Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lephet Thoke (Burmese Fermented Tea Leaf Salad)

So, I have seen this spelled lephet, lahpet, and laphet. No clue which is correct. It's probably just a phoneticized version anyway.

"A thee ma, thayet; a thar ma, wet; a ywet ma, lahpet."
"Of all the fruit, the mango's the best; of all the meat, the pork's the best;
and of all the leaves, lahpet's the best."

Lephet Thoke (Burmese Fermented Tea Leaf Salad)
fermented tea leaves adapted from Absolutely Monica

For my salad, I diverged from what I read was traditional, swapping out romaine lettuce for arugula and peanuts for hazelnuts; I also added hard boiled eggs and, accidently, omitted the sesame seeds. Whoops. The result was very tasty, albeit bitter, and really only enjoyed by the tall Manns. 

Layer washed and dried arugula, tomato wedges, and hardboiled egg wedges on your serving plate. Spoon a heap of the fermented tea leaves in the center. When serving have the diners grab bits of each ingredient and toss on their own plates.

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