YANGON’S STREET FOOD

YANGON’S STREET FOOD

BEST PLACES TO EAT IN YANGON | MYANMAR

TEA HOUSES

From the busy streets of Yangon to the small villages in the mountains, tea shops are a long-standing tradition in Myanmar. They represent a social meeting place for serious conversations and casual gossiping.

Burmese tea looks really simple but there are many variations. Tea houses can be owned by Muslim, Burmese or Chinese man and woman, they all have slightly different recipes and cooking techniques.

My day started in a busy tea house (without a name) at the corner between Bo Aung Kyaw Street and Merchant Road.
Behind the kitchen counter a boy was juggling several buckets of condensed milk and hot water. Mixing, moving, throwing and catching the tea from one pot to the other. 

Tea houses are a good way to dig in and explore the Burmese cuisine. Most of them serve traditional breakfast meals and fried savoury snacks.

The most famous (and slightly posh) tea house in Yangon is:

If you are looking for something more traditional here is a list of places in Yangon (unfortunately they don’t all have a website or social media page):

STREET FOOD

One of the best way to get a taste of the city is through the food sold on its colourful narrow streets.

Yangon’s street vendors are self taught business men and women. They’ve got all the essentials to build a pop-up in minutes serving incredible dishes not easy to forget.

On the way to Bogyoke market the streets were bustling with food stands, vibrant colours and intriguing smells.

I picked up some purple sweet potatoes, tried peanut pancakes and a freshly squeeze sugar cane juice. Everything came in tiny little plastic bags, the Myanmar idea of take away.

Burmese cuisine is the perfect mix between Thai and Indian food.

Most of the street food is very simple, barbecued or fried, often with nuts or chilli. It’s also really convenient and extremely cheap.

The amount of street food available can be overwhelming!

  • Street Pancakes: freshly cooked and slightly crispy, you can have them with savoury vegetables and beans or sweet peanuts.
  • Dosa wrap/sandwich: A thin crispy pancake with chickpeas and vegetable.
  • Mohinga: The Burmese breakfast dish! Rice-noodle served in a fish broth with local spices, chilli and lime.
  • Tea leaf salad: The slightly bitter tea leafs are mixed with tomatoes, cabbage, nuts, a sweet sauce and lime.
  • Shaun Noodle salad: A cold rice noodle salad mixed with vegetables, crushed nuts and chilli.
  • Rice and curry: typically chicken or pork, sometimes eggplant. Each served in small side dishes with a plate of rice.
  • Pork on stick: One of Yangon’s most popular dishes! Many different pieces of edible pig internal parts served on a stick with a side of soup. This is for the bravest only.

EVENING MARKETS

19th street in Chinatown (or beer street) is famous for its many barbecue stalls. This is one of the few places that sells food until 11/12 pm, especially BBQ fish and meat.

Many places don’t have a menu, you can pick your pork, chicken, meatballs, tofu, ribs, squid or prawns sticks and they will cook it in front of you.

19th street is a famous international destination where you can meet a lot of backpackers as well as locals.

In the evening the harbour (Botahtaung) offers a very good food market where you can buy delicious barbecued fish and enjoy a cheap meal sitting on toy/kids chairs.

YANGON'S STREET FOOD | Best places to eat in Yangon | Myanmar

USEFUL INFORMATION:

From/To Yangon:

Travelling by bus in Myanmar can be extremely comfortable (VIP busses) and cheap. Yangon has many different bus stations, Aung Mingalar Highway is the main one. Allow yourself plenty of time as the station is very chaotic and big.


Around Yangon: 

Your hotel will provide you with a map. It’s very easy to find your way around downtown. You don’t always need a taxi, even though they are very cheap.


Money: 

All currency exchange (called Money Changer) and most banks only accepts new crispy dollars. A good area to change money is Bogyoke market. 

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