What It's Like to Be Illegally Gay in Myanmar
“My father was always trying to make an enemy out of me... He hated me for being gay."
The Best Food in Yangon Is Cooked by Street Kids
An initiative in the Burmese capital trains street children and marginalized youth to become confident chefs.
How Two Sisters Use Food to Celebrate Myanmar’s Most Misunderstood Minority
The semi-autonomous Wa State, located on Myanmar’s eastern border with China, is often dismissed as a haven for drug trafficking. But Yangon’s Root Kitchen & Bar wants to give visitors a taste of true Wa culture.
Meet the Team Revolutionizing Yangon's Culinary Scene
The minds behind Pun + Projects emphasize quality ingredients and attempt to keep pace with global restaurant trends. Oh, and don't ask them to pay bribes.
Meet the Ex-Nightclub Owner Who Went from Cleaning Floors at Wendy’s to Curing His Own Prosciutto in Yangon
When Sharky's founder Ye Htut Win couldn’t find the ingredients he wanted, he decided to become a farmer, a baker, a cheesemaker, and a butcher.
What Opening Up an Isolationist Nation to the Global Economy Does to Traffic
Public transit is neglected and cars are piling up in the roads. Can Myanmar get the problem under control?
Inside Burma’s First Kentucky Fried Chicken
Before decades of isolation and sanctions, Burma had no predilection for—let alone access to—Western fast food. Today, however, foreign brands like KFC are sweeping the market.
Myanmar’s 'Very Silly' Constitution Blocks Nobel Peace Prize Winner From Presidency
A legacy of military rule means Aung San Suu Kyi cannot become president after the country's first free election in 25 years, even if her party wins a landslide.
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Hundreds of Thousands of Citizens Won’t Be Allowed to Vote in Myanmar’s Historic Election
The Southeast Asian country will hold its first free election in 25 years on Sunday — but many citizens will be barred from voting.
Meet the Burmese Punks Feeding Their Country's Homeless
Every Monday night, a group of black-clad, silver-studded punks meet under an overpass in downtown Yangon to distribute food to people living on the streets.
Yangon’s ‘Pork on Stick’ Is More Than Just Pork on a Stick
Wet Thar Dote Htoe, literally translated as “pork on stick” is engrained in Myanmar street food culture, thanks to the entrepreneurial skills (and high quality offal) of one family.
Taking the Machismo and MSG Out of Myanmar's Tea Shops
Tiny cups of sweet tea, MSG-laced dishes, and underaged waiters are the backbone of traditional Burmese tea shops, but Rangoon Tea House in Yangon is trying to change that with delicious food and a more welcoming atmosphere.