Tofu Chat

“Tofo Chat” is a deep fried tofu cooked in fresh tomato sauce and shallots. Very simple and very easy to cook because you can prepare the whole dish in 15-20 mins. With an exception of this dish  many of Myanmar dishes needs many ingredients, hours of chopping and preparing. Tofu Chat or cooked tofu is a quick dish you can make for your vegan/vegetarian friends for casual lunch.

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To make tofu chat, you will need the following ingredients:

Dry ingredients:

Half  tbs of Salt
Half tbs of cumin
Half a cup of oil (to deep fry tofu)

Fresh Ingredients:

Tofu (the firmest you can find! If not extra firm will do)
4-5 very ripe & juicy tomatoes (dice them)
half of a large onion or 2 shallots
2 bird eye chili (add more if you like spicy)
Cilantro (Coriander)

Instruction:

Cut tofu in medium thin squares. Turn on the heat to high, add oil to pan and bring it to highest heat. Then add tofu and deep fried them (each side about 5 mins) or until it turn golden brown. please be careful with tofu because it is fragile especially if you are using not very firm tofu. (I think best way to fry is to use chopstick to turn sides). When it is done, add it on a kitchen towel paper.

In a hot pan, add oil, add cumin then add onion or shallots. Fry them until they are golden brown and smell nice then add dice tomatoes, fry in medium heat, add some water then cover, cook for 20 mins (or until it reach to the point where when you stir, it break down and very soft).

When the tomato is very soft, add tofu until the sauce juice run through it.
In a small bowl, add tofu chat, garnish it with cilantro and bird eye chili.

Bon apetit!

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Own Noe Khao Swe

“Own noe khao swe”, literally known as noodle with coconut milk is one of the local favorite dishes in Myanmar. This delicious dish with braised chicken drumstick in coconut milk is popular for its creamy soup and crunchy toppings. People in Myanmar usually make this dish on the weekend to share with their loved ones.

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To make this famous dish you will need the following: 

Dry Ingredients:
2 tbs of cumin
2 tbs of paprika
3 tbs of curry powder
2 tbs chicken stock
chilli powder (optional)
1/2 cup of yellow curry paste 
1 can of coconut milk
3 tbs of fish sauce 
1 tbs of salt 
1 tbs of sugar 
1/2 cup sunflower oil 
4 cups water
10 dumpling wraps 

Fresh Ingredients:
Egg noodles (or lo mein)
Chicken drumsticks (10)
Cilantro (coriander)
Spring onion
Lime/lemon
Onion

Instructions:
In a saucepan add oil and when it gets hot, add curry paste, paprika, curry powder, chili powder fry them together for 3 mins then add coconut milk, little by little while stirring. Keep an eye on it as the curry can burn. Turn the heat to medium high and dd chicken to the pan, fry for 5-7 mins, then add fish sauce, salt, chicken stock then add the rest of the coconut milk, water. Cover and cook for 30 mins in a low heat. While the curry is cooking, let’s prepare the noodle!

In a pot boil 3 cups of water, bring it to boil and add the noodle (cook according to the instruction). After the noodle is cooked, soak it in cold water then drained the water. Put some oil to it and mix well (so it won’t stick).

Let’s prepare topping! Cut dumpling wraps in to strips. In a frying pan, add oil, let it sit for 4 mins then add dumpling wraps and deep fry for 3 mins (pay attention as it can burn very quickly)

To prepare a dish: place noodle in a bowl, add curry, top with crunchy dumpling strips, garnish with fresh cilantro and spring onion. You can also add chili powder, fresh onion and more fish sauce. Serve immediately! Bon Appetite!