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Foods from nine zones of MRA attract visitors at Myanmar Traditional Food Show 2018 in Bagan

Photo - Kaung Lay (Bagan)

Myanmar Traditional Food Show 2018 took place at the festival of Lawkanandar Pagoda in Bagan on 18 and 19 August with the display of local/traditional foods from nine zones of Myanmar Restaurants Association (MNA).

The nine zones were Bagan, Yangon, Mandalay, Kayah, Kyin, Dawei, Kyaikhto, Mawlamyine and Shan State (South). At the event, the zones’ foods and traditional textile wares practically cooked and woven by the participants won much attention of the visitors who were happy to see the freshly cooked bites available for them.

The foods and textile wares on display at the event included Dawei style feasts including Mohinkha, Mawlamyine style Yaysein (water soaked) Monhinkha and Panthay (Chinese Muslim style) Noodles, Thingyan Htamin (specially prepared fragrant rice served at the Myanmar New Year festival), Mon traditional textile wares, Kayin’s local foods, Kayah sausage and local foods, Kayan and Kayah’s hand-woven designs, Shan noodles and Hin-htoke, Inle dishes of Nha-htamin-nal  (a mixture of rice, turmeric and fish) and preserved pork in rice, yellowish hot tofu, preserved pork in rice, and Kin Paung Kyaw (a food of Japanese sashimi style), Mandalay’s Monte, Nan-gyi-Thke and etc.

Among the foods were also Bagan’s Pon-yay-Gyi (
fermented bean paste) spaghetti, Pon-yay-gyi salad, Htan Nyet (local jiggery made from toddy water) and tamarind-based foods and Myanmar let-thoke-sone (a kind of salad with noodle, potato, tamarind, vegetable and etc.), Kyazanchet (Bean-thread Vermicelli Soup) and various fried snacks from Yagon.

The event aimed to promote the Green Season travel as well as a sort of new promotion show to attract the travellers and to help foreign travellers know how to make these foods and participate in cooking dishes themselves.

“We plan to hold such event in Bagan once a year and roughly, we also have a plan to do so in other regions such as Inle and Mawlamyine. But, we have to wait and see the outcome of this event and if good, we will continue to do such events upon the budget,” said U Zaw Myo Latt, deputy director of marketing and promotion branch of Department of Hotels and Tourism.    

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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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