Should you do a cooking course in a foreign country? Inle Lake, Myanmar


Yes, yes, yes…and especially yes you should do one in Inle Lake with Bamboo Delight.

We made these…

From le local market…

“So…how did this happen?”, you ask…

Well, dear reader, we all became professional Burmese chefs as spontaneously as my time was spent in Inle Lake.

I woke up that morning with no plans, unsure I’d stay longer since I’d already done the lake tour.  A German girl I’d been on the tour with, asked me at breakfast if I’d want to join her and some others staying at the hostel for the cooking course.

I was in!

The guy of the husband-wife cooking combo led us charismatically through the local markets…showing us some of the more common ingredients used in their cooking.

Some of these included wet tea leaves, spices, soya cakes (which smelled like poop), and chick pea powder for salads.

The meat products (and everything, really), had loads of flies crawling on them.  Many of the meat eaters were hesitant at the ideas for meals they brainstormed earlier, until a Pommy in the group had welcome light bulb moment to use prawns.

Nothing like good knives in the kitchen…


Speaking of which, here’s us in the kitchen!

They had plenty of one-setting stoves set up, with plenty of additional staff to assist us in our preparation (we couldn’t mess up if we tried)!

They put everything they’re not using immediately in water to “keep fresh” and wash away any other bits of dirt or sediment.

The holy holy grail of Burmese cooking:

These ingredients formed the basis for most of the dishes.  Put these in a pan first, and you pretty much can’t go wrong!

Left:  ginger, red onion, peanut oil, garlic

Right:  turmeric, red chilli powder, masala, lemon grass, chives, etc

…and voila!  How did we do that?!


At the end of the eating ceremony, they gave us party bags with some herbs to attempt to smuggle through customs, and showed us where 12% of our money was going…into their summer school program and for children’s learning materials.

Got a real nice vibe from these guys…and had a splendid time with the cooking posse from the hostel (Song of Travel)!

I’m going to try to follow in the footsteps of some of my companions, who said they try to do a cooking course in each country!

“They’re never shit.”

Well said. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Should you do a cooking course in a foreign country? Inle Lake, Myanmar

  1. Stephen Baggaley says:

    What a cool blog by a very cool lady. Chef, trekker, Buddhist and possessing a journalistic flair for both photography and prose. Don’t let the flies put you off a bit of meat. As is said, “the world is your prawn.” Enjoy yourself LLL


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