Put a thohk in it

That’s Burmese for salad. (But you knew that)

Esquire (UK) - - Style - 5 Helm­s­ley Place, Lon­don E8; lah­pet.co.uk ran­goon­sis­ters.word­press.com thohk 235 Well Street, Lon­don E9; bil­letto.co.uk/en/users/yee-cho

By no means the best known of South­east Asia’s na­tional cuisines — cer­tainly com­pared to Thai and Viet­namese — and also long over­shad­owed by the cook­ing of its neigh­bours In­dia and China, the food of Myan­mar, or Burma to tra­di­tion­al­ists, is sud­denly gain­ing the at­ten­tion it de­serves, es­pe­cially in east Lon­don, cra­dle of all UK food trends, where the best restau­rants and sup­per clubs of­fer umami-soaked, pick­led tea leaf sal­ads, mor­eish Man­dalay frit­ters and rich king prawn cur­ries. Get it while it’s hot.

Lah­pet

Lo­cated in Lon­don Fields, this is per­haps the best Burmese in the cap­i­tal. Or­der sweet­corn frit­ters and a lah­pet thohk (tea leaf salad). Wash it down with Snakecharmer IPA.

Ran­goon Sis­ters

A rov­ing sup­per club run by Lon­don­born Burmese/Chi­nese sis­ters Amy and Emily. Watch the web­site for news of up­com­ing events and pray the gin thohk (pick­led gin­ger salad) will be served.

Yee Cho

A sup­per club at The Gun pub in Homer­ton, east Lon­don, again spe­cial­is­ing in tra­di­tional, home­cooked Burmese food. Go for khayan dhi pope

(roasted aubergine salad).

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