Saturday, November 17, 2018

St. Mary’s Cathedral: Breathtaking Red Brick Church (Yangon, ASEAN’s Jewel Series 14 )

St. Mary’s Cathedral  
 Breathtaking Red Brick Church  
Yangon, ASEAN’s Jewel Series 14  

Yangon’s Saint Mary's Cathedral also known as 
Immaculate Conception Cathedral is the largest
Catholic church in this predominantly Buddhist city.

 

Built in 1895, this impressive neo-Gothic red-brick
building with classic spires and a bell tower front,

 

…it is one of the most stunning
churches I visited in my lifetime.


The interior was floridly decorated,


…with alternating red-, white- blue and green-bricks, 

 

…creating an eye- catching intricate patterns,

 

 

 

…that then brickwork makes the church seem to
move and pulsate like a living and breathing entity.

 

The Cathedral is also decorated with
some exquisite stained glass windows,

 
…a display Stations of the Cross
series made of alabaster relief,


…and beautiful, vaulted ceilings.

. 

St Mary’s Cathedral is situated on 15 acres of land,

 

…and very well-kept church,

 






... with beautiful well tended churchyard,

 

…neat manicured quiet gardens,


…providing an escape from the hustle
and bustle of downtown Yangon.


It is a beautiful and stunning church,

 

… in and out,


…and a must visit place
for any tourist in Yangon.

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Inya Lake 
Serene Lakeside Walk
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Colonial Yangon 
A Historic Tour to Yangon’s Past
Yangon,ASEAN’s Jewel Series 3 

Sharky’s 
Food and Passion in Yangon,
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Aung San Market 
Old Colonial Scott Market. 
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Kandagwe Lake 
The Great Royal Lake,
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Shwedagon Pagoda 
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Sedona Buffet 
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The Level Lounge
Yangon’s Bird’s Eyeview at the Top of the Melia
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Hard Rock Café Yangon 
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Shining. Simmering  Splendid
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Yangon’s Michelin Star Restaurant 
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Mo Hin Khar 
Myanmar’s National Food
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St. Mary’s Cathedral 
Breathtaking Red Brick Church
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HLA Day Souvenirs 
Environment Friendly Souvenirs 
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The Market 
Best Hotel Buffet
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Yangon Culinaria 
Best Eats in Yangon
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Yangon International Airport 
Surprisingly Modern Airport
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My O, Myanmar 
Loving Yangon’s Golden Splendor.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mo Hin Khar: Myanmar’s National Food (Yangon, ASEAN’s Jewel Series 13)


Mo Hin Khar 
Myanmar’s National Food
Yangon, ASEAN’s Jewel Series 13

Mo Hin Khar also known as Mohinga
is an iconic rice noodle and fish soup and
is an essential part of Burmese cuisine.



It is considered as Myanmar’s national dish,
usually eaten traditionally for breakfast but
could also be consumed any time of the day.

 

It is readily available from street hawkers on most  
roadside stalls selling several variants of mohinga,

 

…but I got to try two versions of the dish-
the first one at the Melia’s Market Place, 

 

…and the second one at the Melia’s Level Lounge.

 

The Melia’s Market Place’s pre cooked version  
of Mohinga had the rich catfish broth, together with
all the ingredients are kept heated in a  cauldron.

 

This version of Mo Hin Khar had tender strips
of what appears to be a stewed beef mesentery.
It was tasty but something I would not crave for.

 

The Melia’s Level Lounge’s  version 
was different and a lot better.

 

The rich catfish broth flavored with onions,
lemongrass, banana tree stems  spiced with
ginger and was stewed in a heated cauldron.

 

The other ingredients of  like garlic,

 

…coriander,

 

…crushed dried chillis,

 

… split chickpeas,

 

...lime,

 

… and boiled egg,

 

…were served in a buffet to be added to the rice noodles.

 

 

Eating Mo Hin Khar was as natural 
 as eating a true blue Pinoy Mami. 



