Burmese Tomato Salad

From the wet market

There are some great vegetable-only dishes in Burma, although sometimes – usually when you’re faced with a buffet of mystery meat curries – it feels as though they’re in hiding, which is a shame, because Burmese markets are just stuffed with beautiful fruit and vegetables…


The following dish became one of my favourites – which was fortunate, because it’s served almost everywhere. Most of Burma’s tomatoes seem to be grown in Lake Inle’s floating gardens – giving them a terribly picturesque start in life – before being trucked to markets around the country, where they lie in vast heaps, waiting to make it into your k’ayàn-jin-dhì thouq.*

Ripe tomatoes are mixed with smashed up peanuts, sliced shallots, hot peppers and coriander (cilantro), then doused in lime juice and garlicky oil. In some places it comes topped with crispy deep-fried garlic or shallots, and it lends itself to fridge-freestyling – go…

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