This almost-black liquid is a basic seasoning seen on many street-food vendors’ carts and it gives a slightly sweet and smoky aftertaste to many street dishes, especially those of Shan origin. Make sure you buy darker-colored palm sugar; the darker sugar has a smokier taste and less sweetness.

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Ingredients

  • Pour 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup chopped palm sugar
  • ¼ pound

Method

Pour 1 cup water into a small heavy saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Add ¾ cup chopped palm sugar (¼ pound or so) and stir with a wooden spoon to help it dissolve as the water heats. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes. Let cool, and store in a clean glass jar, well labeled, in a cupboard or pantry.

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