Shan have their own culture and unique in eating and have their specific cooking which is different from other regions in North of Thailand specially in eating rice. Shan will not consume sticky rice as same as other people in North region for their main eating but they will consume cooked rice instead from the past. The important main food of Shan is chili sauce such as Numprig Ong, Numprig Kua, Numprig Uub, Numprig Tuanao the main ingredients are composed of minced pork, onion, garlic, chili, salt, spring onion, coriander, dries ground fish. The famous Shan spicy foods are Gang Hung Lay, and other vegetables curry such as lettuce curry, ivy gourd curry, and various gourds curry, for salads there are bamboo shoot salad, star fruit salad, mango salad, other vegetables and animal’s skin salads.
Shan sweets are divided into general sweets and seasonal sweets, here will say about general sweets only such as Suaytamin which is made from steam sticky rice mixes with sugar till it feels sticky pour over with coconut milk and bake until it becomes overdone, A-la-wa, it is like Suaytamin but made from wheat flour and bake on top with coconut milk, too. Pengmong, it is made from fermented flour by stewing coconut milk with sugar then pour fermented flour to mix together with it then stir until it feels proper putting it on the tray and bake till it is cooked after that bake the top with coconut milk again. The other sweets such as khao tom mud, khao tom glawy, khao tom tua, khao tom kati, made by using leaves to wrap the sticky rice and put inside with banana, boiled bean, then steam them until they are cooked.
Tua nao cab (dried soya bean sheet):
Tua nao cab is the product from soya bean; Shan in Mae Hong Son bring it to be seasoning. Tua nao cab is the wisdom of ancient people who have simple way in eating but useful. The reasons that make the people in Mae Hong Son prefer cooking food with Tua nao cab since it can make good taste and good smell. Moreover, in Mae Hong Son province has a lot of areas in cultivating soya bean both in plain and mountain areas. Nowadays Tua nao cab becomes an important product of Mae Hong Son province and it is also important in Shan’s daily life because Shan prefer to use it to be the principal ingredient of almost every kind of food e.g. every vegetable curry except types of beef and fishes.