Cuisine in Myanmar
Burmese cuisine is mainly hot and spiced with onions, ginger, garlic and chillies and it is influenced heavily by its neighboring countries China, India and Thailand. Stir fries in Chinese style, samosas, biryani and flatbread in Indian style, and fried insects – a Thai legacy, all jostle for space in the long list of Burmese delicacies!
Dishes in Myanmar are typically prepared in a fish or meat broth. Rice is a staple, and forms about 75% of the diet but noodles are also popular. A typical meal involves an assortment of various dishes – boiled rice, a fish dish, curried poultry or meat, a soup, vegetables and fritters or cracker. In the lower parts of Burma, pickled fish in sauce is very popular.
The best and most famous local market in Myanmar is Bogyoke Aung San Market in Yangon, which is mainly famous for its imported textiles, handicrafts and household appliances. For those who wish to visit a traditional and typical food market, Yangon’s Thiri Mingalar Market is a great place, which is famous for both seawater and freshwater fish.
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Cuisine in Myanmar – What to eat
The culinary specialities of Myanmar include:
- La-phet: fermented pickled tea leaves (Myanmar is perhaps the only country in the world where tea is not just drunk but also eaten!)
- Mohinga: rice noodles served with fish soup, Myanmar’s national dish
- Gyin thoke: ginger salad with fried beans and sesame
- Nan bya: Buttered Burmese-style naan served with mutton soup
- Faluda: rose water mixed with coconut, jello, milk and served with ice cream or custard
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