Common recipe for a Burmese cup of tea usually combines black tea leaves and condensed milk. To acquire that simplistic yet memorable flavor, the tea-maker should have been daily trained with fastening hand movement, precise amount adjustment and somehow, barista skill set.
Of course, rather than just “laphet-yeh”, you can find plentiful beverage options. Coffee and “coffee-mix” (powder coffee and sugar) are also available. Sitting down at random teahouse early, besides the milk and tea mixture, they have free plain green tea, a thermos put onto each table for your self-serving. Do not feel insulted if someone just pour the liquid into cups provided the immediately toss on the street, they might want to wash the cups for you, showing formal hospitality. Furthermore, a plastic container looking like toilet paper roll would extra oddity to the display. It definitely plays the wipe down role for dishes, cups and your hands as things will be a bit greasy when you start with pastries.
Price range for Burmese milk tea: 150 – 250 kyat (~USD $0.1 – $0.2)
GENEROUS TREATS IN THE MORNING
Before 8.00 AM: Dough and fried pastries
At a glimpse, shop-owners and even vendors in Myanmar will set up large frying pans at their stalls out of nowhere. When you find a seat at Burmese teahouse, get used to the scene where these amazing chefs standing closely and performing their talents on the assortments. Pastries like naan (fried bun with shredded coconut fillings), puri (fried flatten bread), samosa, and char kway (Burmese breadstick) are flour-based or with stuffed fillings.