Myanmar’s food and drinks are different and, generally, very delicious. Savoury dishes can tend to be slightly too oily or sweet for foreign tastes, but they smell and taste extremely good. Tea has an enormous place in the cultural heart of the country. It is used not only as a drink, but also as a food in Laphet Thoke (tea-leaf salad), a slightly bitter but truly delicious dish made using tea leaves, sesame seeds, fried peas, garlic, dried shrimp and peanuts. Tea shops are also popular and it is common practice to have a drink at one each day with friends and catch up. Betel nuts are the second staple of Myanmar food, and are consumed at a remarkable speed by Myanmar men.
Although there are many religions present in Myanmar, more than 80% of people identify as Buddhist. In Buddhism, there are five main precepts that should be practiced daily by believers: not to kill, steal, lie, drink alcohol, and commit adultery. The ultimate aim in life according to Buddhist belief is to escape the cycle of rebirth and reach Nirvana. Moreover, astrology, palmistry and clairvoyance still play a major part in the lives of Myanmar people.