Used to be the capital of Myanmar, Yangon is a bustling city with a lot of delicious street foods and drinks that definitely make “your mouth water”.
Crossing the streets of Yangon, you will easily realize that street vendor is an indispensable part of this city. From Chinese-style garlic sauce to Thai-style herb salad, the street vendors will bring you a lot of surprises. If you want to discover Yangon’s cuisine, you must try these dishes below.
Mohinga, which can be considered as the most popular dish in Myanmar, attracts tourists by spicy fish soup seasoned turmeric, lemongrass and peppercorn. It is served with rice vermicelli and fried fish. Burmese people usually eat Mohinga for breakfast, adding a little cilantro, chili power and prawn crackers if you like.
Mont Lin Ma Yar
Meaning “husband and wife snacks”, these small Mont Lin Ma Yar cakes will help you to have a light meal when you are hungry. The cake is made from frying rice flour batter with spring onion and pae-byout (peas). Quail egg is an optional ingredient. Two halves are fried separately before combined together, sprinkled with sesame seed powder and served.
Mont lin ma yar vendors are found all over the downtown area, but a particularly picturesque cart can be found on Anwaratha between 29th and 30th. Here the fried bites are extra crisp, and the quail eggs are cooked perfectly, not dry and oily like at other vendors.
Skewers of meat
The 19th street located between Anawrahta and Maha Bandoola road in Yangon is a heaven of meat on skewers. Skewers of meat are cooked from many ingredients such as meat, fish, vegetables,… You will have chance to taste a lot of kinds of delicious skewers like needle mushrooms with broccoli, okra, and marinated with sweet and sour sauce.
Tea and fried foods
Teahouses are the place to people gather, talk to each other and share interesting stories. Tea in yangon is quite sweet because it is added more condensed milk and sugar. If you do not want to drink too-sweet tea, you can try a cup of strong black tea which can help you fight off sleepiness. Visiting tea shops in Yangon, you not only can enjoy delicious tea but also taste some crispy cakes served with tea.
The central part of Myanmar is the Shan state, meaning that every noodle is, by its nature, a Shan noodle. Every bowl is a little different, but you can count on these simple noodles to be savory, a little spicy and completely delicious. The dish is made of rice noodles, a little spicy chicken, peanuts, some greens, and, occasionally, a hot broth.
Another favorite dish of Myanmar’s people is Salad Samosa. Samosa refers to Indian-style crispy cakes but in Burma, it is mixed with chick peas, fried onions, cabbage and potatoes to make a difference flavor.
Dosas is an Idian dish, made with a batter of fermented ground lentils and rice. You can easily find Dosas at many street corners in Yangon. A thin layer of batter is spread quickly inside a concave metal pot over hot coals, and the back of a ladle is used in a circular motion to ensure the dosa is evenly cooked. The vendor then adds chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, less than a dollar, and you can walk away with a crispy snack any time of day.
Located between India and China, Myanmar cuisine is influenced by cuisine of these nations and Roti is a typical example. Roti is kind of bread of Indian made from butter, sugar, milk, eggs and flour.
Mont Lone Yay Paw
It is a popular traditional dessert in Yangon and usually eaten on Thingyan (Myanmar water festival). This cake has the shape similar to Tangyuan cake in China or Mochi in Japan. Mont lone Yay Paw is made from glutinous rice flour, filling with jaggery, scraped coconut and wrapped by banana leaves.
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