A Taste of Burmese Food

A few of my favorite and must eat Burmese food that I’d recommend every one to try when they visit Myanmar! There are 11 interesting dishes featured in this blog.
Photos taken by yours truly.

Lah Pat Htote from Shwe Si Daw Myanmar Buffet 


  • The first one is called Lah Pat Thote, traditional Burmese pickled tea leave salad that is served with different kinds of nuts, dried shrimp, with optional sliced tomato, garlic and maybe even a sprinkle of sesame seeds.  This goes well with a cup of hot tea!


Lah Pat Tah Min from Vestige 


  • This is called Lah Pat Tah Min, or pickled tea leave rice which is basically a mixture of white rice with Lah Pat Thote. This is such a delish meal especially when you love Lah Pat Thote.


Rakhine Tah Min Thote from Min Lan


  • Rakhine Tah Min Thote, which is rice salad from Rakhine State. This is one of my favorite because it is mixed with Nga Pi which is spicy fish paste, along with some dried shrimp, peanuts, some veggies and a fried egg on top.


Shan Kout Swel A Yay From Kaymarat


  • Shan Kout Swel, or Shan noodles comes from Shan State, and it is made with rice noodles. with tomato paste for soup base, but you can also have the option to have it without the soup. You can either have it with pork or chicken, along with some mashed peanuts, spring onions or some chili powder which optional. Personally, my favorite is one shown in the picture, which is soup based Shan Kout Swel and it is served with a side of pickled veggies.


Hin Tote From Kaymarat


  • This gelatin looking thing is called Hin Tote and it is also from Shan State. Made with rice, tofu (?), mixed with some veggies and a sprinkle of dried garlic and coriander (The waiter did not know what was in it, either do I).


Myanmar Tah Min Hin From Shwe Si Daw Myanmar Buffet 


  • Excuse my finger on the bottom left of the photo, but admire all the Burmese curry that is served on the table. I cannot name all of them, but to name a few, there is pork with bamboo shoot, Balachaung, some fresh veggies in the middle to dip with Nga Pi Yay, the spicy fish paste, lamb intestine, bean sprouts, and more!


Homemade Mohingar


  • This noodle soup, Mohingar is made from fish broth, and it is one of the well-known/famous dishes in Myanmar. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but it is mainly breakfast food for a lot of people. It is made from rice noodles, and fish broth, some onions, garlic, egg and banana tree stem. You can sprinkle some coriander, fried chickpeas, and even some chili powder with a twist of lime to make it spicy and sour! This is one of the first dishes to try when you are in Myanmar.


Kyay Oo From YKKO


  • This Chinese inspired noodle soup is called Kyay Oo. and it is served with pork broth, a lot of pork along with some pork intestine, quail egg, some veggies, rice noodle and an optional of egg, tofu, and or pork brain. It is a both a blessing and a curse to have this restaurant right below my apartment.


Wat Thar Dote Htoe from Ma Ei 


  •  It is also both a blessing and a curse to have this shop 5 minutes away from my apartment. This yummy street food is called Wat Thar Dote Htoe, or pork sticks. You can ask for almost any part of the pork and dip it in the pork based broth in the middle, and dip another in the red sauce for some spicy flavor. This may sound weird to some but hands down, one of the best tasting part of the pork is its tongue! And yes, that is a pig’s nose in the picture and no, I don’t know how that taste like.


Mote Lat Saung from Min Lan 


  • One of my favorite desserts is Mote Lat Saung. This is perfect after having a spicy hot meal because it is sweet from jaggery, and a sprinkle of coconut! Usually served cold.


Homemade spicy sour mango (Tha Yet Thee) 


  • Mango doesn’t always have to be sweet and orange. In Myanmar, we take a fresh slightly unripe Tha Yet Thee, or mango (still edible), and season it with some chili powder, maybe even some fish sauce (totally optional) and you get this sour, spicy, savory sliced mango! It is so delish.



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