Date Night in Mandalay BBE 01/19

Rated 4.7/5 from 5 Customer Reviews

The distinct and delicious flavours of cooking from Mandalay, Burma...

Myanmar’s location (formerly known as Burma), wedged between India, China and Thailand produces a cuisine that’s very distinctive, with combinations of flavours not seen anywhere else. The main flavourings are dried red chilli, ground turmeric, dried shrimp, garlic and onion.

Here we’ve got a rich chicken curry, tangy tamarind aubergines, some crispy fried onion & garlic flavoured with dried shrimp known as balachaung, a simple tomato salad dressed with sesame seeds and toasted chilli flakes to add at the table. For dessert we’ve got a fantastic coconut jelly served with chilli sugared fruit. Like many Burmese meals it’s an impressive spread and one that is sure to wow your date!

40 minutes

1 hour 30 minutes


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Special Price £3.00 Regular Price £8.00

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CHICKEN MARINADE: Turmeric, white pepper, ginger, coriander, garlic
AUBERGINE SPICES: Tamarind powder (tamarind, starch), turmeric, cumin, coriander
BALACHAUNG SPICES: Shrimp powder (shrimp, salt), chilli powder, paprika, garlic, onion
SALAD SPICES: Toasted sesame seeds, chilli flakes
CHILLI SUGAR: Chilli powder, paprika, amchur, sugar, salt

  • 300g diced chicken (thighs are best)
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Fresh ginger - finely chopped to make 2 tsp
  • 1 small aubergine
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 100g radishes
  • 10g bunch of coriander
  • 200g tropical fruit (e.g pineapple, mango or banana etc)
  • 250ml coconut water
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce or soy sauce
  • 25g sugar
  • Rice for 2 to serve
  • 90ml oil (sunflower or vegetable oil is best)
  • 2 leaves of sheet gelatine
  • Ice cream, cream or condensed milk to serve with the dessert
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So delicious and fun to make!

Katy Moore


Lovely as always. We thought it looked like too many chillies so used around 1/3 but could have used more, and also neither of us like aubergine so substituted with courgette which worked quite well. Though the curry and the onions were the best bits.

Spicery Customer

Burmese chicken curry was excellent. Also loved the crispy fried onion/garlic side. Tamarind aubergines were ok, aubergine is not my favourite though - just a matter of taste. Chilli fruit and coconut jelly rounded it off well. If the curry comes out as a

Spicery Customer