Tuesday 14 October 2014

Burma Lane chef John McLeay hosts Intrepid’s first Burma food adventure

unnamed (8)Renowned Burma Lane, Red Spice Road and Red Spice QV Executive Chef John McLeay will be uncovering the secrets of Burmese cuisine on Intrepid Travel’s inaugural Real Food Adventure in Burma.

Not often regarded as a food destination like neighbouring countries Thailand and Vietnam, Burma is increasingly gaining recognition for its own unique cuisine and culinary traditions.

The 11-day Real Food Adventure – Burma will feature authentic food experiences that reflect the country’s diverse food culture. John McLeay will accompany travellers on their first four days in Yangon before the trip heads north to explore the cultural centres of Pagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake.

“John McLeay is an Australian restaurant icon and we are thrilled to have him on our very first special edition Food Adventure. John has travelled the lands of Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, China and Vietnam, learning the secrets of the region’s delicious yet delicate balance of flavours. When it comes to navigating the hectic markets of Burma, there is no-one better than John,” says James Thornton, Intrepid Travel Managing Director

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“Since their inception in 2013, Intrepid’s Real Food Adventures – with their focus on ‘grass roots’ food travel – are now in more than 15 countries worldwide and have been incredibly popular. This new ‘special edition’ trip is a foodie’s dream come true – what better way to delve deep into a country’s cuisine than with a celebrated food expert.”

“Not many people know about Burmese food and how tasty it can be,” says John McLeay. “Learning about and tasting Burmese food right now is like getting the inside scoop on this cuisine as I believe within the next few years it will be incredibly hot. I’m very excited to share a little-known cuisine with people and I can’t wait to reveal some great restaurants and fun bars in Yangon.”

Highlights of the Real Food Adventure – Burma include:
  • A walking tour of Yangon’s Chinatown with John McLeay revealing his favourite street food stalls.
  • Visiting the fish markets of Yangon before a hands-on master class with John McLeay.
  • Sampling local delicacies at the street markets of Mandalay.
  • Eating a home-cooked meal in an Inle Lake fishing village.
  • Tasting local vintages at a winery on the shores of Inle Lake.
  • Enjoying Yangon’s colonial past with high tea at The Strand.
  • Exploring the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda and gilded temples of historic Pagan.
The Real Food Adventure Burma – featuring chef John McLeay is from AUD $2995 per person and departs on 17 February 2015. For more information visit

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