Enjoy the exotic cuisine of Myanmar
Myanmar’s food has a special identity. Although its neighbouring countries influence the cuisine, the food has its distinct identity. A typical Myanmar meal is arranged around rice with accompanying dishes of fish or meat cooked in onion and garlic-based gravy. Soup can be clear, creamy or tart and is sipped during the meal to cleanse the palate. Salads are a popular side dish and some, such as the pickled tea leaf salad called lahpet, are eaten as snacks. Mohinga, a thick fish broth with thin rice noodles, is arguably Myanmar’s most famous national dish and is typically eaten for breakfast. Another delicious choice is the popular ohno kaukswe, a coconut-based chicken soup with noodles.
Tea is a staple drink in Myanmar, and tea shops are great for not only starting your day with a strong drink, but for people-watching as well. Tea is typically served hot with sweet, condensed milk added to cut its strong natural earthiness. Standout Myanmar sweets are quite simple and consist of coconut, tapioca, rice flour, and fruits. Favourites include iced coconut milk with tapioca, and Mont Lone Ye Baw, which are rice dumplings stuffed with sugar and topped with shredded coconut.
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RAKHINE MONT TE
This dish is a specialty of Rakhine State. It is made with fresh thin rice noodles and is a semi-staple dish of the people of Rakhine State. It can be had as a salad or a soup. The common version is the coup where rice vermicelli is mixed with thin soup made of daggertooth pike conger called thinbaw htoe, lemongrass and Rakhine ngapi. The dry salad form contains the same ingredients but in a colourful combination. The green chilli paste gives the white rice noodles a slightly greenish colour.
BEIN MONT (BURMESE PAN CAKE)Gorge on scrumptious Myanmar style pancake made with rice flour, palm sugar, coconut chips and peanuts, garnished with poppy seeds. It is fluffy in the middle and slightly crispy on the sides. People love to have it with an extra egg atop or sprinkled with nuts, or both.
COUPLE SNACKEnjoy this snack with a curious name made with a rice flour batter fried in the hemispherical shape dimpled pan and then joining two pieces together. The snack looks like a figure of a husband and wife together, due to joining the two pieces.
MONT PYAR THALATPyar Thalat means the honeycomb. The snack is baked with a rice flour batter in the shape of a honeycomb. It is made in two varieties – with and without palm sugar syrup. Palm sugar syrup is added for a sweet taste.
Food is culture and we need to listen to it
Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.
MONT LONE YAY PAW
Enjoy these traditional sweet rice balls when you visit Myanmar. The name denoted floating on water in Myanmarese. These are rice balls stuffed with palm sugar and grated coconut. Mote Lone Yay Paw is usually served during festivals but is nevertheless a favourite after-meal delicacy.