Myanmar formerly known as Burma is new exotic tourism destination in southeast Asia. visitors are discovering a cuisine that’s been largely hidden from sight for the past 50 years.there’s much to discover. As in most of Southeast Asia, Myanmar restaurants and stalls tend to specialize in a single dish or culinary style. Here are the best foods you should try when your travel in Myanmar. For a comprehensive taste of the cuisine, Here are the best foods you should try when your travel in Myanmar.
1-Burmese Tea Leaf Salad
Tea Leaf Salad is one of the most favorite local food in Myanmar . Perhaps the most famed Burmese food is lephet — fermented tea leaves.
The tart leaves are eaten on their own, typically as dessert, but they’re also served in the form of lephet thoke, a salad of pickled tea leaves. To make the dish, the sour, slightly bitter leaves are mixed by hand with shredded cabbage, sliced tomatoes, crunchy deep-fried beans, nuts and peas, a splash of garlic oil and pungent slices of chili and garlic.
The dish is versatile. It can be a snack, an appetizer or, coupled with a plate of rice, a meal. It’s also considered a stimulant: the Burmese says that eating too much lephet thoke can prevent sleep.
2- Shan -Style Rice
Nga Htamin ( Fish rice salad ) is one of the popular food in Shan state , Myanmar . the food is made with cooked rice with turmeric and squashed into a disk with a topping of flakes of freshwater fish and garlic oil.
But it is a bit oily and savory ,when served with sides of leek roots, cloves of raw garlic and deep-fried pork rinds . Nowaday Nga Htamin becomes a snack that runs the gamut from pungent to spicy in hilly region of Shan State Myanmar .
3- Burmese Curry
A visit to a traditional Burmese restaurant in Myanmar is more than just a meal, it’s a culinary experience.
Burmese curry is typically meaty . Without a doubt ,traditional curry in Myanmar is oily curry based around chicken , fish and pork .
We, Burmese people enjoy the cooked rice with curry ,, a tart salad, a small dish of fried vegetables, a small bowl of soup and a large tray of fresh and par-boiled vegetables and herbs to be eaten with various dips.
In addition to that there is one more important side dish on the dining table of Burmese people . That is Ngapi Ye “ Fishy sauce ” which is made with pounded green chillies , garlic and dry shrimp .
4-Myanmar Sweet Snacks
Myanmar Sweet Snack is known as “ Moak” that is more than snack . But we usually enjoy Burmese snacks with local tea in the morning and afternoon .
Unlike sweets in Southeast Asia , Burmese Moaks are traditionally made with sugar , grated coconut milk , rice flour and sticky rice .
5- Nangyi Toke
We, Burmese People never tired of eating noodle based salads . One of the popular noodle salad in Myanmar is Nangyi Toke .
Nangyi Toke is made with round rice noodles with chicken , thin slices of fish cake , parboiled bean sprouts and slices of hard boiled egg.
The ingredients are seasoned with a mixture of roasted chickpea flour and turmeric and chili oil, tossed by hand and served with sides of pickled greens and a bowl of broth.
Mohinga is a rice noodle and fish soup from Myanmar and is an essential part of Burmese cuisine. It is considered by many to be the national dish of Myanmar. It is readily available in most parts of the country.
7- Shan Noodle
Shan noodles are now a favorite in Myanmar , although it is more common in the Mandalay region as well as the Shan state . Actually Shan noodles is mainly originated from Shan state sharing border with Thailand and China .
Shan noodles are an easy-to-make with cooked chicken or pork in tomatoes. Traditionally shan noodles are also typically served with pickled mustard greens (monnyinjin), and sometimes with fried chickpea tofu .