MiMi Aye

MiMi Aye

Burmese Food & Beyond

Photo copyright Paul Winch-Furness

Photo copyright Paul Winch-Furness


MiMi Aye is a Burmese food writer better known as meemalee, the founder of supper club and online community Burmese Food and Beyond, and the author of MANDALAY: Recipes and Tales from a Burmese Kitchen (Bloomsbury Absolute) and NOODLE! (Absolute Press).

Although born at the English seaside, MiMi has spent her whole life soaking up Burmese food, language and culture through countless trips to see family and friends in Burma.

Having read Law at Cambridge, MiMi qualified as a solicitor before going into legal and tax publishing. MiMi has appeared on Woman’s Hour and the Food Programme (both BBC R4) and her recipes have appeared in numerous publications including The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard, Woman & Home and Red magazines. She lives in Kent with her husband and two children.


Knowing next to nothing about Burmese food, [Mandalay] is a glorious revelation. Autobiography, history and recipes all rolled into one magnificent whole.
A brilliant, beguiling book.

/  Tom Parker Bowles  /


MANDALAY: Recipes and Tales From a Burmese Kitchen

A glorious collection of 80 irresistible dishes seamlessly interwoven with family stories and insights into Burmese culture.

The food of Burma is little known in the UK but author MiMi Aye sets out to change that within the pages of this exciting new book, revealing the influences, ingredients and special techniques that make Burmese food a delicious triumph of balance in both flavour and texture.

British-born to Burmese parents, in Mandalay MiMi writes about Burma’s culture and history, while sharing family stories and tales from her own travels that take the reader on a culinary journey and provide a fascinating context that brings the recipes to life.

Beginning with a look at the ingredients that makes Burmese food unique – as well as suitable alternatives – MiMi goes on to discuss special techniques, the equipment used and the influence of Burma’s neighbours Thailand, India and China on its cuisine, before delving into chapters such as fritters, rice and noodles, salads, meat, fish and sweet snacks.

Also featuring a menu planner themed by occasion (such as party or casual) and diet (taking in both vegetarian and vegan), within these pages readers will discover a selection of wonderful recipes that will allow them to create a mouth-watering taste of Burma in their own kitchens.


Recipes from a noodle wizard ...
What MiMi Aye doesn't know about noodles isn't worth knowing.

/  The Daily Telegraph  /


NOODLE! 100 Great Recipes

100 delicious noodle recipes make up this latest title in a series of essential books dedicated to simple, everyday eating.

Popular food blogger and veteran noodle eater MiMi Aye celebrates the addictive power of the noodle in this wonderful collection of 100 authentic recipes from around the world. From udon to soba and from reshteh to rice vermicelli, the widely travelled world of the noodle is celebrated in delicious stir-fries, soups, sauces, salads and snacks. Full of intoxicating and bewitching flavours, Noodle! is both an essential recipe collection and a fascinating culinary masterclass.

 is the fifth book in a series that began with the bestselling Mince! (World Gourmand Award for 'Best UK Single Subject Cookbook') and continued with the brilliant titles Stew!, Soup! and Pie!.