Laphet – Fermented Tea Leaves
Myanmar is one of the few countries where tea is both consumed as a drink and as a delicacy. Laphet is regarded as a national delicacy that plays a significant and special role in Myanmar society and remains a traditional Burmese gesture of hospitality and is served to guests visiting a home.
Lahpet can be served as a snack or after a meal for family and visitors. It is usually placed in the center of the table with the green tea. Lahpet Thoke is a fermented tea salad that is very popular and nationwide consumed across Myanmar. It is prepared by mixing the ingredients of lahpet and adding fresh tomatoes, garlic, green chilis, and shredded cabbage, and is dressed with fish sauce, sesame or peanut oil, and lime juice depands on how people like to consume.
How to enjoy Lahpet?
In Western culture, Lahpet can be used as a spice or topping.
Fermented tea leaves add a burst of flavour to a variety of dishes. Pile a plate high with crispy fried beans, peanuts, garlic, sesame seeds and dried shrimp or add to soups, omelettes and dumplings.
You can find dozens of recipes to enjoy this spice here: https://www.myanmartealeaf.com/blog/category/paline-recipes/
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