In Myanmar, the wraps with banana and coconut are typically enjoyed after a meal, along with a cup of tea. The banana leaf functions as natural packaging, which makes the wraps perfect to bring along as a snack for farmers working in the field, or for your lunch box if you wish, though I would recommend eating the wraps, while they’re still hot, straight from the steamer. Don’t let the exotic ingredients scare you off. The banana wraps are really easy to make and super tasty, so I hope you’ll give it a try.
Before the banana leaves are ready to use, you need to wash them and remove any larger stems. If you are using banana leaves straight from the palm tree, you will also need to soften the leaves. This is done by passing the leaves over a gas burner or a gas range, so be careful not to burn your fingers. Another option is to heat the banana leaves in the oven for 5-10 minutes. The heat softens the leaves and give them a bright green color, and now they are ready for use.
About Tea Garden in Mae Sot, Thailand
Tea Garden is the restaurant at Borderline Collective in Mae Sot. Borderline supports migrants and refugees from Myanmar and the Tea Garden restaurant serves the most delicious Burmese food prepared by chef Nge Nge with love. The restaurant is located in an outdoor garden next to the Borderline Shop, like a quiet oasis just off the main road in Mae Sot and the clientele is a mix of international NGO workers and local Mae Sot residents. All the dishes at the restaurant are vegetarian and a great deal of them are vegan too. Tea Garden also offers cooking classes, so you can learn how to cook the delicious dishes served at the restaurant.