Burmese food guide — Delicious, cheap and unique food in Myanmar
Burmese cuisine has been inspired by Chinese and Indian cuisine, yet its own unique flavor has been retained.
Shan, like the Kinh ethnic group in Vietnam, is Myanmar’s most populous ethnic group. They have a distinct and ancient culture and history, as well as a well-known food. Shan-style rice is a representation of Shan’s traditional cuisine that tourists should not miss when visiting Myanmar.
Shan-style rice is rice combined with various seasonings and eaten with spicy fried fish, roasted peanuts, and seasonal vegetables. Fish can sometimes be swapped with chicken or just garnished with garlic oil, cloves, and crispy pigskin. Typically, this meal is served with fried rice paper and a spicy sauce.
Salads, particularly tea leaf salad and green tomato salad, must be highlighted while discussing the wonderful, typical, and famous food that travelers must taste when visiting Myanmar.
Any tourist to Myanmar must have tea leaf salad at least once, which will startle them in an unexpected way when they encounter the meal for the first time. When most people think of salad, they see a food that combines a variety of fruits and vegetables and has a characteristic green hue. The tea leaf salad, on the other hand, has a distinct ochre hue.
The salad is created with fermented tea leaves that have a somewhat sour and bitter flavor, as well as chopped cabbage, cherry tomatoes, fried beans, and breaded roasted peanuts. When eating, a little garlic oil and chile should be added for a greater flavor. This famous Burmese food, however, is considered a stimulant that might produce sleepiness. As a result, travelers should limit their consumption of this meal.
Aside from that, whenever tourists have a chance to visitin Myanmar, another must try dish is green tomato salad – a popular snack of the area where Inle Lake is located.
Curry is the characteristic dish with the typical flavor and aroma of Burmese cuisine that can be found in any restaurant in Myanmar, from affordable to luxury. Tourists may pick from a variety of curries based on the major item used to make the curry, such as chicken, beef, pig, lamb, or seafood, among others. Curry is typically served with rice, broth, fresh vegetables, mixed-leaf salad, sautéed veggies, and herbs.
Tourists should try the curry cooked with onion and served with rice, tea leaf salad, and fried tofu. This dish is surely worth trying for its interesting taste.
Mohinga fish noodle
If tourists still hesitate, not knowing what to choose for breakfast in Myanmar; that it’s delicious, at the same time, give them a full stomach; then this traditional breakfast meal of Mohinga fish noddle is a perfect recommendation. Tourists can easily find this noodle dish themselves anywhere in any market, street food cart, or restaurant in Myanmar, regardless of day and night.
Noodles in general
If there is Pho in Vietnam, Udon noodle in Japan, Laska in Malaysia, Mee in Singapore, etc. then there is a lot of kinds of noodles in Myanmar to enjoy as well.
Shan tofu noodle is one of the traditional noodle dishes of Myanmar. Its attraction comes from its beautiful yellow color noodles, slices of tofu made from lentils and green beans, in the natural sweetness and richness of the broth.
Nan Gyi Thoke ‘dry’ noodle is fascinating thanks to its thick round rice noodle mixed with vegetables stock or curry, served with slices of hard-boiled egg, sliced fish, shredded chicken, and slightly cooked bean sprouts.
Certainly, tourists should also spend time experience the tofu noodle, the most original dish in Burmese cuisine. The way this noddle dish is cooked is totally different from its name. Tofu noodle is actually green bean congee served over rice noodles. When eating, they will be mixed together with chunks of spicy marinated chicken or pork, pickled vegetables, chilies, etc.
Snacks and Drinks
Yangon Market and Bagan Market are the address for tourists to enjoy Myanmar street food that they can find and enjoy any typical snack, and drink of the country.
Burmese people are into snacks made of rice flour or glutinous rice flour and deep-fried in oil. Therefore, all the typical and tasteful Burmese snacks are normally rather greasy and oily. However, tourists can fix the problem by having them with sweet and sour sauce and yellow lemon juice – a popular drink so that they can “consume” more food.
Other street foods that cannot be missed travelling to Myanmar can be listed such as ‘Tea Mix’ milk tea, green bean and red bean dumplings, spring rolls, donuts, fried bread, and a variety of fried food.