when I got mine), and now it's $1.50 AND available also to foreigners at the airport when you land? It is an incredible country. I hope you'll get to see a little bit of it through this. I really should update it more (I have about 5 more interviews/profiles lined up).
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posted by popagandhi (2 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I live and work in the Bay Area, CA and one of our clients is Burma Superstar (restaurant group).

They are amazing generous lovely people who have given us great opportunities to learn about their culture (complex and interesting) and as an added bonus, make delicious food.

Tea Leaf Salad is one of those things that, after you try it... you wonder, where has this been all my life?

looking forward to digging into your posts and I'll send them along to our client!
posted by bobdow at 3:26 PM on March 13, 2015

@bobdow wow, that's great to hear!

Tea leaf salad is truly great.

I am also a huge fan of their barbecues (on the streets of Yangon) and various noodles!

If you ever get the chance, you must try Rakhine seafood especially the dish 'mote ti'. SO GOOD. In Yangon there's a lovely place called Minn Lan Mote Ti, and I can't recommend it enough.

Also, an interesting mash up of Bay Area 'artisan' sensibilities and Burma: Sharkey's in Yangon. Incredible. Guy has his own SALT PANS in Ngapalli. Has $3 fleur de sel. Makes head cheese. Read more about him here! Glad that we both love the country, its people and food :D
posted by popagandhi at 11:12 AM on March 14, 2015

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