The cuisine of Myanmar (formerly Burma) is as diverse as its people. Its close proximity to the coast, as well as to China, India, and Thailand, is evident in almost all of the nation’s regional dishes. Here are some can’t-miss Burmese dishes and activities for foodies in Yangon.
It might feel odd eating fish for breakfast, but mohinga—Myanmar’s unofficial national dish—is how locals start their day. This savory soup comes with a heaping serving of rice noodles topped with a hearty, herb-infused fish broth. Shan noodles, another popular breakfast dish, come in a simple broth with marinated chicken or pork and pickled vegetables.
For something fresh, try tea leaf salad, made with sour fermented tea leaves, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, onion, garlic oil, salt, lime, and roasted peanuts. Those looking for a snack between meals can satisfy their craving at one of Yangon’s many tea stalls, where sweet milk tea is served with sweet flatbread, fried pakora, or savory little rice-flour cakes known as mont lin ma yar. More substantial meal options include spicy Burmese curry, often made with seafood, pork, or mutton, or grilled skewers cooked to order right on the street.
- Start your day by having a traditional Yangon breakfast with a local guide, sampling items like mohinga and fried tea snacks.
- Discover the ethnic influences on Myanmar’s food during a walking tour of Chinatown, with dinner at a local barbecue stall.
- Tour Yangon’s bustling markets at night while enjoying bites from some of the city’s best street-food stalls and family-owned eateries.
- Try your hand at preparing traditional dishes from fresh, raw ingredients during a Burmese cooking class with an English-speaking chef at a local restaurant.