0451 Mornings are for Mont Hin Gar
By Bryan Koh
Both a food-centred travelogue and recipe book, 0451 Mornings are for Mont Hin Gar explores regional Burmese cuisine, taking the reader on a journey through Myanmar’s vast and varied culinary landscape. The title pays homage to mont hin gar, a fish soup noodle dish that the locals usually have for breakfast. Filling its pages are richly illustrated food stories gleaned through the author’s travels all over the country, from Mandalay teashops to Waymo eateries, from Rakhine markets to Bagan and Mawlamyaing home kitchens. Laden with information on local ingredients and cooking methods, one can expect recipes for staples, such as fermented tea leaf salad and mont hin gar, as well as more unusual dishes such as kyaing tong peanut tofu salad, Chin white corn porridge, and a curry of pork, fermented sesame paste and citron leaves from the arid central plains.