Myanmar – Street Food & Stale Politics

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This week, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won an overwhelming majority in Myanmar’s historic elections. The Guardian today published an article on the country’s traditional food scene and asks what impact the new political reality is likely to have on the country’s fascinating food culture.

In 2010, I toured Myanmar. I asked the guide to show me Aung San Suu Kyi’s house in Yangon. The area had a heavy police presence and we were only allowed to drive past her house without stopping. Below are some of the images I was able to capture from my fast moving car.

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Suu Kyi's house

Suu Kyi’s house

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Her front gate with NLD banners

Myanmar’s street food culture fascinated me. There were venders with food baskets everywhere. Snack bars at street corners were always crowded. I watched young girls making cigars and tasted wine made in Myanmar by an expat German near lake Inle! Here are some images:

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Girls making cigars

Girls making cigars

Trying local cigars

Trying local cigars

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Wine from Myanmar

Wine from Myanmar



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