Bangkok Halal Food Guide: 23 Must-Try Eateries Sorted By Popular Shopping Areas

Bangkok Halal Food Guide: 23 Must-Try Eateries Sorted By Popular Shopping Areas

Prayer spaces nearby:
Chak Phong Mosque Address: 70, Trok Surao Chak Phong, Chak Phong Road, Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200, Khwaeng Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand Petchaburi: Near Ratchathewi BTS Station 17. Petchaburi Soi 7 Street Food One thing that every Muslim traveller needs to know in Thailand is that wherever there’s a mosque, there’ll be a lot of halal food! To get a feel of the local Muslim community, head over to Petchaburi Soi 7 where you’ll find the Darul Aman Mosque and dozens of halal eateries. Credit: @naldelavendi on Instagram What’s more, the area turns into a bustling food paradise at 6pm every evening, as locals start setting up their stalls selling halal local street food. Get your fill of meatballs, grilled meat skewers, fried chicken, sausages and more. Rub shoulders with Thai Muslim locals and travellers while savouring yummy street fare, it’ll definitely be a fulfilling experience! Address: Petchaburi Soi 7 Opening hours: most street food stalls open from 6pm onwards Directions: Take the BTS to Ratchathewi station and walk for about 5 minutes on Petchaburi Road until you find Petchaburi Soi 7. 18. Phayathai Kitchen If you’re looking for a place to sit down and enjoy your dinner in this area, head over to Phayathai Kitchen! Take your pick from different dishes to share like steamed fish, basil chicken and tom yum. Their tom yum packs a punch and will delight the spice lovers. Credit: @isnainisna on Instagram For those who prefer having ala carte dishes, try their khao soi (northern Thai coconut curry noodle soup) or have their beef noodles which will definitely comfort you. Don’t miss out on their grilled beef salad too! Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: 63, 68 Phetchaburi 7 Alley, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily Contact No: +66 2 612 1446 Other halal eateries in Petchaburi Soi 7: Farida Fatornee Muslim Food Address: Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand Opening hours: 9am -10pm daily Contact No: +66 2 215 1733 Nissareen Cuisine: Thai Address: 497/15 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand Opening hours: 12pm – 9.30pm daily Nang Paya Cuisine: Thai Address: 431/2 Phetchaburi 7 Alley, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand Opening hours: 10am – 9pm daily Contact No: +66 2 612 0895 Prayer spaces nearby: Darul Aman Mosque Address: 453 Phetchaburi 7 Alley, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand Contact No: +66 85 232 6114 Bang Rak/Silom 19. Sharif Halal Food
Looking for a truly special hole-in-the-wall restaurant? Then you’ve got to visit Sharif Halal Food which is located in a shophouse down a small alleyway, but promises you an authentic homecooked meal packed full of classic Thai flavours! 😋
Credit: Sharif Halal Food on Facebook Run by Sharif and his wife, this tiny eatery sells Thai classics including tom yum seafood soup, fried rice with shrimp, and of course Thai milk tea! As an added bonus, Sharif’s is located just a few steps away from the Nurun Nasihah Mosque – which makes this a convenient stop for doing your prayers too! Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: Silom Soi 13, White Mansion 33/1 Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand Opening hours: 11am – 9pm daily Contact No: +66 95 247 9687 20. Muslim Restaurant Located in Bang Rak, one of Bangkok’s Muslim district, the legendary Muslim Restaurant has been around for more than 70 years and it specialises in Thai-Muslim cuisine. Try their Mutton Biryani (180 THB), Mataba Beef (50 THB) and Beef Satay (80 THB) and you’ll realise that the food here is a mish-mash of Thai, Indian and Malay flavours. It’s interesting how such a cuisine has evolved and become part of the Thai Muslim identity ☺️ The satay is really tender yet still retaining a bit of chewy texture and it goes well with the peanut sauce. Other than their scrumptious food, the decor at Muslim Restaurant has been well-preserved and retains a nostalgic vibe. Stepping into the eatery will definitely take you back in time! Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: 1354-1356 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand Opening hours: 6.30am – 5.30pm daily Contact No: +66 2 234 1876 Directions: Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin station and walk down Charoenkrung Road for about 6 minutes. The eatery is located along the main road. 21. Home Cuisine
Home cuisine prides itself on serving freshly prepared dishes that are as close to home cooked as you can possibly get from a restaurant. It’s diner style outlook reflects its dedication to keeping things rustic allowing their food, which consists of a blend of Thai and Indian cuisine, to take centre stage!
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The most famous item on their extensive menu is their mutton briyani. Served with yellow rice and a traditional Thai chili, this local adaption of an Indian classic is widely claimed for the quality its meat which peels effortlessly right of the bone.
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Apart from briyani, they also serve a range of other Indian and Thai dishes from samosa, chicken masala and Thai green curry! All at very affordable prices. Whats not to love?!
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Address : 186 Charoen Krung 36, Bangrak District, Bangkok 10500, Thailand Opening hours : 11AM – 9PM (Mondays to Saturdays) 6PM – 9PM (Sundays) Contact No: +66 2 234 7911
[P.S. Check out our Muslim-friendly guide on the up-and-coming Bangkok district of Charoenkrung!]
Other halal eateries in Bang Rak/Silom:
Kareemah Muslim Food
Address: 7 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand Opening hours: 10am – 10pm Contact No: +66 95 867 2808
Prayer spaces nearby:
Haroon Mosque
Address: 25 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand Contact No: +66 81 488 8154
Nurun Nasihah Mosque Address: Soi Si Lom 13 (Trok Waiti), Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Masjid Mirasuddeen Address: 58 Soi Silom 20, Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Ban Oou Masjid
Address: Soi Charoen Krung 46, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand Contact No: +66 95 745 0014 Ramkhamhaeng 22. Sinthorn Steakhouse
If the thought of a succulent slab of freshly grilled steak excites you, then Sinthorn Steakhouse is the perfect place for you! This restaurant is not only one of the largest but also one of the most famous among Thai Muslims having built its reputation around serving great quality grilled meats!
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That’s not all of course. Sinthorn steakhouse also incorporates a wide variety of cuisines into their menu from Thai to Mediterranean. They even serve halal Thai barbecue-steamboat for those of you who love the experience of cooking your own food at a restaurant 🤗
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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Address : 3331/2 Ramkhamhaeng Rd, Khwaeng Hua Mak, Khet Bang Kapi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10240, Thailand Opening hours: 10am – 11pm daily Contact No: +66 2 377 7322 Website | Facebook 23. Ramkhamhaeng Night Market
If you’re looking for a halal street food heaven, then head over to Ramkhamhaeng Night Market. There’s a whole row of street food stalls and more than 70% of them are owned by Muslim vendors. And many of them are really cheap, with prices ranging from 10 – 50 THB, so you won’t need to burn a hole in your pocket 😱
Here’s your chance to stuff yourselves with barbecued meat skewers (15 THB), sausages (15 THB ), Thai-style fried chicken (40 THB with rice) and so much more. There are also a couple of stalls specialising in Southern Thai delicacies like Kerabu Salad and Chicken Kerabu . For those of you who are unfamiliar with kerabu, it’s actually a spicy and sour salad.
