The Strand Café

The Strand Café has been an oasis of calm amidst the bustle of Yangon for over 116 years, offering both locals and weary travellers the perfect setting to indulge in a leisurely breakfast, a light meal or enjoy the renowned Strand High Tea.

To celebrate Myanmar’s culinary heritage, Yangon’s luxury urban resort, The Strand Yangon, recently expanded it’s a la carte menu at The Strand Café so that guests can experience traditional home cooked dishes from throughout this beguiling country.

The Strand’s Executive Chef, Christian Martena, spent many months while the hotel was recently closed for a renovation travelling around Myanmar visiting suppliers and remote farming communities to source the best organic fruit and vegetables. Back at the hotel, Christian collaborated with fellow chefs, Daw Win Mar and Daw Nant Htwe Htwe, who have both worked at the Strand for over 25 years, to create the new menu. Both ladies began working at the Strand as assistant cooks in 1993, before becoming Chefs de Partie in 2006. They form the backbone of the team at The Strand Café and the menu draws on their years of experience cooking at the hotel, as well as personal family recipes.

Menu highlights include Laphet Thoke, Myanmar’s most famous salad of pickled tea leaves, beans, peanuts, fried garlic and dried shrimp; Kahyan Thee Thoke, a wonderfully intense roasted eggplant salad with crispy garlic, fresh coriander, peanuts and sesame seeds with a garlic, fish sauce and lime juice dressing; Mohingha, Myanmar’s national dish of fish soup made with rice noodles and topped with crispy fritters and a boiled egg; and Kyay Oh, a popular noodle soup with marinated meat balls in a bone broth. Also on the menu is a selection of regional curries with a choice of chicken, mutton, tiger prawns, pork and barramundi from the coast. Myanmar curries are more delicately flavoured than other curries in the region. The fragrance and taste are subtler, incorporating ingredients such as deep-hued turmeric and mild chili powder, and using cold pressed peanut oil and untoasted sesame oil to reduce oil content.

As part of the hotel’s recent refurbishment, the café’s traditional rattan furniture and black lacquer ceiling fans have been updated with a new colour scheme, that is also reflected in the traditional Burmese longyi uniforms worn by staff. The wall paper is custom-made from antique engraving prints, showing a story of Myanmar from the era the hotel was built – It is printed with elephants and pagodas, both of which are symbols of Myanmar.

The Strand Yangon
92 Strand Road
Yangon – Myanmar
Phone. +951 243 377
www.hotelthestrand.com

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