Eat in Myanmareating in Myanmar
Rather than beginning with a shortlist of places, I thought it might be more useful to begin with a shortlist of places to look for in Myanmar, especially since many are hard to duplicate at home. Mohinga: a pasta gruel with a large stock of wels, this is the nation's main course and the most favourite breakfasts we have come across.
For Myanmar it is what it is for Vietnam, even if it is seldom seen outside the state. Shan noodles: There are many places that have English plates saying that they are serving shan pasta, which can be either moist or dried. The difference between them and other pasta is that they come from the Shan state, which is bordering China.
Pasta often carries five spices and is often served with fermentated green mustards. There is a saying in Myanmar that can be freely translated: if it is leaves, it is teas, if it is flesh, it is pigmeat, and if it is fruits, it is the mango. Myanmar tea: It is a mild coffee (a mixture of Chi and Hong Kong dairy tea) made from concentrated breastmilk to keep the land going.
During my trips to Myanmar I had lots of tasty home-made yoghurt and often stacked a dish of papayas and yoghurt for breast. Yoghurt can be one of the many ways India has contributed to Burma's diet. Whilst some of our eateries have this strange "continental cuisine" with Thai pasta and Roastbeef on the menus, others are quite good.
Several of the most interesting places in this town offer local dishes that are not usual outside Myanmar. The Min Lan Seafood Restuarant is called after the street (Min Lan) where the first place to eat is situated - but the local people call it "Rakhine Restaurant". "We just said to the taxi chauffeur Rakhine Restuarant and he knew we were going to Min Lan.
It is best known for shellfish and heat: While much of what you eat in Myanmar is not nearly as hot as in Thailand, this place is the only one. The Shan Yoe Yar is specialized in foods from the Shan state that go far beyond the Shan Noodle. Situated in a villa made of wood, which gives it an important atmosphere.
Consequently, the proprietors were quite reluctant when we asked how to prepare certain meals, but I went back to roasted Shan-toku alone. Myanmar is a good first stop for a crashworthy course in Myanmar cuisine. Today this restaurantgroup operates innumerable pubs with different name, but I like the old one with the outdoors.
The Pansuriya is another expatriate tip for lettuces and pasta - and probably also pasta salad. Although touristic, House of Memories has good lettuces and gives you an insight into Myanmar's turbulent past before the land was shut down by the army junt. Eating tends to be more mild than elsewhere, but this may be due to the fact that they do not use MSG.
My favourite part is her teacard, which is presented as an introduction to ordering Myanmaree. Sarky's, who had a few years ago a place to eat, now has offices in Bagan and on the Ngapali coast. Serving traditional westerner dishes (the right place if you crave pizzas or ice cream), but Sharky's also offers local produce.
To take Myanmar seasalt home as a gift, go to Pansodan St. Beyond Yangon: We thought our organizers wanted westernized foods, which was part of the game. However, on our next stop they were telling us about the MinGaLaBar Myanmar Restaurant, and we had one of the best luncheons on our wholejourney.
Here there are specialities from all over the countryside, many of which I have never seen anywhere else. BAGAN: As this is the most popular place for tourism in the county, the meals are more suitable for tourism (so there are many places for vegetarians). If you are looking for a home cooking professional (not a professional chef) to help you make your meals, the best way to eat here is to speak to your accommodation or guesthouse about looking for a home caterer.
It is usually eaten from lacquer and Myanmar beers. Be careful of the number of children trying to try to get things to you at the docks, although this is one of the few places in the land where we have come across offensive tourist selling strategies. It can be dangerous to eat Myanmar foods on the streets, and the risks are not always there.
That is especially true for places like Mount Popa: Even if it looks enticing, I wouldn't eat from someone who sells on one of the 777 stairs leading to this hilltempel. Aung San Markets offers souvenir-seeking aliens, but before the fair is over, ladies are trying to sell different types of South Asian candy.
The 19th road between Mahabandoola and Anawrahta is the most important overnight shopping area. For the best betting, the best is the dishes barbecued on spits - the most commonly used are seafood, meats and innards, and greengrocer. When we had dinner there one evening, we purchased a major from a sidewalk stand and the salesman sliced it open for us on the road and gave us tootpicks to eat it out of the bowl.
Some things about Myanmar make it less of a place to drink and more of a place to drink teas. It is a profoundly devout and traditional land, and therefore early to sleep. In fairness, it was the British who drank those drinks, not anyone else.
You will find Myanmar beers, a pale pint of Singha. You will also find astonishing non-alcoholic choices of juice, tapioka and tapioka hearts and everything Myanmar can do. Published in German and French, it provides information about Myanmar's art and cultural world. Her dining area is particularly useful.
I' ve also got a compilation of what I like to eat here in Myanmar.