You can also find the common Thai treats like Khanom Buang (Thai crepe), tapioca dessert and Thai milk tea. Just remember to come here with an empty stomach! Although Ramkhamhaeng Night Market is located far from the city centre, the area is accessible via the ARL Ramkhamhaeng station, where you’d just need to take a short cab ride. Plus, you won’t want to pass up the chance of mingling with the locals while trying out halal street snacks 🤗
Halal status: Many of the halal shops here are Muslim-owned and you can identify them by their halal sign. We’ve also personally checked with the owners of the stalls we visited and they’ve confirmed that they use halal ingredients. But as they are not officially halal-certified, we recommend that you dine at your own discretion.
Address: 2345/1 Ramkhamhaeng Rd, Khwaeng Hua Mak, Khet Bang Kapi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10240, Thailand Opening hours: Thur – Tue, 4pm – 11pm, CLOSED on Wednesdays Directions: Take the ARL to Ramkhamhaeng Station. From there, take bus 92 or 109 or you can grab a taxi to the market (around 180 THB).
Other halal eateries in Ramkhamhaeng:
Sophia Restaurant
Cuisine: Thai Address: 1 Ramkhamhaeng 5 Alley, Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand Opening hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm

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Share on Facebook Spurred by a soaring interest in vegan dishes, luxury line Regent Seven Seas Cruises has jumped on the bandwagon to debut an extensive array of innovative plant-based cuisine on menus across its fleet in October.
More than 200 gourmet, vegan dishes will be offered at breakfast, lunch and dinner to meet the evolving taste of luxury travellers who are following vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.
New dishes such as wild mushroom tart with brittle pie crust; mushroom duxelles and red pepper coulis; falafel fritters with harissa mayo, cucumber, mint and capers; spiced potato & green pea samosas with tamarind chutney and summer berry pudding Chantilly soon be available. Sweet and sour vegetables with tofu
Other highlights include power bowls, poke bowls, hearty pastas and noodles, light and refreshing salads, soups and decadent items like impossible cheeseburger and a peach and blueberry cobbler with cornmeal-almond topping are also on the menu. “Our expanded plant-based cuisine sets the highest benchmark in luxury cruising,” says Jason Montague, the line’s president and chief executive officer.
“For luxury travellers who are increasingly adding more plant-based cuisine to their meals, we’re offering even more imaginative selections of bold, flavourful appetisers, entrees and desserts with craveable tastes and mouth-watering presentations.”
The line’s vice president of food and beverages, Bernhard Koltz added: “This is an emerging, modern specialty cuisine that allows our guests to enjoy more flavourful foods that are in harmony with their current tastes and pushes the boundaries on Regent’s acclaimed culinary creativity and imagination.”
Regent’s vegan selection of dishes will be integrated into the daily menus across the fleet from 1 October this year.
Some of the highlights include: Breakfast
Chia cashew yoghurt with carrot, hazelnut granola, mixed berries and tropical fruit Chickpea pancake with spinach, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and harissa sauce Banana oatmeal pancakes with berries and maple syrup Avocado toast on rustic farmers bread Lunch
Sweet potato soup with miso and ginger Vietnamese summer rolls with vegetables, grapefruit, coconut, rice paper and roasted peanut dip Tajin spiced hummus and avocado wrap Osaka power bowl with soba noodles, eggplant, tofu, sweet potato, edamame, wakame salad, nori and miso sesame dressing Mediterranean bowl with brown rice, beluga lentils, green peas homemade tzatziki, olives and roasted almond-orange dressing A vegan poke bowl
Mulligatawny Indian red lentil and coconut soup Baked porcini and spinach cannelloni with toasted hazelnuts Roasted mushroom stuffed zucchini with quinoa, olive salad with pine nut dressing and yellow pepper coulis. Singapore noodles with vegetables, turmeric, ginger, garlic and soya sauce Green curry vegetables stir fry with eggplant, oyster mushrooms, cauliflower and green peas Desserts
Basil scented fruit minestrone, lemon sorbet Lime vodka sorbet Champagne sorbet Summer Berry Pudding Chantilly
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Hout Bay, or the Republic of Hout Bay as locals affectionately call it, is a fantastic sea-side neighbourhood in Cape Town that offers something for everyone, any day of the week. Here’s a deeper look at what this great Cape Town area has to offer.
Distance from Cape Town: +- 20kms (around 30 minutes) WHERE TO EAT AND MAKE MERRY
There are many popular hangouts in Hout Bay where you can get a delicious meal and a decent beer. Here are some of our favourites. MASSIMOS
This a one of the most well-known restaurants in the area. Known for its delicious pizzas – which are out of this world – Massimos offers a wide variety of Italian dishes. There are also a wheat-free option and seriously decadent desserts, including a chocolate fondue and sweet pizzas.
Website: www.massimos.co.za THE LOOKOUT DECK
Situated on the beachfront, the Lookout Deck offers amazing sea views with delicious seafood. While the food is amazing with various sea food dishes on offer plus oysters and Champagne, the views of the ocean and the mounts is one of the selling points of this establishment.
Website: www.thelookoutdeck.co.za MARINER’S WHARF
If you’re looking for some of the freshest fish and chips in the area, this is where to find it. Situated right at the edge of the Harbour, Mariner’s Wharf has been around since 1984. Here not only can you buy great food, but also marine artifacts, souvenirs and antiques.
Website: www.marinerswharf.com FISH ON THE ROCKS
Surrounded by the harbour, the wharf anf the Naval Heritage site, Fish on the Rocks serves up delicious fish and chips. The building used to be a fisherman supply store in 1951 so it is steeped in history.
Website: www.fishontherocks.com HOUT BAY VINEYARDS
This boutique winery is easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. Having started in 2001, owners Peter and Cathy kicked it all off with some bubbly. Now in 2016, this establishment also produces a range of reds, a crispy sauvignon blanc, a delicate, dry blush and a vintage port. You can book a private tasting or join them on the lawn for a picnic when they have open days.
Website: www.houtbayvineyards.co.za KITIMA RESTAURANT
If you’re into authentic Thai food and some Asian fusion, then this is the place to be. Kitima claims the food is Royal Thai cuisine and all dishes are made by Thai chefs. The restaurants is housed in an old Cape-Dutch style building that dates back to the 17th century. It’s the perfect date night spot!
Website: www.kitima.co.za CHEYNE’S
This popular Hout Bay restaurant serves up dishes influenced by Pacific Island foods and Asian cooking techniques. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is casual.
Website: www.facebook.com/cheyneshoutbay QUENTIN AT OAKHURST
This fine dining establishment is situated on one of the original Hout Bay farms. The food is sourced locally as far as possible and the ethos of the restaurant is that the ingredients used are sustainably grown and harvested. They are open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch from Thursday to Saturday and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday (closed on Mondays). They also have a ladies-only high tea.
Website: www.oakhurstbarn.com THE INDIAN OVEN
Serving up Indian/Pakistani, seafood and vegetarian dishes, the Indian Oven makes all tandoori dishes in a wood fired traditional Indian oven. Think meals such as lamb rogan josh, chicken tikka masala, palak paneer, biryanis, bunny Chows, rolled stuffed roti and more.
