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Monthly Photos September 2016

Photos taken by ILCAA staff and associates are posted here once a month; most of them are taken during their field research in Asia and Africa.

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Kachin-style set menu

This is a picture of an ordinary Kachin-style set menu.

Cooked rice and dishes are wrapped with water-lilly or banana leaves. We can get them to go, or eat them in store unwrapping them on the table. The leaves are washed and reused, and worn out leaves are thrown away. They are obviously environment-friendly compared with plastic bags.

The main dish on the right is chicken. Cutted chicken is seasoned with ginger, garlic, salt and pepper, then mixed up with onion, red chili and herbs such as basil, fried with a small amount of oil, and cooked with water until no water remains. This is one of the major recipes of Kachin. The side dish is vegetables and herbs minced and boiled lightly in stock. The soup is made of bone stock with fermented bamboo shoots and fermented soybeans, and seasoned with salt.

The meal suits my palate well. The price is 1000 kyats (=0.8USD), about half of those of Burmese and Indian set menus. Above all, the menu is served quickly, without requiring time for dishing up except for soup. Especially it is helpful when we have only a short lunch break.

27 DEC 2014
Tatkon ward, Myitkyina, Myanmar
Photograph by Hideo SAWADA

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