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Cooking up a Storm at Monsoon

Photo by Teza Hlaing

By Noe Noe Aung
Cooking classes for children will soon be on the menu at Monsoon restaurant in downtown Yangon.Monsoon Restaurant owner, Ma Phyu Phyu Tin, said she plans to launch a short cooking class for children in April. “This idea came to me when I made a celebration cooking birthday party for my first daughter. The children really enjoyed it as they are always excited to learn new things. I planned to teach them baking pizza on that day …. they were all super happy and so creative. They made many unique toppings based on their own ideas,” she said. “The cooking subjects would be easy and light as it is meant for children to have fun.


They might cook pasta, spaghetti or pizza for example. I am just waiting for our chief chef to have free time,” Ma Phyu said. Monsoon has been running cooking classes for expatriates and tourists who want to learn about Myanmar cuisine for the past 10 years. Some tour companies arrange one-day cooking classes for tourists who want to explore Myanmar’s traditional food. “We charge at least US$50 per person for the group cooking classes. Fees can be changed according to the subjects. As for group tours, the class can be planned anytime when it is convenient for the trainees.

The courses usually include three activities – market visit, cooking class and dining,” she said.
Adults who do the Monsoon cooking classes start the day by visiting a wet market where they shop for their cooking class, exploring Burmese spices, herbs and tropical fruits and witnessing first hand Myanmar market culture. Then, back in the kitchen, the students learn to make Myanmar traditional snacks and cook some traditional main dishes before sitting down together to enjoy the food they have prepared during the day.There are regular classes for expatriates, individual tourists, group tours and for locals. Courses can be designed to suit what students want to learn about Myanmar cooking. Monsoon has run courses for people who want to start their own restaurants, for deaf people and for orphans.“As well as the children’s cooking class, I have many other ideas. I am going to make courses for couples or for families. My intention is to build solid relationships by cooking together. By learning a new thing together, the relationship between people can warm up and become bonded again,” Ma Phyu Phyu Tin said. Chief Chef of the restaurant Daw Nyo Nyo San teaches the courses at Monsoon in the restaurant’s colonial building in Thein Pyu Road, downtown Yangon.

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