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Tea Leaves

When comfort food is no longer a refuge

A Myanmar exile's struggles with food offer a metaphor for her country's trials

Yay-mont is a savory pancake made with rice flour and filled with tomatoes and spring onions. (Photo by Kelly Mcnamara)

Laphet thote, (pickled tea leaf salad) is a distinctively versatile dish that graces most dining tables in Myanmar. It can be a savory snack, a filling meal when paired with a bowl of fluffy white rice, or a palate-cleansing dessert taken with cups of freshly brewed Chinese tea.

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