Three years ago, his five-star restaurant in Yangon’s Mayangone township was packed with diners every day, serving French cuisine to both expats and Myanmar locals. But after the double whammy of the Covid-19 pandemic and February 1 coup left his business bankrupt, chef Orng Joitamoi decided to shut up shop and become a street food vendor, selling congee and sausages. “I didn’t become a chef to cook at a fine-dining restaurant, I did because I love cooking. As long as I am cooking, I am a chef,…


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