10 Best Food in Myanmar

Myanmar, which is deeply influenced by Indian culture, is bordered by India in the northwest, China in the northeast, and Thailand and Laos in the southeast and a country located in Southeast Asia. It has become a hot tourist country in recent years. Travel to Myanmar, in addition to visiting famous tourist attractions in Myanmar, food is also an indispensable part of the trip. What are the famous food or traditional food or in Myanmar? What are street food in Myanmar that you can’t miss? There are 10 best dishes for your reference when eating in Myanmar.


No.1 Popular food in Myanmar - Tea leaf salad

Tea leaf salad

This food is more accurately said to be fermented tea leaves. It is maybe the most famous food in Myanmar. Burmese people often use tea as a dessert, but sometimes tea also appears as a raw material for tea leaf salad. Tea leaf salad can be a snack, a plate of appetizers, or a dish of rice to make a meal. How to make this dish? To make this dish, you need to mix the sour and slightly bitter tea leaves with the torn cabbage, sliced tomatoes, crispy beans, nuts and peas, then add garlic oil and chopped peppers.


No.2 Popular food in Myanmar - Fish soup rice noodle

Fish soup rice noodle

This is a rice noodle with fish soup. This dish is usually with crispy banana slices. Rice noodles are usually decorated with marinated eggs, fried vegetables or a dish of lentils. It is not only a popular but also a traditional food in Myanmar that you must try.


No.3 Popular food in Myanmar – Rice with coconut milk

Rice with coconut milk

In addition to Tea leaf salad and Fish soup rice noodle in Myanmar, what other famous foods are there in Myanmar? Rice with coconut milk is a very common dish in Myanmar. The production of rice with coconut milk is very special. Under the premise of rice as a staple food, it is served with eggs, cucumber, side dishes, hot sauce, lemon and so on.


No.4 Popular food in Myanmar - Burmese curry

Burmese curry

Curry is the main element of this dish. It is usually a plate of juicy and curry rice with pork, fish, shrimp, beef or lamb. In the restaurant, if you order a curry meal, there will be a series of seemingly endless side dishes that will come to the table, such as rice, pie salad, a small dish of fried vegetables, a small bowl of soup, and a large plate of freshly cooked vegetables and herbs. When eating, it is served with dipping sauce. The dipping sauce are usually ngapi ye(a local Burmese dipping sauce) and balachaung(a mixture of pepper, garlic and fried shrimp).


No.5 Famous food in Myanmar – “Dry” noodles

“Dry” noodles

“Dry” noodles are made with chicken, sliced fish cakes, bean sprouts and marinated eggs with rice noodles, then baked garbanzo flour, turmeric powder and chili oil, together with pickles. Burmese people like this food  - “Dry” noodles. This dish is essentially a salad made with noodles, served with broth. One of the most delicious and popular dry noodles is called nangyi thoke.


No.6 Famous food in Myanmar - Shan-style 'tofu' noodles

Shan-style 'tofu' noodles

This dish is not really made with tofu, but a thick porridge made with soy flour. This sticky yellow porridge is usually accompanied by rice noodles and marinated chicken or pork. There will be a little chili oil on the porridge, accompanied by pickles and broth. Then, there is the famous Shan-style 'tofu' noodles.


No.7 Famous food in Myanmar - Shan-style noodles

Shan-style noodles

Burmese noodles are famous, in addition to “Dry” noodles and Shan-style 'tofu' noodles, Shan-style noodles is a famous noodles in Myanmar. It is a popular food that you must try in Myanmar. It is a typical authentic dish in Myanmar. It is a combination of pepper-flavored glutinous rice flour, marinated chicken and pork. Usually, people add a little roasted sesame and a little garlic oil to the noodles. Its side dishes are pickles. Compared with most of the pasta snacks in Myanmar, the Shan-style noodles is much simpler and has a lighter taste.


No.8 Traditional food in Myanmar – Dessert and snack

Dessert and snack

Unlike Western desserts, Burmese desserts (collectively called moun) are not eaten as sweets alone, but as snacks, especially in the morning and afternoon with tea. Sweets in other countries of Southeast Asia are inseparable from sugar. The sweets in Myanmar are different from these places. Burmese sweets are usually sweetened from ground coconut, yoghurt, rice flour, tapioca and fruit. The delicious Burmese sweets are hsa nwin ma kin(a crispy cake made of wheat flour mixed with coconut juice, oil and raisins.), bein moun and moun pyit thalet(Burmese fried pancakes).


No.9 Traditional food in Myanmar – Shan-style rice

Shan-style rice

In the Burmese language called nga htamin (fish rice), this kind of Shan-style rice (Shan is one of the main ethnic groups in Myanmar) is a combination of rice and a piece of freshwater fish cooked with turmeric root, garlic and oil, then squeezed on a plate. Shan-style rice is usually paired with amaranth roots, raw garlic cloves, and fried pork skin to create a spicy and fragrant food.


No.10 Street food in Myanmar - Fried food

Fried food

What’s the street food in Myanmar? Fried food is a famous food in Myanmar. Burmese people have a special liking for fried food. In fact, fried food can be seen anywhere in Myanmar. Most of the snacks that can be found on the street or in the teahouse in Myanmar—dumplings, spring rolls, fritters, desserts, breads, etc., are fried. One type of fried snack that must be eaten in Myanmar is called buthi kyaw. It is a snack that smashes the gourd.

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