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Traditional cooking competition Ahludaw Othagyi on March 23-25 in Yangon


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.
 “Officials of 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.

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Theingi Htun is a journalist who worked for two years at Yangon Times Journal and Flower News. She also worked for two years at Democracy Today News as Senior Journalist. She wrote many articles about culture, the travel sector and lifestyle stories too. Now she is working at My Magical Myanmar as a travel writer and social media executive."


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