Website: www.indianoven.com CLAY CAFÉ
A place to eat, but also a place to create. You can enjoy a meal at the Clay Café while also painting some crockery that you can collect at a later stage once it is set and ready. This also makes a good party venue for both the young and young-at-heart.
Website: www.claycafe.co.za PAKALOLO
This hangout spot is a restaurant, plus bar plus a great place to watch the game thanks to the three HD TVs in the venue. With four seating areas two outside terraces, a chill out lounge and a bistro area with a fireplace, it’s perfect for celebrations or simply just a get together with friends. WHERE TO PLAY BAY HARBOUR MARKET
With live entertainment, food of all kinds, play areas and various arts, crafts and curious to buy, the Bay Harbour Market is the place to be on weekends. There is plenty to do and see and it is fun for the whole family. Local traders come here to sell their products while a live band entertains in the background.
Website: www.bayharbour.co.za WORLD OF BIRDS
There are over 3 000 birds and over 400 species of birds to see at World of Birds. This is the largest bird park in Africa and a wonderful place to take the kids to learn more about these animals. It’s a tropical garden setting, so nature lovers will enjoy it. You can also find various forms mammals and reptiles here.
Website: www.worldofbirds.org.za BOAT CRUISE WITH CIRCE LAUNCHES
When conditions are good, head out with Circe Launches for a trip to Duiker Island. You may be able to see kelp forests and lots of sea animals. You can also do a trip to seal island, weather permitting. NEIGHBOURHOOD CULTURE A WALKING TOUR WITH CITY SIGHTSEEING
Imizamo Yethu, is an informal settlement in Hout Bay. Here you can find wonderful locals ready to tell their stories. Visitors can do a free walking tour of the area with City Sight Seeing if they take the City Sight Seeing bus to this area. A CSS representative will meet you at the stop to take you on the tour where visitors will learn about how Imizamo Yethu came into existence, enjoy the views of Chapman’s Peak Drive’s winding road and learn how a place of unhappiness became a township of prosperity.
Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za ORIGINAL TEA BAG DESIGNS
This is a fantastic initiative. The founders of Original Tea Bag Design employ disadvantaged women and give them the necessary skills needed to create the products that they sell- all of which are made from or incorporate dried out tea bags. It is worth a visit. Chat to the staff about the company and hear the amazing stories and, of course, support them by purchasing a product or two. WHERE TO STAY TINTSWALO ATLANTIC
Like a phoenix from the ashes, Tintswalo Atlanic has been redone and refurnished after a devastating fire burned the property early in 2015. This five-star luxury lodge sits on the water’s edge of the Atlantic Ocean and offers exclusive accommodation to its visitors. The views are breath taking.
Website: www.tintswalo.com HOUT BAY MANOR
This beautiful boutique hotel is situated in the heart of Hout Bay. The original building was built in 1871 and it has been restored and refurbished to look like it did in its heyday. There are 16 rooms at this hotel and each one gets the five-star treatment. The onsite restaurant, Pure, is renowned and well-known to offer amazing food.
Website: www.houtbaymanor.com HOUT BAY BACKPACKERS
For those wanting to travel like a backpacker, the Hout Bay Backpackers has great accommodation. It’s located within walking distance of the beach and shops. The views from the establishment are breath taking.
Website: www.houtbaybackpackers.co.za CHAPMAN’S PEAK HOTEL
Sitting at the foot of the beautiful Chapman’s Peak Drive is the Chapman’s Peak Hotel. There’s a room for everyone here – rooms with a sea view, rooms with a mountain view, penthouses and original rooms. Plus, the restaurant here is rumoured to make some of the best sea food in town.
Website: www.chapmanspeakhotel.co.za LOCAL FLAVOUR
Nobody knows Hout Bay better than a local. When you’re in town be sure to visit the closest VIC in the city in Burg Street where staff can help you really uncover the magic on offer in Hout Bay and beyond.
Call 0861 322 223 for more details.
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Notes from India

Notes from India
I wasn’t in India for long enough apparently, since every Indian I talked to explained that you need ‘at least a month’ to see India. So I don’t know too much. But I got a taste.
Wrote some notes on the roads and honking in India, but there are more notes.
just… medium.com I flew in to New Delhi. I ended up going to New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Turns out this is called the Golden Triangle ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Triangle_(India) ), a set of some of the most popular tourist cities and attractions in India. New Delhi is huge. It’s in Delhi. But it seems people use them interchangeably. It seems Delhi (city) contains New Delhi ( urban district?) , but I don’t know if that distinction matters to anyone. For me when there are cities in cities it’s always a bit confusing. The Indian head wobble is a thing. It’s like bobbing your head side to side. It means yes, but it is also just something I am not used to at all because it does not seem like the head gesture for yes. Kinda like this . Namaste means hello. Shukriya and dhanyavaad mean thank you. It seems dhanyavaad is more formal. Unfortunately was not quite able to pick up Hindi… India may be the only country I have seen (in the world?) where it is cheaper to pay by credit card. They actually reduce the price in many places, especially certain tourist sites, to go cashless. You would usually save 50 Indian rupees. It seems this is part of a cashless initiative in India, possible to reduce crime, I don’t know. But still mostly I was using cash. India was very cheap. It’s the cheapest country I have been to so far. You could stay in a hostel for $5 a night. You could eat a full meal for maybe $2. And for $10 or $12 you would have a very nice meal. From everything I had read about going to India, and from some info from friends I was warned to be careful about the water and food safety in India. After going there, it makes sense. India is dirty. And it seems the water is not safe to drink. So I drank only bottled water. It seems there were 3 brands that were good, in order: Bisleri, Kinley, and Aquafina. So I tried to stick to those almost exclusively. It turns out, or at least it seems to be the case, that some people take tap water and refill that into bottles of water. I don’t know if this is common or not. But it had me inspecting caps of water and listening for clicks very intently. And on the food, because the water is dirty, this means that uncooked vegetables or juices can also get you sick. I left India not getting any stomach issues, which was good, and still got to try quite a range of food. I also took probiotics which was a tip I had found on an India travel blog. Did it help? Who knows. I went on a street food tour of Old Delhi. That was also one of the tips I had heard, don’t eat the street food. So I was a bit nervous but this was a tour so it seemed ok. Everything was pretty dirty, but quite interesting. I had never had many of those foods before. Lots of lentils and chickpeas and various breads and chutneys. Old Delhi Street. Waiting for Food. Eating a desert where you break open a hole and put the filling inside. I learned from the guide that honor killings are still a thing in India in 2019. This is pretty horrifying: it means they kill family members who have brought shame upon the family. Googling now there are articles about it from this week. It seems this happens in certain cases with the caste system, but it was not something I observed, but maybe I was oblivious. It sounds like also there may be different generational views, where the younger generation does not place as much emphasis on it. They love selfies in India. And even more they like selfies with random foreigners. I was approached so many times in different sites in different sites by people who want to take selfies with me. Some asked, some were pretty insistent, some seemed to sneak it in. Some parents asked for some kids. Someone who worked for the airline in Jaipur asked as I was going to enter security. Many times I was fine with it and it was funny, other times I just said no. But wow, this was a new one. Some sites: first ones in New Delhi. Visited Lodhi Garden, a nice large park. Went to Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and also Lotus Temple. The architecture on Lotus Temple is really unique, it’s a Bahai temple, and as you enter it is silent. In several of these spots the security guards acted as impromptu guides and photographers, many times encouraging us to take photos in particular spots. I guess they are here every day so they know. Went to India Gate at night, and it’s lit up with the colors of India. And there are vendors all around selling different things. A tuk-tuk hot spot. I do not know the nuanced differences of Indian cuisine, though I had some North Indian and South Indian . Had several dosas, but also most of the menus that I saw I really did not recognize anything on it — it was not quite the Indian food I knew from US Indian restaurants. Some notables: Idli , a rice cake thing, which you dip in chutneys. Dosas, like crepes, which may be filled, also dipped in chutneys. Vadas, lentil donuts, also dipped in chutneys. Is everything dipped in chutneys? I don’t know but it seems like it. Most of the eating is done with your hands, and I think many Indians just eat with one hand. One of the Indians who was at dinner with us who was traveling explained how to eat many of the foods, otherwise I really would have no idea. Took a train to Agra, and visited Agra Fort, which is pretty huge. There’s also a site referred to as “baby taj mahal.” In Agra, I visited the Taj Mahal. It is quite the spot. Though it seems it was the low season, both because it was quieter, also because it was so hot outside, and also because it seems that some of the lawns and pools were not really fully maintained or full like they may be other times. Took a bus to Jaipur. It seems they are in no rush to get anywhere, when we had a 20 minute rest stop it was at least 45 minutes. Jaipur had some really interesting sites. It is called the “Pink City” because of the color of many of the buildings, but the color isn’t quite pink. The Hawa Mahal, Patrika Gate, and Jal Mahal were all cool to visit. Patrika Gate is a series of colorful arches, it is really unique. Also masala chai tea, it is in many spots, and after having it a lot of times it grew on me. And the breads. So many types of breads. The one I was most familiar with, naan, was the last one I ate. Maybe I had… puri, roti, chapati, paratha, dosa… all before naan.
So I’m glad I visited India. India was intense though. The combo of the heat, the massive amount of people, streets, and also the questionable water and food hygiene makes it a lot. some time to get used to it, it really took a lot of energy out of me. Share this:

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Indian Shrimp Market Report 2019: Market is Expected to Reach a Volume of 1.13 Million Tons by 2024, Exhibiting a CAGR of Around 9%

News for 2019-05-24 Indian Shrimp Market Report 2019: Market is Expected to Reach a Volume of 1.13 Million Tons by 2024, Exhibiting a CAGR of Around 9%
Dublin, May 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The report has been added to offering. The Indian shrimp market reached a volume of 0.67 Million Tons in 2018Shrimp refers to an invertebrate marine animal with an elongated body which is often used as a food product. It is regarded as nutritious since it contains proteins, selenium, antioxidants, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron and vitamin B12. Some of the health benefits associated with shrimp consumption include weight loss, fighting aging, improving bone health, decreasing menstrual pain and preventing cardiovascular diseases. In India, fisheries represent a significant economic activity and offer vast growth opportunities. This is due to the country’s varied resources and potentials.Easy availability of shrimp and their high nutritional content represent the major growth-inducing factors. They form an important part of various cuisines being one of the most traded seafood species. With the rise in demand for disease-free and healthy shrimps, India has become one of the largest shrimp exporters to the US and the European Union. One of the key trends witnessed in the Indian market is the expansion of the food industry owing to the rising demand for ready-to-eat food products. This is supported by forces such as rapid urbanization, changing lifestyles, hectic work schedules and increasing working women population. As a result, the shrimp market in India is witnessing a healthy growth. In addition to this, a rising demand for shrimp worldwide has positively influenced shrimp imports from India. Moreover, increasing health consciousness amongst consumers, escalating disposable incomes and improving standards of living remain some of the other major factors which are further augmenting the demand for shrimps. Looking forward, the market is expected to reach a volume of 1.13 Million Tons by 2024, exhibiting a CAGR of around 9% during 2019-2024. 1 Preface2 Scope and Methodology2.1 Objectives of the Study2.2 Stakeholders2.3 Data Sources2.4 Market Estimation2.5 Forecasting Methodology3 Executive Summary4 Introduction4.1 Overview4.2 Key Industry Trends5 Global Shrimp Industry5.1 Market Overview5.2 Market Performance5.3 Wild Shrimp Vs Farmed Shrimp5.4 Market Forecast6 Global Wild Shrimp Industry6.1 Market Overview6.2 Market Performance6.3 Market Forecast7 Global Farmed Shrimp Industry7.1 Market Overview7.2 Market Performance7.3 Major Shrimp Producing Countries7.4 Major Shrimp Consuming Countries7.5 Market Breakup by Species7.6 Market Breakup by Shrimp Size7.7 Exports7.8 Market Forecast8 Indian Shrimp Industry: Market Insights8.1 Evolution of the Indian Shrimp Industry8.2 India’s Position in the Global Shrimp Industry8.3 India’s Shrimp Product Portfolio8.4 Regional Insights8.5 India’s Shrimp Exports9 Indian Shrimp Industry: Value Chain9.1 Broodstock Sourcing9.2 Indian Shrimp Feed Industry9.3 Shrimp Farming9.4 Shrimp Processing9.5 Shrimp Processing: Competitive Landscape9.6 India’s Competitiveness with Other Countries9.7 Government Support and Subsidies9.8 Potential of India as a Market for Processed Shrimps9.9 SWOT Analysis9.10 Market Outlook9.11 Key Market Drivers and Success Factors10 Market for Value Added Shrimp Products10.1 Types of Value-Added Products10.2 Processing Requirements10.3 Infrastructure and Skill Requirements10.4 Domestic Demand10.5 Export Market10.6 Market Outlook11 Indian Shrimp Industry: Key Players11.1 Capacities of Key Players11.2 Profiles of Key Players11.2.1 Nekkanti Seafoods11.2.2 Avanti Frozen Foods Private Limited11.2.3 Devi Sea Foods Limited11.2.4 Falcon Marine Exports Ltd.11.2.5 BMR Group11.2.6 Baby Marine Eastern Exports11.2.7 Sandhya Marines11.2.8 Apex Frozen Foods Limited11.2.9 Ananda Aqua Exports Private Limited11.2.10 Crystal Sea Foods Private Limited11.2.11 Citrus Alpha Marine LLP11.2.12 Jaya Lakshmi Sea Foods Private Limited11.2.13 Ifb Agro Industries Limited11.2.14 S.S.F Limited11.2.15 A.M.Fisheries11.2.16 JRJ Sea Foods India Private Limited11.2.17 Anjaneya Sea Foods11.2.18 Kings Infra Ventures Limited11.2.19 Kadalkanny Frozen Foods11.2.20 The Waterbase Limited11.2.21 Geo Sea Foods11.2.22 Abad Fisheries Private Limited11.2.23 K V Marine Exports11.2.24 Liberty Group of Seafood Companies11.2.25 Zeal Aqua Limited11.2.26 Frontline Exports Private Limited11.2.27 Jude Foods India Private Limited For more information about this report visit
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Practice Loving Krishna

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By HH Sridhara Swami
Through bhakti-yoga we can finally reunite with the person we’ve wanted all along.
The Sixth Chapter of Bhagavad-gita, discusses dhyana-yoga, or meditative yoga. Texts 13-14 say: “One should hold one’s body, neck, and head erect in a straight line and stare steadily at the tip of the nose. Thus, with an unagitated, subdued mind, devoid of fear, completely free from sex life, one should meditate upon Me within the heart and make Me the ultimate goal of life.”
Srila Prabhupada’s purport to these verses begins, “The goal of life is to know Krishna, who is situated within the heart of every living being as Paramatma, the four- handed Vishnu form.”
The same form of Vishnu or Narayana is existing within the heart of every living being as the soul of all souls, and He is directing the wanderings of all living being throughout the cosmic creation. There are two souls: the individual soul, the person looking out from the eyes; and the Supersoul, the Supreme Lord who resides within the heart of each of us.
Self-help advocates say, “I have to get in touch with my real self.” They’re thinking on the physical plane. “My real self is not a doctor but a lawyer, and as soon as I discover I’m a lawyer I’ll be happy.”
But it’s much, much deeper than that. The real self is aja, “unborn,” and nitya, “eternal.” The real self does not die when the body dies. The real self is hankering after a relationship with the Supreme Person, but we’re looking in the wrong place. All of us are looking for friendship, love, guidance, and knowledge, but we’re looking for these within the phenomenal world, and this is a mistake because our very best friend is within our own heart.
It is difficult to see the nose, which is right in front of you. Similarly, it is difficult for us to see is Supersoul, who is there within us. He is ishvara, the supreme controller, and not a blade of grass moves without His sanction. He’s controlling all the universes, gravity, time, but He makes Himself available. Have you ever worked for someone who doesn’t have time for you? Krishna is the controller of everything, but He has all the time in the universe for you. And not only for you but for me too. That’s the beauty of Krishna. He is with all of us individually.
The goal of yoga is to help us get in touch with the person who resides within our hearts. Yoga is the matchmaker, you could say.
Not more than a few hundred yards from this place a yoga class is going on. Most people think yoga is either a means to lose weight so that they can have good sex or to merge with Brahman and lose all individuality, which amounts to spiritual suicide. But they’re wrong about the goal, and they’re wrong about the practice. One has to practice sitting postures to breathe properly, but that is not the goal. Real yoga is ashtanga-yoga, the eight-fold process. It starts with yama and niyama, rules and regulations that require one to be a strict vegetarian and practice celibacy.
Sex is the highest material pleasure, and love of God is the highest spiritual pleasure. For some people it’s disheartening to learn that they have to make a choice. The real thing to understand is that the pleasure of sex life has a heavy downside. There’s an old saying that if you pick up one end of the stick you pick up the other end of the stick too. If you want sense pleasure, then you have to take sense pain—sukha and duhkha, happiness and distress.
Some of us have been to the school of hard knocks and have gotten a little realization. I’m not perfect in my understanding of it, but in my heart of hearts I know that when I’m free from lust, anger, greed, envy, that kind of purity will bring me happiness beyond compare. I want that. And I’m prepared to be patient, determined, and enthusiastic to achieve it, because I’ve seen that in this world, practically speaking, there is only suffering. You can say something brings less suffering and therefore it’s enjoyable. But I want a pleasure that is ever increasing. That plea-sure exists, but it requires effort to attain. By the process of sankirtana—by chanting and taking spiritual food and living a simple life and associating with other devotees and practicing sincerely—you can attain the perfection of pleasure.
Krishna says, “Of all yogis, he who in faith worships Me is the highest of all.” Krishna is the Supreme Person, the Supreme Lord. He is the speaker of the Bhagavad- gita, and He is telling us that of all yogas—jnana-yoga, dhyana-yoga, ashtanga-yoga, kriya- yoga, this yoga, that yoga—the highest yoga, the way to reach Him, is bhakti-yoga. After jnana, or knowledge, comes love. After many, many lifetimes of analyzing the material world, one will realize vasadevah sarvam iti: there’s nothing more than Krishna. He’s the goal. To love Krishna, to be loved by Krishna, to finally come back to Him after such a long time, to finally reunite with the person we’ve wanted all along, and to never be parted from Him ever again—that is beautiful. And that can be achieved through bhakti- yoga.
Bhakti-yoga is the process by which we come to love Krishna. In verse seventeen of this chapter Krishna says, “He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation, and work can mitigate all material pains by prac- ticing the yoga system.” Srila Prabhupada writes, “Extravagance in the matter of eating, sleeping, defending, and mating—which are demands of the body—can block advancement in the practice of yoga. As far as eating is concerned, it can be regulated only when one is practiced to take and accept prasadam, sanctified food.” We eat vegetarian food, but we are not vegetarians. We’re “Krishnatarians.” Rabbits are vegetarian, elephants are vegetarian. So what? Krishna says, “If all you can offer is a leaf, flower, or fruit, offer it with love. And take the remnants, the prasadam. What I want is your devotion.”
Not only is vegetarian Indian cuisine delectable, but there’s just something about Krishna prasadam that is indescribably delicious. I may get distracted by thoughts of illicit sex, intoxication (hardly but maybe), gambling (we speculate sometimes). But meat- eating—forget it. I never even think of it. Because we have literally developed a higher taste for Krishna- prasadam. We regulate our activities by taking Krishna prasadam.
As for sleeping, any unnecessary time spent sleeping is considered a great loss. A devotee uses every moment of the day to pursue his goal. None of us here has any contract that guarantees we have a hundred years to live. We could be gone very quickly. We don’t know. So it’s important to be serious in spiritual life. A Krishna conscious person cannot bear to pass a minute of life without being engaged in service to the Lord. Therefore, sleeping is kept to a minimum. The Gosvamis of Vrindavana ate, slept, bathed—everything—within half an hour or an hour. They were that engrossed in spiritual life. We may never reach that stage, but we can find a level of service that fulfills us every day of the year. During our sleep we’ll have nice dreams of Krishna and His devotees, and we’ll rise and begin our service and our hearts will be bright.
Because the Krishna conscious person is regulated in his work, speech, sleep, wakefulness, and other bodily activities, he or she experiences no misery. This is practical. If someone undergoes some sort of stress, a friend might say, “Just take your mind off it; get engrossed in your work.” People do that as a kind of therapy. Here the Gita recommends we go on permanent therapy. Work for Krishna. You’ll get so absorbed that you won’t fear even death. Steadiness comes from being constantly engaged in serving guru and Krishna. In the spiritual world the gopis compete to serve Krishna. There is so much work to do for Krishna that you can be totally carried away. Love is both a verb and a noun. To feel perfect satisfaction, you have to practice loving Krishna. You have to serve Him.

