Tasty, Myanmar: Getting Acquainted with Burmese Cuisine

When people think of Asian cuisine, Burmese cuisine would rarely be top-of-mind.

Myanmar (formerly Burma) has been closed off from the rest of the world for decades. And while it has opened its doors in recent years, it’s still not getting as much tourists as its neighboring countries. It’s probably one of the reasons why Burmese cuisine is still not that popular.

When you do decide to visit, you’ll be treated to a variety of dishes influenced by Indian, Chinese, Laotian, and Thai cuisines. Myanmar owes this to its geographical location.

Burmese cuisine
My order (expectation)
Burmese cuisine
A Burmese feast! (reality)

In the first few hours of arriving in the country, my friends and I sat down at a restaurant. We thought the menu was pretty straightforward. You just have to choose a curry set (choice of chicken, pork, beef, fish, mutton, or venison meat), and that’s it.

But when our orders arrived, it came with bowls of soup, a plethora of side dishes, and a huge plate of fresh vegetables with dipping sauce. Needless to say, we were overwhelmed.

And did I mention they served unlimited rice and even free dessert? Now, that’s bang for your buck.

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Lamian World Cuisine at The Bellevue Bohol

Lamian, the Bellevue Resort Bohol’s main in-house restaurant, serves traditional Filipino and international fare using the ingredients the region has to offer.
The moment we stepped inside, the first thing that came to mind was fine dining. But with the warm lighting, earth tones, carved wood, and sea shell-adorned partitions, guests will surely enjoy the classy but relaxed atmosphere.
 Lamian has a seating capacity of 180 and is open from 6:00 am – 10:00 pm daily.
Here’s some of the fare at the dinner buffet: Japanese station offering assorted Sashimi, Maki and Tuna; at least two soups; plain & fried rice; cold cuts and cheese; assorted fresh garden greens; pasta station (they have an Italian Chef, by the way); fry station (highly recommended!); some of the mains were Spicy Shrimp, Fish Fillet Escabeche and Chicken in Coconut Milk; carving station with lamb leg and baked pork leg; dessert station (lots of options); fresh fruits and a liquor section.
They served some offbeat appetizers and sides like the one pictured above, Pickled Vegetables, Kinilaw na Tanigue (Tanigue Salad), Seaweed Salad and Tokwa at Baboy Salad!
Spicy Shrimp
Some ‘exotic’ dishes were: Ox Tongue Estofado (pictured) and Kalderetang Kambing (Goat Meat Stew in Tomato Sauce)
Halo-Halo
Probably every Filipino’s favorite dessert…except me. :p
Local Desserts
 
Endette and I were so amused with our room and the resort’s facilities we actually forgot to have lunch.
 
So, as embarrassing as it may sound, I was so famished come dinner time I thought I had every bit of excuse to indulge and stuff myself. Bad idea! I never felt so full in my entire life I literally felt like I was going to explode.
 
Death by buffet…literally

Counterclockwise: plate of fried fish fillet, squid rings and prawns; fried rice with slice of lamb with onion sauce and Escabeche; Carbonara and dessert plate consisting of Chocolate Moist Cake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Crunchy Chocolate, Creme Brulee, and Caramel Poundcake
 
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The next morning, we decided to dip in the pool first while everyone was having breakfast.
 
My breakfast plate: Hash Brown, bacon, sausage, fish fillet, Pork Steak and Beef Tapa 
 
It was a beautiful and sunny day so we decided to dine al fresco.
 
And even though we were a bit late for breakfast, the buffet spread was well-replenished.
 
Of course there are the breakfast staples hotdogs/sausages, bacon, longganisa; an omelet station; pancake station; cereal station; hash brown; some mains like Beef Tapa, Pork Steak, Chicken with Spinach Sauce and Fish Fillet; dried squid and danggit; some dimsum; congee; fresh fruit juices; breads/rolls and assorted spreads; fresh fruits and assorted native delicacies.
 
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What I like most about Lamian is how they allowed Filipino delicacies to take center stage whilst offering a variety of international fare. This, coupled with the attentive and courteous staff ensures guests will have a pleasurable dining experience. Lamian, indeed!

Allegro Restaurant of Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort

Aside from our gorgeous room, guess what else we enjoyed about our stay at Bluewater Maribago? Why, the sumptuous food, of course!

We had our buffet dinner and breakfast at Allegro Restaurant which is centrally located within the resort with a view of the main pool.
Recreational Bar

We arrived too early for dinner. Who’s excited? 😉

Allegro offers a variety of themed dinners and entertainment throughout the week. We were very lucky that the theme that night was Fishing Village! 😀Fresh local catch of the day grilled to your liking

Some mains (Beef Mechado, Chili Crab, Fish Fillet with Tausi), side dish and soup that night.

And I just realized I forgot to take a picture of the carving station, but the roast pork was insanely delicious!

I also noticed they have an extensive selection of appetizers, salads and desserts.

Notable ones are Breaded Pugapo and Prawn Filled with Cheddar and Dalandan-Tartare Sauce, Tomato and Kesong Puti, Bacon Shrimp and Pineapple Salad, Food for the Gods and the Pandan Brazo de Mercedes.

Then at 7:30 pm, the show started with a Tahitian dance followed by the Fireball Dancers. The performers were really good. And on their last set, they even asked the audience to join them. Well, the foreign guests were more than happy to be part of the production number. 😀

And the buffet breakfast? It was equally impressive.

For breakfast, guests can choose to either dine al fresco at the patio or inside this air conditioned hall
Variety of noodles and you get to choose the ingredients you want
Breakfast spread consists of cold cuts; salads; some Korean fare; a French toast, crepe and pancake station with a variety of sauces; assortment of rolls, and spread and cheese; dimsum; the usual tocino, ham and longganisa; an omelet station; and even a congee and champorado station 😀
Assortment of cereals and dried fruits
Breakfast of champions. I loved everything! 🙂
 
Clockwise: Danish pastry, sticky roll, bacon; chocolate de batirol; French toast, mini burger, a shot glass of strawberry yogurt; blueberry pancakes and mango crepe.
 
Not included in the picture is an omelet and a plate of siomai that Endette and I devoured! It was so good – comparable to the ones made in authentic Chinese restos in Binondo. 😀
 

But what made our dining experience more enjoyable was the superb service. The staff was not only attentive, but they anticipate your needs. You don’t even have to ask them to refill your water and will even volunteer to get the coffee/hot chocolate for you. They also greet foreign guests in their respective language and are particularly very fond of children.

It’s no wonder guests have a lovely stay at Bluewater Maribago.