Burmese Pork and Vegetable Curry

Burmese curry, pork, vegetables, Spicie Foodie

It has been a really long time since I last shared a curry recipe. I’m not sure why that is because we do eat curry often. Regardless, it’s about time a new curry recipe was posted here on Spicie Foodie.

Have you ever eaten Burmese curry? It is quite unique in flavor, and I mean unique in a good way. Burmese curries, and food, incorporate ingredients from the major surrounding cuisines. For example, soy sauce and sesame oil are used much like in Chinese cuisine. Typically a Burmese curry uses less spices then Thai or Indian, and no curry powder/paste is used. Often times a Burmese curry may be served over rice noodles rather than rice.

Burmese curry, pork, vegetables, Spicie Foodie

When you cook Burmese curries you always start with a sauce base made of turmeric, ginger, chili, onion and garlic. These ingredients are ground and lightly fried to form the curry base. Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients in my recipe. This curry recipe is quite simple and fast to prepare. In fact I had it on the table in about 35 minutes. My schedule has been incredibly busy and lately I’m gravitating towards simple and fast dinners. Hence the bag of frozen vegetables used. If you have extra time you could of course chop up some fresh vegetables to replace the frozen ones.

Burmese curry, pork, vegetables, Spicie Foodie

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Burmese Pork and Vegetable Curry
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An exotic yet easy to prepare Burmese curry. It is a mild, thick curry perfect for serving over rice noodles.
Recipe type: Main, Entree, Curry
Serves: 2-3
  • 500 g or 1 lb. boneless, skinless pork or chicken, cut into strips or cubed
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tsp. lemon grass powder
  • 1-2 tbsp water or oil
  • 2 large Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 green chile, finely chopped
  • 1 pack frozen vegetable mix*
  • 1.5 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • salt or soy sauce to taste
  • 1 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp tamarind concentrate
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and boiled
  • 1 cup or 250 ml water or chicken broth
Additional ingredients:
  • finely chopped green onion, to serve
  • rice noodles
  • * My mix was carrots, cauliflower, green beans, leeks
  1. Place the onion, garlic, lemon grass powder and a little bit of water or oil in a blender. Blend into a smooth thick paste then set aside. Heat the oil once warm add the pork strips/cubes and saute until cooked all the way through. Drain off most of the liquid and fat. Add the chopped chile and saute for 2 minutes. Next turn the heat up to high and add the paste from the blender, cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, frozen vegetables, spices, fish and soy sauce, tamarind concentrate and stir until well combined. Pour the water or broth into the pan and stir until well combined. Turn the heat down to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Mash the boiled potato and add to the pan, stir to well combine. Simmer uncovered under low heat for another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. Either serve now or continue to simmer under low heat until ready to serve.
Serve over rice noodles and top with finely chopped green onion (you can substitute chicken for pork or veggies for a vegan option)


You will notice that very little chile was used, therefore qualifying this as mild curry. The taste is a mild, thick curry perfect for serving over rice noodles. Enjoy!

Burmese curry, pork, vegetables, Spicie Foodie

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  1. says

    Your curry looks fantastic! As a curry lover I’d love to try this. Would be my first Burmese curry :) As usual your photography blows me away.

  2. says

    Beautiful Curry….
    I really like how wonderfully you have clicked this.. Not easy to work with curry… Brilliant…
    B/W Happy 3rd Blog Anniversary… I hope I am not too late..
    Wishing you n your blog loads n loads of success…

  3. says

    Beautiful & vibrant colors – what’s not to love? I cook with turmeric all the time, but I don’t like curry. I need to investigate which spice in curry I don’t like because this looks delish!

    • says

      Thanks Laura! Sorry to hear you don’t like curry. I stopped buying pre-made curry spice packs because they don’t taste good. I think it’s because of the cheaper spices they use, like coriander seed-don’t like it too much.

  4. says

    My husband makes a curry every weekend. Last night we had Fijian Chicken Curry and it was good but a little odd. I have never knowingly tried a Burmese curry but I should give him this recipe to try. Great photos.

  5. says

    As much curry as I make… I have never tried my hand at Burmese curry. It sounds very interesting indeed. Thanks for introducing me to it… now I need to try to challenge my curry making skills. :) Have a wonderful weekend! ~ Ramona

  6. Eha says

    Somehow, about a decade ago, I saw and could not pass my first Burmese dishes! I looked left and right on the map: these were SO elegant and stylish and moreish! So, besides still trying to learn all about Ethiopian cuisine, the Burmese has become a delightful study regime ever since: and please believe me, their beef recipes with cinnamon sticks and cloves etc, are beyond compare! This one is absolutely lovely, but I do use my own lemon grass, make my own tamarind liquid and do use fresh vegetables! Sorry: this is so precious, I do want to begin from scratch :D ! And soy, not salt; the second time today I just have had to say that, I am truly not being ornery . . . . :) !

    • says

      Hi Eha,
      I think it’s great that you want to prepare everything from scratch. I normally do but when I have little time I take shortcuts where I can. Yes, soy sauce is better:) Thanks Eha!

  7. says

    There is a famous Burmese restaurant in SF and I totally forgot about it until you shared this recipe. Now I’m craving for their delicious food, but I feel like I can make this myself! It’s pretty straightforward and all I need is lemongrass powder (I might even have it at the back of cabinet…). Love that you used rice noodles instead of rice. I can eat noodles for dinner and leftover with rice next lunch. Drool… :D

    • says

      Oh how lucky to have a Burmese restaurant close by. Yes, Nami this is really simple to prepare. I loved switching the rice for noodles but it really is great with both. Thanks:)!

  8. says

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  9. says

    Curry without curry powder or paste…now that sounds like my ideal kind of cooking during busy times! I’ve honestly never tried making a Burmese dish so this is really quite intriguing for me and makes me want to research further on this cuisine. Your food styling, as usual is exemplary, no one can top it!

  10. says

    This looks really good, and even with a long list of ingredients it desn’t look like anything too complicated. Is the fish sauce necessary for the taste? I usually avoid it incase it has shellfish in it.

  11. says

    hmm i have never tasted burmese curry! the long list of spices looks intriguing though. i will definitely have to try it!

  12. says

    I love curry, made a red chicken curry last week using peppers from my garden, but it’s not something I normally make at home-will have to change that! Your recipe looks delicious and the noodles look perfectly prepared-nice change from the usual rice;-) Don’t have any lemon grass powder, will have to look for that;-)

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