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By Naomi Duguid
Once the capital of a Shan princedom, Hsipaw is five hours northeast of Mandalay on the road to Lashio and the Yunnanese border. The town is small: after a few minutes’ walking, you can be out in the countryside, with the sounds of birds and the wind in the trees.
Just outside town one day I came upon a small family-run noodle stand and stopped for a bowl of khaut swe (pronounced “kao sway”), rice noodles topped with simmered meat and pea tendrils. It’s a first cousin of the