Myanmar’s traditional Ogyichet (cooking in big pot) method and practice which is
traditionally used at donation and wedding ceremonies is gradually fading out.
To counteract this loss of a tradition, Myanmar Restaurants Association will hold
its second Ogyichet event – a competition
named “Ahludaw Othagyi” – at People’s Park in Yangon for three days from March
23 to 25 with an aim to restore the method and practice.
People living in Myanmar with experience of ogyichet may take part in the competition
in teams comprising seven people.
Yangon City Development Committee and the Department of Health will help the
participants cook healthy foods.
We will judge the participants’ qualifications
on how to correctly light and quench a fire and to prepare the ingredients,”
said U Nay Lin, chairman of MRA.
Four bags of rice and 160 viss (576 lb) of meat will
be cooked at the competition and the dishes will be later served to the
visitors. There will also be traditional Myanmar food and other items on
display at the competition with traditional music for entertainment. The
winners will be presented with cash prizes: first prize K,5000,000; second prize
K3,000,000; and third prize K2,000,000.
The deadline for competition
applications is March 6.
is a team-based cooking activity directed by an Othagyi (chief cook) on traditional occasions in the Myanmar’s 12 monthly
seasonal festivals to bountifully serve guests and visitors. These days, such
traditional cooking practices are seen at fewer donation and wedding ceremonies
in some regions of the country.