While in Phra Khanong market, the only Burmese market I know of in Bangkok, I bought the following seemingly-to-me similar products: brown to black dried tea leaves (pictured below).

I drank a small glass of hot tea made from these leaves, and it had a very mild and comforting taste.

What is this Burmese/Myanmmarese brown-to-black dried tea leaf? br/> What is the English name, please?

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  • Well, I think it's black tea leafs, dried; after drinking 3 cups I feel very "excited" from nothing; like other caffeine boosts I had in the past.
    – user79730
    Feb 5, 2020 at 12:02
  • Definitely - I stayed awake about 48 hours. That was terrible !
    – user79730
    Feb 7, 2020 at 7:03

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These could be leaves to make "Lahpet" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahpet), so perhaps you can drink them too?


Google Lens can't parse the first "bell" bag, but for the second, here's what it thinks:

နတ်ဩတ (naat aut), "Miracle"

၍ ရှေးရက်သစ်ရွက်နု (shayy raat saitrwatnu), "Ancient fresh leaves"

အကောင်းဆုံးလက်ဖက် (aakaunggsonelaathpaat), "The best tea"

So it looks like you've got some "Miracle" brand tea there, which if the marketing is to be believed is ancient, fresh and the best. Clearly you made a good choice!

Slightly more seriously, the last word there, လက်ဖက်, is usually rendered lahpet in English and refers to the fermented tea leaves used to make Burma's national dish lahpet thoke, tea leaf salad. So if you pick up lahpet from any Burmese grocery, it will taste quite similar -- although it may sadly not be the best.

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