It was good, 

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Inya Lake 
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Colonial Yangon 
A Historic Tour to Yangon’s Past
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Sharky’s 
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HLA Day Souvenirs 
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Le Planteur: Yangon’s Michelin Star Restaurant (Yangon, ASEAN’s Jewel Series 12)

Le Planteur 
Yangon’s Michelin Star Restaurant 
Yangon, ASEAN’s Jewel Series 12

Le Planteur is the most talked-about restaurant in Yangon,

 

...and it is not surprising as it is a Michelin Star Restaurant,

 



…and recognized as one the best restaurants
not only in Myanmar but is Asia as well.

 

Located at the shores of serene Inya Lake,


…one may have a choice to dine outdoor
under the moonlight by the lakeside,

 

…or in an open veranda, also with
the view of the beautiful Inya Lake,

 

…or even in an informal
dining area like the porch.

 

There are several private indoor dining rooms,

 

 

...with interiors that of a dominantly classy French
with an eclectic mix of local Burmese elements.

  

 

Whichever you choose, the dining
ambiance in Le Planteur is amazing.

 


With the gorgeous ambiance,

 

... we excitedly waited with abated breath to try the food.

 

This initially served us assorted breads and judging by
 the freshly baked aroma and the creamy texture of 
the dough- we knew that we are in culinary heaven.

 

What I initially thought as an appetizer, turned out tp
be an Amuse Bouche. a bite-sized ‘hors d'œuvre’,
French phrase which literally means mouth amuser.

 

As a French tradition, they offered complementary
wine, meant to prepare us for the main meal service,



The Hokkaido Scallop Mille Feuilles which means"thousand-leaves”, 
the layers of  puff pastry alternating with spicy Wasabi Ice Cream. It was an 
 unexpectedly delicious combination with the sweet fondant perfectly blending
 with the fiery wasabi creating a piquant explosion of flavors in the mouth.



I loved the Foie Gras Pan Seared Salty Caramel.
The deliciously seasoned and perfectly pan seared
Foie Gras was sinfully creamy served with beetroot.
sliced and arranged ever so beautifully, creating
not just a delicious but also a visually stunning dish.

 

The Lamb Rack in Green Garlic Crust was
a work of art and a culinary masterpiece as well.
The lamb was tender and juicy and was coated
with tangy garlic crust spiced with aromatic herbs.

 

Another main dish which name I could not recall
but remember hearing a flatfish from the waiter,
and just like the lamb it was a also a culinary gem
as it has a deliciously subtle aromatic herb flavor.



They served the Raw Mil Premium Cheese Board 
where a great selection some of the finest French
cheeses was served, a holdover from European dining
tradition of serving a cheese course after the mains. 



We ended our dinner with the sinfully delicious 
Black Chocolate and Passion Fruit Dome ,

 

…that went well with a cup of perfectly brewed coffee.

 

The food was superb, service was excellent,

 



…the lakeside location was awesome,

 

…the dining atmosphere was classy
yet relaxed and non- intimidating,

 

 

 …all factor up together in creating the
best dining experience we had in Yangon. 

  

 

Le Planteur is definitely the best dining restaurant in Yangon,

 

......and there no other restaurant in  the city comes closeto it.

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Melia Hotel 
Laid-back Lakeside Luxury
Yangon,ASEAN’s Jewel Series 1 

Inya Lake 
Serene Lakeside Walk
Yangon,ASEAN’s Jewel Series 2 

Colonial Yangon 
A Historic Tour to Yangon’s Past
Yangon,ASEAN’s Jewel Series 3 

Sharky’s 
Food and Passion in Yangon,
Yanon ASEAN’s Jewel Series 4 

Aung San Market 
Old Colonial Scott Market. 
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Kandagwe Lake 
The Great Royal Lake,
Yangon, ASEAN’s Jewel Series 6 

Shwedagon Pagoda 
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Sedona Buffet 
Awesome feast of Global Cuisine
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Hard Rock Café Yangon 
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Yangon’s Michelin Star Restaurant 
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Mo Hin Khar 
Myanmar’s National Food
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St. Mary’s Cathedral 
Breathtaking Red Brick Church
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HLA Day Souvenirs 
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The Market 
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Yangon Culinaria 
Best Eats in Yangon
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Yangon International Airport 
Surprisingly Modern Airport
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My O, Myanmar 
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