It’s very rare in Burma to sit down in a café with a baby on your lap, and not have it whisked away within seconds by a cooing waitress. You often don’t even have time to open the menu, before your child is happily munching on bread in the kitchen under the careful watch of a band of temporary mothers.
Chef and author MiMi Aye, who was British-born to Burmese parents, released her book MANDALAY: Recipes & Tales from a Burmese Kitchen last Summer, and has made seismic steps for Burmese food in kitchens beyond Burma. She agreed to chat to us and tell us all about why her book has been so successful, what Burmese food really is, and how it has defined her life.
That's why we travel. And in our book, the further from our normal lives the better.
We like to get way, way off the beaten track.
Here's Burma's path-less-trodden, and how to do it: