Think You Know About Burma? Have You Tried The Food?

By Phil Clarke, Editor of The Handbook website Phil Clarke |
22nd March 2018

We know so much about the changing political situations in Burma that it comes as a bit of a surprise to realise that we understand so little about the culture, if someone asked you who Aung San Sui Kui is, you’d (hopefully) have no difficulty in identifying her. If someone asked you what food they eat in Burma, you’d likely struggle. Which is one of the reasons Lahpet is important, a Burmese restaurant opening in Shoreditch next month. The other is the brilliant food.

Lahpet has proven itself over the last year with its year-long Hackney popup, and now they’ve pretty much got everything buttoned down by now, so the perfect moment to launch a permanent home. It’s a long way from their stall on Maltby Street Market when they originally launched.

The founders are Dan Anton and Head Chef Zaw Mahesh, who both bring Burmese heritage to the table. Mahesh also brings an impressive CV, having left Burma to relocate to the UK ten years ago to pursue a career as a chef and has since honed his skills at the Corinthia Hotel, Daylesford Organic and Milos in St James’.

Lahpet, which translates directly as ‘tea’ will continue using the very best Burmese and British, using locally supplied fish, meat and vegetables and a wide range of indigenous ingredients imported monthly from Myanmar monthly, ensuring faithful seasonality.

The menu will include mixed fritters, lamb and lahpet (slow cooked pulled lamb with pickled tea leaves, beans and baby carrots), hake masala (Burmese masala with lemongrass rosti, spring onion and lime) tofu nway (Shan tofu soup) and Mohinga (fish chowder).

Discover one of the most interesting countries in the world through its food at Lahpet, from this April.

Lahpet: Soft launches on Friday 6th April, 58 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6JW, www.lahpet.co.uk

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