Cheroot, Cheroot, yaddada daddada daddada daddada

The favorite smoke on the streets of Myanmar is what they call a cheroot. It’s a small handwrapped hybrid of a filter cigarette and a cigar, costs about ten cents at almost any food stall, and smokes in about 20 minutes.

Now, we have been known to try a cigar occasionally. And we found out about the local cheroots on our first day in Myanmar, at a street noodle stall in Yangon.  There one of the sous-chefs was smoking one, saw us eyeing itt and offered another to us. You should know how difficult, if not impossible it is to find a cigar in SE Asia. People just don’t smoke them in the other countries, so maybe you could find a ridiculously expensive one at a resort hotel or those stinky Dutch Masters cigarillos. Anyway, once we were offered a cheroot, it was hard to refuse. And it was pretty good, like a mild and pleasant Dominican one.

Many days later, we saw them being made, and I am pleased to report that the cheroot is not only much more complicated to make than a cigar, which is usually just a few tobacco leaves rolled up, but all the cheroot’s many components are fully organic. Here is the recipe:

  • Prepare chopped tobacco
  • Mix in a variety of natural flavorings if you prefer, usually anise or mint
  • Roll up 5 tobacco leaves on a stick
  • Fill the tobacco leaves with desired quantity of chopped tobacco
  • Brush prepared rice paste as glue on the leaves and roll around the chopped tobacco
  • Attach a filter made of corn husks spiced with tamarind and pineapple
  • Cut the filter to the right size
  • Attach a rice paper band
  • Light it up.

So, go organic; try a cheroot.

(We’ve slow internet access for now, so no pictures available, but CLICK HERE to view a slideshow of previous pictures from Myanmar at the end of the Myanmar itinerary page.)

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3 Responses to Cheroot, Cheroot, yaddada daddada daddada daddada

  1. Michael Cummings says:

    Just checked backed through all of your posts to get caught up. Must be divinely guided because the most recent post was on the cheroot and how it compares to a cigar. Will go out and have a nice cigar in your honor tonight.

  2. Tye Rogerson says:

    Hi Barry & Nancy, great to read through your Myanmar entries now that I’m here. Okay you convinced me, I’ll blow some smoke rings towards a pagoda.

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