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Pepper Chicken Fry Recipe – Awesomecuisine English

If something blends perfectly with the chicken it is the combination of pepper and garlic. Pepper Chicken Fry is a dry chicken recipe which is popular and hugely loved in the southern states of India like Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
The delicate taste of chicken goes perfectly with the strong and aromatic flavors of pepper, garlic, ginger and other spices used in this Pepper Chicken Fry recipe. You can either make it completely dry or a thick gravy masala by adding tomato, oil, and a little bit extra water. It can be eaten as a starter or as a side dish with rotis or rice.
Chicken is high in protein and contains lower amounts of saturated fat as compared with other types of meat. Therefore, it is a healthy option for non-vegetarian food lovers. Moreover, it is a rich source of zinc, phosphorus and other minerals which are essential for the overall well-being of our body.
Also, chicken is a natural anti-depressant and boosts our metabolism as well. All these good qualities along with the nutritional benefits of spices used in this recipe make it a healthy recipe for your kids and family.
Pepper Chicken is a perfect way to warm-up chilly winter nights and proves to be a popular food that can be cooked by the camp-side. Some people prefer to add tomatoes to this recipe while some refrain from adding them. However, you can also experiment with more herbs and spices to add your own eccentric flavor to this awesome recipe.
Pepper and other ingredients might give it a slightly darker shade of brown when fried but do not hesitate as the deep fried ones taste the best. You can have this mouthwatering delicacy with steamed rice, a bowl of soup or Tawa paratha for lunch or dinner.
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Pepper Chicken Fry
The delicate taste of chicken goes perfectly with the strong and aromatic flavors of pepper, garlic, ginger and other spices used in this recipe.
Prep Time 45 mins Cook Time 28 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack Cuisine: Indian Keyword: chicken
Ingredients for Pepper Chicken Fry
400 gms Chicken skinless, boneless, cubed 10 to 15 Black Peppercorns crushed 1 Onion chopped 1 Tomato chopped (optional) 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder 3 tsp Oil 1/2 inch Ginger chopped 6 nos Garlic Cloves peeled, chopped few Curry Leaves as per taste Salt
How to make Pepper Chicken Fry
Transfer the chicken pieces to a bowl. Add pepper powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and a pinch of salt. Mix well and keep aside for 40 minutes. Heat oil in a nonstick pan over medium flame. Saute the onions, ginger and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the marinated chicken and curry leaves. Cook until well browned, about 8 minutes. Add the tomato and a pinch of salt. Stir well and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 10 more minutes. Remove the lid and cook until all moisture has evaporated and the chicken mixture is dry. Transfer to a serving dish. Serve as a starter or as an appetizer. image via flickr
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22 Awesome Things to do in Yangon (Travel Guide)

Things to do in Yangon 1. Visit Pagodas in Yangon
In Mynamar, most of the people are Buddhists. Because of this, there are many pagodas to visit in Yangon. The most popular one is Shwedagon Pagoda where you can feel the local atmosphere of Yangon. I recommend that you visit the Shwedagon Pagoda before sunset so you will still be able to get daylight for sightseeing. Colorful night also awaits you there. 2. Sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda or Paya is Yangon’s most famous landmark, built on a hill which is the biggest and grandest Pagoda in Myanmar. This Pagoda was built 2600 years ago and is the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world, it is 99 meters high and is completely encrusted with gold plating. Massive numbers of devotees visit the Shwedagon every day and walk around the stupa to make offerings to the Buddha.
Please when visiting a pagoda dress properly and walk barefoot. You will see always signs around how to dress. Understanding the culture and history of this sacred pagoda, can greatly improve your visit. Appreciating its history and immersing yourself in its mystical beauty will be a spectacular experience! The entrance fee is $8 you will get a sharon for the visit and a bottle of water. It’s opened from 4 am to 10 pm. The schedule can change if there is a celebration, you can check more info in their website . 3. Visit Sule Pagoda
Sule Pagoda is 2,600 years old. It’s opened from 4 am to 10 pm and there is an entrance fee of $2 USD . Sule Pagoda is huge and you can see from many places walking around city center. Our favorite view is from the bridge! Image from Wikimedia
A few more interesting pagodas that you can visit in Yangon like Kyay Thone Pagoda, Botataung Pagoda, Swe Taw Myat Pagoda, Kaba Aye Pagoda and Reclining Buddha statue in Chaukhtatgyi Buddha temple . 4. Sunset at Inya Lake
We loved it the atmosphere in Inya Lake while staying at Sedona Hotel in Yangon. Many people walking around, taking pictures and resting in the shade while waiting for the sunset. If you walk around the lake you will find places to have a drink or eating. If you prefer you can go to Myanmar Plaza which is front of the lake. 5. Go to National Museum of Myanmar
It’s a five store building located near the Embassies area in Yangon. There is a collection of art and historic related to history, culture and civilization of Burmese people. National Museum of Myanmar is opened from 10 am to 4 pm everyday except holidays. The entrance fee is 5000 Kyats . 6. Walking around Weekend Market in Yangon
If you are spending the weekend in Yangon you can explore Yangon weekend market. You will find street food, souvenirs, clothes. It’s crowded especially at lunch time. The market is located close to the port on the way to Sule Pagoda. 7. Try Street Food in Yangon
If you are an avid reader of our blog posts, it is without a doubt that my favorite thing while traveling is street food. I really enjoy visiting colorful, busy markets and eating local food. In Yangon, I really liked fruit juices and noodles. Prices start from $1, really affordable! 8. Go to Myanmar Plaza for a Drink
To be honest, I wasn´t expecting “lit” nightlife in Yangon so I got really surprised that there were many restaurants and bars in Yangon for dinner and drinks. In Myanmar Plaza near Inya Lake area there is a bar which opens until late if you feel partying in Yangon. We got surprised how modern it was! 9. Drinking Tea
Drinking tea is really popular in Yangon. You can find many tea shops there and I really loved these local shops for with tiny chairs for drinking our cup of tea. Sweets go well with a cup of tea and they make a perfect snack for your breaks in waling around Yangon. 10. Explore Local Markets (Bogyoke Aung San Market)
If you want to buy souvenirs for your family and friends or just for yourself, there are many local shops selling nice t-shirts. The national flag of Myanmar is the most popular design for these souvenir shirts.
