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Zay Collectives celebrate Burmese cuisine in Thailand


The Chiang Mai Food Festival 2024 was held at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center Jan. 27-28. It featured several Burmese food vendors in Thailand known as Zay Collectives. This includes Zinme Teahouse, Bamama Cooks, May & Min, Daw Yin Kye and others.

“Our concept is called zay which means market in Burmese,” said Trish, founder of Bamama Cooks – a Burmese kitchen and social enterprise in Thailand. “Zay Collective is a group of small Burmese business owners, based in Chiang Mai. We just want to increase awareness [about our food and culture].” 

Twenty Burmese businesses were among the 140 local food vendors in attendance. They gave demonstrations on how to pour proper Burmese pulled tea and Inle green tea. Trish gave a talk about laphet, the fermented tea leaf salad. Favorites like Mohinga, Shan noodles and Kayah sausage were also available.

“The concept of this festival is the love of food. Chiang Mai is a melting pot,” said Manaswat Chutima, the director of Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center (Credit: Saw Min Thein)
Chef Trish from Bamama Cooks gives a demonstration on how to make laphet, a traditional Burmese fermented tea leaf salad (Credit: Saw Min Thein).


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