The potato dumplings (aloo ket tha late kyaw) are a popular snack in Myanmar. Traditionally, they were enjoyed in the afternoon, often paired with milk tea, and housewives would enjoy the dumplings during their afternoon gatherings, where they shared stories before going home to cook dinner.
There’s an ongoing discussion about the origins of the beloved potato dumplings. Some suggest that they were introduced from India, as evidenced by the use of masala in certain versions. Other people believe the dumplings originated from China, because they are often eaten with soy sauce as a dipping sauce. The town of Heho in the southern Shan State is notable for its potato cultivation, benefiting from nutrient-rich black soil. However, potato farming is also widespread in other parts of Myanmar.
Recipe and notes by Chef Nge-Nge, Tea Garden restaurant at Borderline Collective in Mae Sot.
Chef Nge-Nge: Tea Garden is a vegetarian restaurant, so we use tofu as a filling in this recipe, though at home, I would use pork and maybe cheese for the filling.
About Borderline Collective in Mae Sot, Thailand
Borderline Collective is located in Mae Sot, which is about the closest you get to Myanmar, while still being on the Thai side of the border. The shop/restaurant/art gallery/creative space was started with the purpose of supporting migrant and refugee women from Myanmar, by helping the women sell their handmade products. The women are organized in smaller, autonomous, collectives based in the small villages along the border, and Borderline Collective provides a space for the women to showcase their products, and thus reach a larger customer base.