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Mandalay by MiMi Aye

Posted by Nigella on the 1st August 2019
Image of MiMi Aye's Burmese Fried Chicken
Photo by Cristian Barnett

There is so much to love in MiMi Aye’s wonderful Mandalay: Recipes & Tales from a Burmese Kitchen but, even before I got on to the recipes, I felt that a book that told me that in Burma people greet each other by asking whether they’ve eaten yet, belonged in my life. This feeling was cemented when I came across Aye’s comment that “we will deep-fry anything that doesn’t move and some things that do”. I also much appreciated knowing that the greatest insult that one could give a Burmese cook would be to say of a dish “it lacks oil”.

And then there is the food: I long for the Pickled Ginger & Sesame Salad, the Golden Sticky Rice, the Coconut Chicken Noodles, the Mandalay Pork & Round Rice Noodles, the Meatball Curry, the Anchovy Dip, and so much more, but it is the Burmese Fried Chicken - or BFC - that goes straight to the top of my list, and just had to be the recipe I shared with you here. I am so grateful to Mimi Aye for a really loving and hungry-making introduction to a fascinating cuisine.

Extract from Mandalay by MiMi Aye (Bloomsbury Absolute, £26).
Photography © Cristian Barnett

Book cover of Mandalay by MiMi Aye

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Image of MiMi Aye's Burmese Fried Chicken
Photo by Cristian Barnett
BFC - Burmese Fried Chicken
By MiMi Aye
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