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'Little Myanmar' Brings Burmese Delicacies to Jackson Heights

By Katie Honan | March 15, 2017 3:43pm | Updated on March 17, 2017 6:02pm
 Little Myanmar sells imported food featured in Burmese cooking.
Little Myanmar
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JACKSON HEIGHTS — A tiny market selling goods from Myanmar opened on 74th Street, marking one of the only places in the city focused on items used in Burmese cooking. 

Little Myanmar opened last week at 37-50 74th St., next to a Burmese salon inside the same stretch of stalls featuring famous Tibetan restaurant Lhasa Fast Food.

Khin Mar Yee, who works at the shop, said it imports all of its food and snacks from Myanmar — like the fried fish sauce popular in most dishes, as well as green and sweet teas brewed throughout the day and used in the cuisine's signature tea leaf salad.

Other items include sweet tamarind candies wrapped in bright foil, Burmese kimchi made of pearl onions, bags of spicy curry, and dehydrated chickpeas. 

Bags of fruit jam, generally eaten with bread for dessert, are stacked up near the top shelf.

The stall also sells clothing, bags and jewelry boxes imported from Myanmar. 

Yee said the shop has welcomed many visitors since opening who are "happy" to see the selections, which help them explore their own cooking. 

There are only two Burmese restaurants she knows of in New York City: Burma Noodle Bar in Sunset Park and Burmese Bites, a stand at the Queens International Night Market in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. 

The market's opening was first reported by Eat The World NYC.