When talking about popular street foods in Yangon, people often refer it to a culinary heavily influenced by Thai, Chinese and Indian cuisine. However, in the end of the day, all of these influences can never swipe out the unique of Burmese cuisine but they only make it diverse in a special way. You will never know what Burmese food is like if you don’t give it a try. Let’s go down the street with me and see what we can find to fill your starving for food.
E Kya Kway
E Kya Kway is a popular Burmese food for breakfast. This is the similar to youtiao in China or fried rice-flour breadstick in Vietnam. E Kya Kway is often served with coffee and tea. Besides, E kya kway is also used as an ingredient to add more flavor to rice vermicelli soup.
In the world of various street foods in Yangon, Dosa is often known as “gangster sandwich”. This pancake is made of lentils and chickpeas with savory sauces. Sometimes, dosa sandwich is chopped into small bites.
Mont Lin Ma Yar — Quail Egg Snack
Burmese Mont Lin Ma Yar is a simple snack but a real treat when strolling around streets of Yangon. This snack also has another nickname as couple’s snack because it is made from 2 halves grilled separately but then combined into once round piece. Only K300 for a pack of 10 pieces, you can satisfy your afternoon starvation.
Mohinga – The most well-known Burmese food for breakfast
I don’t know if it’s any exaggerate when I call mohinga as the staple food of Myanmar. But I have to say that it’s the most popular choice for breakfast in this country and almost all visitors fall in love with this tasty noodles soup right at the first time they try it. Mohinga is commonly sold in Yangon and Myaung Maw Daw Cho (at 118A Yay Tar Shay, Bahan) offers the tastiest broth out of all. Don’t miss out on this dish because it maybe the best Burmese food in Yangon that you have tried.
Shan Noodles is local to the Shan state, western Myanmar. If you love noodles but not fond of the strong fish broth of Mohinga then this is a good choice for you. The fact that Shan state share its borders with Thai and China has a significant impact on this dish. Its sauce is similar to the chili sweet sauce of Thai, but more fragrant like a mix of 5 spice powder of Chinese.
Tea Leaf Salad
Salad made of tea leaves??? – Yes, that’s right, I’m not kidding you. Lephet Thote or salad made of tea leaves is also a famous dish of Burmese and it is among the strange street foods in Yangon. Apart from the tea leaves which are Pennywort leaves, other ingredients include cabbage, nuts and diced tomatoes, all are tossed in a slightly sweet sauce and topped with some lime.
Burmese wrapped bananas is made from bananas, coconut milk, sugar and sticky rice. All of these ingredients will be wrapped in a banana leaves and then steamed for a while. Any foodie with a sweet tooth must be mouthwatering in front of it.
Yangon is reputed to be tome to the best Bein Mont found in Myanmar. This lovely rice pancakes can be described as fluffy and chewy. Also, it is topped with some seeds and nuts, all of which makes a perfect choice for a breakfast on the go.
Known as “thoke”, this salad is on the list of favorite street foods in Yangon. The flavor of it can vary to each cook but one dish of samosa salad always include green beans, chopped samosa, shallot, cabbage and tomatoes. If you don’t know, samosa is a fried bread of triangle shape with bean, turmeric and potato.
This is one of the must-try snack of every street food tours in Yangon. Koh Pu is a rice snack baked on charcoal. The sweet taste is from palm sugar, which is boiled until turning into the color of caramel to make it taste stronger.
These are some suggestions of Burmese food from GoAsiaDayTrip that help you understand and find the best things for your own trip. Hope that you will have the memorable trip in Myanmar.