Host: Min

Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar

USD
$34-$94 per person

Enjoy authentic Burmese cuisine in the middle of Inle Lake

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Min

Min learned to cook traditional Shan cuisine from his mother and is eager to share his family recipes. Most of the dishes he offers are only prepared at home and cannot be found in restaurants. Min has been a local guide for many years and enjoys showcasing Burmese food and culture. He is full of interesting information about Myanmar, its people, food and culture.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Float through the village, the only way to get to Min and May's modest bamboo home that sits atop Inle Lake. The boat ride to his home located in a village in the northern part of Inle Lake takes 15-20 minutes from Nyaung Shwe. The kitchen and dining area are out in the open, in the middle of Inle Lake, with stunning views of the floating garden and mountains in the background! After you chat about the food and culture in depth, you will sit down with Min and his family to enjoy traditional Inthar and Shan cuisine that may include dishes such as Inle fish curry, Shan tofu curry, green tomato salad and chicken with lime and basil.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join Min and his wife, May to cook popular Shan dishes in his open, outdoor kitchen in the middle of Inle Lake. This is a hands-on class, where you will learn to make 2-3 Burmese dishes from scratch. Learn about Inle food, culture and their way of life during your two-hour cooking class with Min before sharing the meal you helped prepare with him.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) After picking you up from your hotel, you will drive to the market to learn more about local herbs and ingredients used in Shan cuisine. This is a five-day rotating market, so it is in a different location each day. Visit the market together, learning about and tasting different local specialities. If you also book the cooking lesson you may buy a few ingredients that you will use in your cooking class. If you have booked a meal or cooking lesson with your market visit you will climb aboard Min’s boat and head to his home in the middle of Inle Lake for a truly off-the-eaten-path experience!

Please note that the market at Inle Lake is closed two days per month, at the full moon and the new moon. Please ask Traveling Spoon or Min during booking to confirm if your visit coincides with a closed market day.

Notes: Pick up and drop-off from your central Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake hotel is included in the price of your booking. Please write your hotel name and address when creating your booking. Min can also prepare a vegan meal. Please note on days when Min is unavailable, his wife May will host the experience alone.

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Inle fish curry
  • Shan tofu curry
  • Green tomato salad
  • Chicken in a lime and basil sauce

Traveler reviews

My experience with Min on Inle Lake was one of my favorite, most memorable experiences of a recent 10-day solo journey throughout Myanmar - and I packed my trip full of incredible things. Min confirmed my class via email about 2 weeks prior to the date and then on the day of my cooking class, Min arrived at my hotel early in order to pick me up for the day. I could tell immediately that Min is very outgoing and friendly and we chatted the entire boat ride to the market - about my trip, my job, Inle Lake, our past experiences, similarities and differences between our countries, American politics and more. Min is one of the best English speakers I encountered during my time in Myanmar - and he actually knows some spanish, too! Going to the market to shop with Min was so much fun - and felt different than the previous market visits I had done to just have a look around. He had me trying samples of different foods, bargaining with vendors and explaining why he was choosing this or that. I also got to make decisions about what we would cook. After the market visit, we continued on to his village, which is made up of about 70 houses, and where Min has built two small houses specifically for use for his cooking classes. Each has a kitchen, large table for preparing the food and outdoor porch with picnic table and two umbrellas as well as a bathroom and sink - perfect. Here, Min's wife, May, and sister, Yin, are beginning to prepare the ingredients for the class. Min says right away, "please, make yourself at home" and he means it. Take water or soda from the fridge, take photos, take a break, whatever you want. Throughout the morning, we worked together to make 8 different dishes. I had lots of questions for Min and May and we talked a lot in between their instructing me. Once all the food was all ready, we sat together outside and enjoyed a feast - green tomato salad, fried spring onions and veggies, vegetable curry, a fish dish, a chicken dish, chickpea tofu dish, smoked eggplant salad and more. It was all delicious! Afterwards, Min or May gave me a tour in a canoe through their village, their floating gardens and then they invited me into their home for a tour and tea. Added bonus - they have an adorable 2 year old son!! All in all, amazing experience and HIGHLY recommended. - Rose September 10, 2017

Mr. Min was an incredible host. He picked me up right at my accommodation and we went to a local market together. He explained every ingredient we purchased together in great length, and I left the market feeling as though I had some basic knowledge of everything we were about to cook. We then climbed aboard his modest boat and headed to his home in the middle of Inle Lake! His brother drove the boat, and his sister helped prepare the meals. A cooking class with Mr. Min is definitely a family affair and was great fun. Anyone making their way to Myanmar needs to experience his class for themselves! Mr. Min provided me with loads of information on the country and the food. I loved the green tomato salad. I hate tomatoes, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this particular dish. It was seasoned with a delicious peanut sauce and so easy to make. I loved this class because even though all of the dishes are of Shan descent, they are all easily made anywhere in the world. - Traveling Spoon Ambassador Kelly

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Min

$34-$94 USD

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  • This host accepts same day and next day bookings

