At the center of a typical Myanmar dining table lies Ngapiye or fish paste sauce accompanied by a variety of vegetables that are called Toatsayar or literally sauce accompaniment. If without this staple side dish, a Myanmar man do not assume their meal is complete. Ngapiye is the boiled sauce of fish paste, pounded fish with salt, which is made complete by crashed garlic, onion and chillies. Salty and spicy taste will not fit well for foreign tongues at once, but it is perfect appetizing one for Myanmar people.
Main dish for rich Myanmar people is often meat or fish cooked with considerable amount of oil. Such curry is called Hsibyan in Burmese which means oil covered curry. Despite constant suggestions of physicians, Myanmars can not help falling in love with the curry soaked with a large amount of oil. Onion, garlic and ginger are used to kill the nauseating smell of meat and fish.
The sour or sweet soup is also essential in a typical Myanmar dinner. Its ingredients are mainly vegetables, sometimes flavored by crashed fish. Tamarind juice is used to make the soup sour. The sour soup is more loved by Myanmar than the sweet one. Because sour soup is perfect match for salty fish paste sauce. They assume responsibility of digesting fats while the main dish gives the diners a lot of cholesterol.
Sometimes, there may be some fruit or vegetable salads on the dining table. The crashed mango salad and tamarind leaves salad are the most favorite ones. The sour vegetable or fruit are made fit to eat with a series of flavour enhancers which include pounded groundnut, a little amount of salt, fried garlic and crashed chilies.
Unlike other people around the world, Myanmars are used to eat more rice and less curry.
You will feel hospitality and simplicity of the Myanmar people even in their curries and on their dining table. Even spicy taste portrays warmness. Isn’t it?