Thursday, October 01, 2009

Pe Pyote from a cheerful street vendor

Yesterday, i went to one of the Burmese shops to buy 1 packet of boiled yellow beans (pe pyote) as i was yearning for the Burmese breakfast which is rice with pe pyote . Pe pyote is one versatile ingredient that can make many types of dishes, such as fried rice and salad. You also can have pe pyote with paratha or with Nan. These are popular breakfast items in Myanmar and people usually have these with sweet milky tea or coffee. I do not like milky tea or coffee. I usually would have these with hot burmese tea (chinese green-tea).

Ok with that aside, i recalled one of my fond memories, pleasant and sing-song voices of pe pyote vendors calling out " Pe......Pyote " in the early morning in Yangon. So this is how i came to an idea of writing up my today blog post with the illustration of a cheerful pe pyote vendor :):)

Please excuse me for my lousy drawing :)
I can't draw but i also can't stop myself from wanting to illustrate these cheerful, resilient and generous Burmese street vendors. So here is my drawing as you can witness my very much limited talent :D

They are the wake-up call vendors with heavy basket or tray balanced on their head as they walk many miles to sell off their stuff early in the morning. With such a heavy load on their head, sweat streaming down from their forehead, most of them never fail to put on a genuine smile even when customers tried to bargain or asked for extra portions. Usually, you would see two large strips over the cheeks of women vendors. That is Burmese make-up which is also known as ta-na-ka. It acts as a sun-block. Well, maybe next time i will blog about ta-na-ka so do remember to visit my blog again, ok :) Thanks!

Rice with pe pyote in crispy garlic and oil
Step 1: Sprinkle salt, add 1 tablespoon of crispy garlic and oil to the rice.

Step 2: Add 2 tablespoons of pe pyote.

Step 3: Mix well!



Unknown October 4, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

စားလို႔ေကာင္းမွ ေကာင္းမွေကာင္း။ရွစ္ပိန္းသြားတယ္။

Moulmein Kitchen October 5, 2009 at 3:50 PM  

ေက်းဇူးတင္ပါတယ္ :)

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