Meet Min

Min learned to cook traditional Shan cuisine from his mother and is eager to share his family recipes. Most of the dishes he offers are only prepared at home and cannot be found in restaurants. Min has been a local guide for many years and enjoys showcasing Burmese food and culture. He is full of interesting information about Myanmar, its people, food and culture.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Float through the village, the only way to get to Min and May's modest bamboo home that sits atop Inle Lake. The boat ride to his home located in a village in the northern part of Inle Lake takes 15-20 minutes from Nyaung Shwe. The kitchen and dining area are out in the open, in the middle of Inle Lake, with stunning views of the floating garden and mountains in the background! After you chat about the food and culture in depth, you will sit down with Min and his family to enjoy traditional Inthar and Shan cuisine that may include dishes such as Inle fish curry, Shan tofu curry, green tomato salad and chicken with lime and basil.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join Min and his wife, May to cook popular Shan dishes in his open, outdoor kitchen in the middle of Inle Lake. This is a hands-on class, where you will learn to make 2-3 Burmese dishes from scratch. Learn about Inle food, culture and their way of life during your two-hour cooking class with Min before sharing the meal you helped prepare with him.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) After picking you up from your hotel, you will drive to the market to learn more about local herbs and ingredients used in Shan cuisine. This is a five-day rotating market, so it is in a different location each day. Visit the market together, learning about and tasting different local specialities. If you also book the cooking lesson you may buy a few ingredients that you will use in your cooking class. If you have booked a meal or cooking lesson with your market visit you will climb aboard Min’s boat and head to his home in the middle of Inle Lake for a truly off-the-eaten-path experience!

Please note that the market at Inle Lake is closed two days per month, at the full moon and the new moon. Please ask Traveling Spoon or Min during booking to confirm if your visit coincides with a closed market day.

Notes: Pick up and drop-off from your central Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake hotel is included in the price of your booking. Please write your hotel name and address when creating your booking. Min can also prepare a vegan meal. Please note on days when Min is unavailable, his wife May will host the experience alone.

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Inle fish curry
  • Shan tofu curry
  • Green tomato salad
  • Chicken in a lime and basil sauce

Traveler reviews

My experience with Min on Inle Lake was one of my favorite, most memorable experiences of a recent 10-day solo journey throughout Myanmar - and I packed my trip full of incredible things. Min confirmed my class via email about 2 weeks prior to the date and then on the day of my cooking class, Min arrived at my hotel early in order to pick me up for the day. I could tell immediately that Min is very outgoing and friendly and we chatted the entire boat ride to the market - about my trip, my job, Inle Lake, our past experiences, similarities and differences between our countries, American politics and more. Min is one of the best English speakers I encountered during my time in Myanmar - and he actually knows some spanish, too! Going to the market to shop with Min was so much fun - and felt different than the previous market visits I had done to just have a look around. He had me trying samples of different foods, bargaining with vendors and explaining why he was choosing this or that. I also got to make decisions about what we would cook. After the market visit, we continued on to his village, which is made up of about 70 houses, and where Min has built two small houses specifically for use for his cooking classes. Each has a kitchen, large table for preparing the food and outdoor porch with picnic table and two umbrellas as well as a bathroom and sink - perfect. Here, Min's wife, May, and sister, Yin, are beginning to prepare the ingredients for the class. Min says right away, "please, make yourself at home" and he means it. Take water or soda from the fridge, take photos, take a break, whatever you want. Throughout the morning, we worked together to make 8 different dishes. I had lots of questions for Min and May and we talked a lot in between their instructing me. Once all the food was all ready, we sat together outside and enjoyed a feast - green tomato salad, fried spring onions and veggies, vegetable curry, a fish dish, a chicken dish, chickpea tofu dish, smoked eggplant salad and more. It was all delicious! Afterwards, Min or May gave me a tour in a canoe through their village, their floating gardens and then they invited me into their home for a tour and tea. Added bonus - they have an adorable 2 year old son!! All in all, amazing experience and HIGHLY recommended. - Rose September 10, 2017

Mr. Min was an incredible host. He picked me up right at my accommodation and we went to a local market together. He explained every ingredient we purchased together in great length, and I left the market feeling as though I had some basic knowledge of everything we were about to cook. We then climbed aboard his modest boat and headed to his home in the middle of Inle Lake! His brother drove the boat, and his sister helped prepare the meals. A cooking class with Mr. Min is definitely a family affair and was great fun. Anyone making their way to Myanmar needs to experience his class for themselves! Mr. Min provided me with loads of information on the country and the food. I loved the green tomato salad. I hate tomatoes, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this particular dish. It was seasoned with a delicious peanut sauce and so easy to make. I loved this class because even though all of the dishes are of Shan descent, they are all easily made anywhere in the world. - Traveling Spoon Ambassador Kelly

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Market Tour
$62 $40 $34
Market Tour + Meal
$84 $70 $56
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $86 $86
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Market Tour
8:00am-10:00am
Market Tour+ Meal
8:00am-12:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
8:00am-1:00pm 3:00pm-8:00pm
Host Contact
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