Bogyoke Aung San Market was our favorite one. It’s located 15 minutes walking distance from Sule Pagoda. The market is huge and prices are affordable for buying, eating and drinking local juices. 11. Try Betel Nut
Have you ever heard of betel nuts? It´s quite popular in Myanmar. The areca nut is wrapped in betel leaves and mixed with calcium hydroxide. It turns your teeth red and and they say that you’ll get more active and energetic while eating betel nuts. Most of the taxi and tuk tuk drivers eat this to feel awake while driving. 12. Eating in Chinatown
We love to explore Chinatown in all of the big cities. Chinatown in Yangon is perfect for eating during the day and also at night. There are restaurants and street food with affordable prices. You can have dinner starting from $2-3 USD . 13. Ride Yangon Circular Railroad
If you have time in Yangon you should try the Circular train in Yangon. There are a few stops around the city and the whole journey takes 3 hours. You can go down whenever you want to since there are many stops. The price of the circular train is less than $1 USD and the schedule is every hour. 14. Bogyoke Park Image from Wikimedia
It’s the opposite part of Kandawgyi Lake. Quiet place to walk around and also close to Shwedagon Pagoda. 15. Take a Hot Air Balloon ride over Yangon
The place for taking the Hot Air Balloon ride is located at Kandawgyi Park. It’s flying from the morning to the sunset and it takes around 15 minutes the ride. Prices per ride is around $40 USD . 16. Ride the Ferry from Yangon to Visit Dala Village Image from Wikimedia
The ferries depart from Pansodan Jetty in Yangon downtown just a few minutes walking distance from Sule Pagoda. The boats leave every 20 minutes from 5:30 am to 9 pm. Prices are around $5 USD for return ticket. Once in the village you can explore around the village and visiting temples. 17. Walking around Kandawgyi Lake Image from Flickr
It’s easy to get Kandawgyi Lake from downtown. There are buses passing by or you can get Grab or taxi for $1 USD . You can even go walking around 25 minutes walking distance from city center. The best time to visit is early morning or sunset time since There is an entrance fee of 1000 Kyats . It’s opened from 4 am to 10 pm. 18. Go to Kalaywa Monastery
It’s located North Yangon close to the airport. If you visit early morning you will be able to watch alms givings to the monk around sunrise time. The monks walk barefoot around collecting food and donations. 19. Ride Local Buses
We enjoyed the local buses rides moving around the city. The driver has no change and you have to pay ` per person when going inside the bus. The buses has they are super crowded depending the routs that you take. Going to Aung Mingalar Bus Station the bus was always full. 20. Drink at local beer stations
There are many beer stations around Yangon. Around sunset time is the perfect time to visit them. It’s full of locals and you can get a beer for less than $1 USD . We loved it there plus Myanmar beer tastes good! 21. Day Trip to Bago
Bago is about two hours away from Yangon. It’s a perfect place for a day trip and getting along with local people. In Bago, you can rent a bicycle and visit their pagodas. Seeing the Shwethalyaung Buddha or RecliningBuddha is also a must for tourists because it is one of the biggest Buddha statues in Southeast Asia.
These attractions are outside the city of Bago. Just a few kilometers from city center. From Bago is easy getting by bicycle to the Buddhas attraction. You need to pay a day ticket to see all the touristic places. It’s around $10 USD at that time. 22. Day trip to Golden Rock Pagoda
It was one of my favorite destination in Myanmar. I slept in Kinpun and from there I walked a few hours to get the Golden Rock. The way was really nice. It’s a pilgrimage way. Burmese people were happy and curious to meet you and they were telling me Mingalaba (hello). You can find during the way different places to drink water, juice or buy food on your way to the Golden Rock.
Once you finished your walked, you will see a huge Golden Rock where Burmese people are praying. You can go and touch the Golden Rock but only if you are a man. Women aren’t allow to go inside the Golden Rock. After spending time in the Pagoda, I went back walking to Kinpun. If you don’t want to do the pilgrimage way. There are trucks which are bringing people up to the Golden Rock and down to Kinpun. What to eat in Yangon and Food to Try in Yangon 999 Shan Noodle
Our favorite local restaurant in Yangon. There are many local dishes to try and also you can find dishes from Southeast Asia cuisine like Thailand and Vietnam. Prices are affordable and they always offer free tea. There are a few 999 Shan Noodle restaurants around city center in Yangon. We just visited the one near Sule Pagoda 5 minutes walking distance. You can just type their name in Google maps to find it! Indian Hut
Indian Restaurant in Yangon city center. There is an extensive Indian list of dishes to try. The service was good and prices were affordable $5-6 USD per person. Our favorite was Naan cheese and Nan garlic since we aren’t really good with hot food. Street Food
You can find shan noodles (rice noodles with chicken, peanuts and chilli flakes) for half dollar in the street. The cheapest that I found was 500 Kyats . Burmese people have for brekfast mohinga which is a rice noodle and fish soup. You can find samosas as Indian influence which I love. You can find barbecue like Chinese influence. You can find salads in Myanmar. Green papaya salad, they add peanuts, tomatoes, and fried soya beans. It’s really spicy! Where to Stay in Yangon
For our staying in Yangon we stayed in two different areas. Around Inya Lake peaceful next to Myanmar Plaza. And near the embassies area in Yangon. Both places were amazing places to stay in Yangon. We will write them with details below. Sedona Hotel
It’s located in front of Inya Lake and close to Myanmar Plaza. It’s perfect to move around the sunset in the lake and you can go for a drink to Myanmar Plaza and going back to the hotel in just two minutes. The location is great and there is transportation available around. We loved it so much the pool area and especially the views to the lake from our room. You will find great options for breakfast Western and local choices. Internet works really good at Sedona Hotel. And the club lounge offer free drinks from 6 pm to 8 pm with an amazing view to the lake. We spent our first night in Yangon at Sedona and Celina gave us the best tips to move around Yangon. Check out our pictures in the hotel below! Belmond Governor’s
A Boutique Hotel quiet and peaceful. It’s located around the embassies area in Yangon. Our favorite area was the pool where the colors were amazing. We loved it the food in Belmond Governor’s and the tea one of our best ones ever. We have the opportunity to meet the chef and for our surprise Karl Reyes was natural from the Philippines and he explained to us with details. Also if you visit Belmond Governor’s you will have the opportunity of meet the peacock walking around the hotel. Check out the pictures below.
For accommodation, you can find accommodation prices starting from $15-20 USD in a local guesthouse depending on how much you want to stretch your budget. Until luxury hotels in Yangon that can cost $100-300 USD for a room if you wish more comfort when visiting Yangon. Click here to get the best deals via Booking and Agoda.
You can also try AirBnB in Yangon with prices starting from $20 USD . Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB !
Travel Tip: Click here to know in Myanmar with 12Go Asia. Powered by 12Go Asia system Festivals in Yangon Image from Wikimedia
The Water Festival is celebrated during Burmese New Year mid April 13th. Thingyan Water Festival is like Bon Om Touk in Cambodia and Songkran Festival in Thailand also to celebrate the New Year! Thadingyut Festival Image from Wikimedia
Thadingyut Festival of Lights is celebrated in October and symbolizes the return of Buddha to paradise. Burmese people make offers in the pagodas and the most popular are the lantern lights in the sky at night.
If you are planning to visit Myanmar and want to explore its neighboring countries also, click here to read our full travel guide to Thailand. And read here , if you are planning to visit Malaysia.
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Squirrel stew, jelly beans, and hoecakes: Here are all 44 presidents’ favorite foods

May 25, 2019 caption Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and his wife Michelle eat a cheesesteak and fries during a campaign stop at Pat’s King of Steaks April 22, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. source Charles Ommanney/Getty Images
Presidents of the United States have had some eccentric choices for favorite foods. From squirrel stew to cheeseburger pizza, these commanders in chief didn’t let their time at America’s most famous address change their tastes. Here are the favorite foods of all 44 presidents. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Presidents have hundreds of staff members to cater to their every whim during their time in the White House.
