Eat up!

Journal staffer shares two home recipes traditional to Myanmar


Laphet Thoke (left) is a fermented tea leaf salad. Fried Rice (right) is a dish customizable for many preferences.

Laphet Thoke

Laphet Thoke is a type of salad popular in Myanmar. The main ingredients are fermented tea leaves (the laphet) and the nuts. In addition to those two ingredients, pretty much anything can be added in it. For example, tomatoes or lettuce are a popular add on. It is enjoyed by all people in social gatherings or as a late-night snack. It’s very easy to make and delicious!


  • Two cloves garlic 
  • ½ cup laphet (fermented tea leaves) 
  • ½ cup nuts (mainly peanuts) 
  • ⅓  tsp salt 
  • ½ tsp oil 


  1. Slice the garlic into small pieces
  2. Add the garlic, nuts and laphet, which you can get at a local Chin store, in a bowl.
  3. Add salt
  4. Add the oil 
  5. Mix everything together and enjoy!

Fried Rice

Fried rice is enjoyed by many countries including Myanmar. There are many different recipes for fried rice, so this is just one example. Fried rice’s ingredients are very flexible and you can add a lot of different things. Popular options include meat or more vegetables. No matter how its made, it tastes delicious!


  • Rice 2 cups
  • Sweet soy sauce 2 tsp
  • Corn 1 cup
  • Peas 1 cup
  • Salt ½ tsp


  1. Fy the peas and corn in the same pan
  2. After a few minutes add the pre-cooked rice
  3. After waiting for about 2-3 minutes, add the soy sauce
  4. Serve