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Well Burma, I may have overstayed my welcome.  It always seems like I end up stayed about twice as long as I anticipated in every country I “visit”.  And so it’s time to move on, before the blog turns into Girl Cooks Burma.   If you’re new around here or missed a recipe or two, here’s a recap of my Burmese gluten-free cooking adventures.

* Upgrade your side of starch with this Burmese Coconut Rice.
* Short on time? A quick marinade yields some fantastic  Spiced Yogurt Chicken.
* Need a filling lunch that won’t weigh you down?  Try this Shrimp and Cucumber Salad.
* Because sometimes you need a starchy rice dessert: Sweet Sticky Rice Cake.
* Love kabocha as much as I do?  This Tamarind Kabocha Curry is pretty great.
* The perfect quick meal to use up spring produce:  Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry.
* A fried treat you can almost feel virtuous eating: Spiced Yellow Split Pea Fritter.
* These Coconut Agar-Agar Jellies might be the most fun gelatin dessert ever.
* Need ideas for that package of ground beef in the fridge?  How about some Meatball Curry?
* Golden Crispy Shallots: aka little pieces of heaven aka vegan bacos.
* Sprinkle some Toasted Chickpea Flour on your salad for depth of flavor.
* Burmese Shrimp Powder: a one-two umami punch.
* Sometimes simple can also be extraordinary: Fragrant Chickpea Soup with Lemongrass and Ginger.
* Creamy Coconut Crab Curry: because crab just makes everything better.
* The most fund you can have with hard-boiled eggs:  Golden Egg Curry
* I’d happily trade in my daily salad for this Wilted Spinach Salad with Tomatoes and Golden Crispy Shallots.
* Love tofu but aren’t a fan of soy?  Try this Chickpea Tofu -a brilliant Burmese alternative.
* If you need ideas for using that tofu, this Chickpea Tofu Salad with Sesame and Cilantro is incredible.
* This Grated Carrot Salad tastes like green papaya salad but is made with easy to find ingredients!
* Bored on tuna salad?  Try this Fish Salad with Shallots and Fresh Herbs.
* Add a dab or two of this Sweet and Fiery Chile Pepper Sauce to spice up scrambled eggs or soups.
* This fragrant and striking Yellow Fried Rice with Shallots and Peas is a snap to make.
* Have some leftover tamarind pulp?  You’ll want to try this Tart and Garlicky Tamarind Sauce.
* Sick of boring old burgers?  These  Beef Lemongrass Sliders are infused with all sort of spiced goodness.

And if that list only whet your appetite for more Burmese food, I do have a couple Burmese cookbook recommendations for you guys.  While you won’t find many English language Burmese cookbooks out there, you’ll find plenty of good recipes in the three following books.

Burmese CookbooksThe Burmese Kitchen: Recipes from the Golden Land by Copeland Marks and Aung Thien; Burma: Rivers of Flavor by Naomi Duguid;  and Under the Golden Pagoda: The Best of Burmese Cooking by Aung Aung Taik

And I’ll just be jumping across the border for a little layover before I do another full-on country visit.  Back with a recipe in a bit…

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