Though the Executive Mansion hosts some of the country’s most exclusive and upscale dinners, each president has different tastes for their everyday fuel.
The recorded favorites of each president seem to stem from choices made by first ladies, food trends at the time, and comfort food to stay consistent through a rocky administration.
From squirrel stew to cheeseburger pizza, here are all 44 presidents’ favorite foods. George Washington: Hoecakes source VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images, Found Image Holdings/Corbis via Getty Images
The first president loved hoecakes topped with honey , an early version of an American breakfast classic that originated as a Native American recipe. John Adams: Hard cider source Stock Montage/Stock Montage/Getty Images, Carl D. Walsh/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images
Adams picked up the habit of drinking a morning “gill” of hard cider while attending Harvard and later wrote that he would “… never forget how refreshing and salubrious” he found the beverage in college. Thomas Jefferson: Mac and cheese source GraphicaArtis/Getty Images, Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post via Getty Images
Jefferson discovered macaroni during his European travels and is credited with popularizing the food in the US after he brought a machine for making the pasta back from Naples, Italy. James Madison: Ice cream source GraphicaArtis/Getty Images, Kris Connor/Getty Images for NYCWFF
While it’s hard to pin down one favorite food for Madison, first lady Dolley Madison popularized the frozen treat during her time in the White House and the president was one of its top consumers. James Monroe: Spoon bread source Universal History Archive/Getty Images, Helayne Seidman/For The Washington Post via Getty Images
Monroe stayed true to his native Virginia by snacking on spoon bread, which is similar to a bread pudding . John Quincy Adams: Fresh fruit source Stock Montage/Getty Images, Herb Swanson/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images
Adams is credited with a simple and healthy favorite of fresh fruit . Andrew Jackson: Leather britches source Stock Montage/Getty Images, Dayna Smith/for the Washington Post
Jackson’s favorite dish has nothing to do with sturdy pants but is a term for green beans cooked with bacon . Martin van Buren: Oysters source Hulton Archive/Getty Images, George Rose/Getty Images
The half-shell snack was just one of van Buren’s favorite foods, in addition to doughnuts, raisins, figs, and meat. William Henry Harrison: Squirrel stew source VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images, Muhammed Enes Yldrm/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Harrison’s proclivity for nature might have contributed to his taste for squirrel , which was a common protein at the time in a variety of dishes. John Tyler: Indian pudding source Stock Montage/Stock Montage/Getty Images, Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images
This cozy dish with spice and ice cream is similar to popular English desserts flavored with raisins and currants. James Polk: Cornbread source Universal History Archive/Getty Images, Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post via Getty Images
Cornbread was a tribute to Polk’s Tennessee roots during his time in the White House, much of which was spent entertaining alongside his wife, Sarah. Zachary Taylor: Calas source Stock Montage/Getty Images, Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images
Taylor’s taste for Southern and Creole food led him to calas, which are similar to the treats consisting of fried dough covered in powdered sugar now known as beignets. Millard Fillmore: Soup source Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images, Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/picture alliance via Getty Images
Fillmore was a fan of hearty foods , including beef stew, mock turtle soup, fish, ham with macaroni, duck, chicken, pigeon, and larded sweetbreads. Franklin Pierce: Fried clams source Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images, Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Pierce’s taste in food was true to his New England roots and included fried clams, clam chowder, and apple pie. James Buchanan: Cabbage
Buchanan had a taste for finer cuisine, including French dishes that had just arrived in America. However, he also counted cabbage among his consistent favorites. Abraham Lincoln: Bacon source Stock Montage/Getty Images, Pontus Johansson/Getty Images
Lincoln also cited gingerbread cookies among one of his closely held favorites, but was a reliably hearty eater and fond of bacon . Andrew Johnson: Hoppin’ John source PhotoQuest/Getty Images, Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Southerner Johnson’s comfort-food favorite is made with black-eyed peas, rice, chopped onion, sliced bacon, and salt. Ulysses S. Grant: Rice pudding source Stock Montage/Getty Images, Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post via Getty Images
Ulysses S. Grant kept things simple with his favorite – rice pudding. Rutherford B. Hayes: Cornmeal pancakes source National Archives/Newsmakers, Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Hayes enjoyed this simple but hearty dish during his presidency and his wife’s recipe for these Civil War-era pancakes has been preserved for diners of today. James Garfield: Squirrel soup source Brady-Handy/Epics/Getty Images, Muhammed Enes Yldrm/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Garfield was the second president to count squirrel as one of his favorite meals, which is nearly unheard of today. Chester Arthur: Mutton chops source Bettmann / Contributor via Getty Images, Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images
Arthur’s meal of choice matched his facial hair style, as both were known as mutton chops. Grover Cleveland: Pickled herring source Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images, Natasha Breen/REDA&CO/UIG via Getty Images
Cleveland was a bachelor when he entered the White House in 1884 and told a friend he wished he could pass up the luxurious meals for “a pickled herring, a Swiss cheese, and a chop instead of the French stuff.” Benjamin Harrison: Corn source Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images, Getty Images
Harrison’s beginnings in Ohio and Indiana put him in the middle of the country’s main corn production region and shaped his favorite foods for years to come. William McKinley: Meat and fish caption Former President William McKinley, who was the source of President Donald Trump’s “Tariff Man” moniker. source Hulton Archive/Getty Images, Natasha Breen/REDA&CO/UIG via Getty Images
It was written that McKinley and his wife were simple but hearty eaters, and “ liked plain food , in substantial quantities.” Theodore Roosevelt: Steak and gravy source Hulton Archive/Getty Images, Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images
Roosevelt was an adventurous eater and ate as one would expect a hunter would, counting wild game and steak among his favorites. William Taft: Steak and potatoes source MPI/Getty Images, DeAgostini/Getty Images
Taft, who came to be known as the heaviest US president in history, was a hearty and classic eater, relying on favorite staples of steak and potatoes. Woodrow Wilson: Chicken salad President Woodrow Wilson wanted to build a case against the Bolsheviks. source Stock Montage/Getty Images, Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post via Getty Images
Wilson was a simple eater, and the only stand-out favorite a former housekeeper could recall beyond classic breakfast foods was chicken salad. Warren G. Harding: Chicken pot pie source Topical Press Agency/Getty Images, Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Harding’s rollercoaster presidency might have pushed him toward the comfort-food favorite of a chicken pot pie that points back to his roots in the Midwest. Calvin Coolidge: Apple pie source Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images, Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images
Coolidge was a casual but adventurous eater, counting Vermont country pickles, Mrs. Coolidge’s Chicken Chop Suey, chicken chow mein, and apple pie made with pork among his favorite recipes. Herbert Hoover: Sweet potatoes with marshmallows
Hoover’s favorite has stood the test of time, as sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows can still be found on dinner tables across the country come Thanksgiving. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Grilled cheese source Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images, Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
According to Henrietta Nesbitt , Roosevelt’s White House housekeeper, FDR loved grilled cheese sandwiches in addition to other classic American foods, including scrambled eggs, fish chowder, hot dogs, and fruitcake. Harry Truman: Well-done steak

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