Wandering around the downtown Yangon, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the delicious dishes of Myanmar food such as tea, flatbread, Samoa salad, yogurt…
Myanmar cuisine had some influence by neighboring countries such as India, Thailand or China. But the cuisine of Myanmar still has its own characteristics.
Myanmar Food often tastes sour, and often come with many side dishes, such as curry meat server come with herbs, sauces, along with many other spices.
Tea and flatbread
Tea is usually sold on the sidewalks around low tables in Yangon, morning and afternoon is the best time to enjoy this tea. Similar to “bottle” in India, Myanmar milk black tea, mixed with sweetened condensed milk, served with Indian flat bread sprinkled with sugar, or can be used to replace fried bread or flatbread.
Samosa salad or also called “Thoke” is the main dish in the culinary culture of Myanmar. Almost everything is diced and mixed up to create “thoke”. Taste and ingredients of Samosa salad is different each sellers, however, is still basically chopped Samosa (fried bread triangles in people with potatoes, turmeric, beans), chickpeas, cabbage, shallots and tomatoes. Add a few leaves of fresh mint or coriander, and a few drops of lemon juice to make the taste better.
Some sellers also add whole grain bread or sliced bitter water lentils. Samosa salad was sold mostly in the streets in Yangon, so guests can easily enjoy this dish anywhere.
The Shan’s Dishes
Shan is an ethnic group living in northeastern Myanmar, and It is very favorite food throughout Myanmar. Character of Shan cuisine is the yellow lentil flour, is considered the basic components that become unique dishes than other foods in Myanmar.
Shan food stalls stand out with large blocks Shan tofu (made from yellow lentils or chickpeas, not from fermented soybeans as usual), and the pile of yellow wheat. You can eat tofu Shan by 3 different ways: eating hot soup, eaten cold with salad, hard tofu, cabbage, chili, crushed peanuts and coriander fried or served with sauce.
Dish with chopsticks
On the street corner of Mahabandoola and Latha in Chinatown is the focus of the booths selling Chinese food. The Chinese accounted for 3% of Myanmar’s population and often living by trade.
This place is famous for hot pot dishes cooked in a clay pot, of soft dumplings, pork dumplings in good taste broth here guests need to use chopsticks to eat (most of the dishes Myanmar’s usually hand, spoon or fork to eat). The booths are usually open from 16h00, while tables and chairs will be fully presented to the street.
Drinks & Beverages
A cup of yogurt will help cool the body very well in the midday heat. Here, usually homemade yogurt and put in the aluminum bowl. You can enjoy yogurt with sugar and ice, or add fruit such as strawberries or butter on. In addition, sugarcane juice is refreshing drink which is very popular in Myanmar.
Grills & Barbecues
Located on between Mahabandoola and Anawrata Roads in Yangon is a lively collection of grilled restaurants. Once you have chosen your restaurant (all are similar), take a basket and start picking foods, potato, zucchini, to octopus, chicken heart…
Assigned to the chef, they will do the cooking and brought back to serve you. Some of the food was spicy available, but there are some spice to your table for self serving. Seller will charge by counting the number of remaining skewers on your plate.