In downtown Yangon, the roads and streets are lined up with vendors who sell various street food in carts or stalls. Street food in Yangon is cheap, delicious and easily available. Among the popular street food in the city, here are 5 recommended street food to try on your visit!
The “Mohinga” is the most popular national dish. It is rice noodle with thick broth composed of fish, chickpea flour, eggs, banana stem, onions and lemongrass. It is usually eaten as breakfast but it can be eaten throughout the day. Street vendors sell Mohinga all over the city. It is tastier to eat Mohinga with fried crackers and some flavours such as chilli, pepper and soy sauce than the plain dish. Mohinga is the important part of daily Myanmar food.
2. Rakhine Mont Ti
The “Rakhine Mont Ti” is also referred as “Hot throat, Hot tongue.” As the name implies, it is served as a hot and spicy dish. This dish of rice noodle and thin fish soup with green chilli paste, pepper and parsley leaves comes from Rakhine State on the west coast of Myanmar. Although it is similar to Mohinga, both have their own peculiar taste. A good thing about this food is that it can be eaten not only as soup but also as salad.
3. Mont Lin Ma Yar
The “Mont Lin Ma Yar” is translated as “husband and wife snack.” It is made of two sides which are joined together into a mini-pancake with rice flour, quail eggs, and chickpeas, so that the snack seems like a couple. They are visually stunning and tasteful.
4. Laphet Thoke / Tea Leaf Salad
The “Laphet Thoke” is salad which contains pickled tea leaves, diced tomatoes, nuts, corns, deep fried anchovies and garlic which are mixed with oil, salt and a squeeze of lime. It is a refreshing afternoon snack which goes well together with tea.
5. Bayar Kyaw / Yellow Split Pea Fritter
The “Bayar Kyaw” is a delicious appetizer, especially when it is hot and eaten with sweet and sour sauce. The yellow split peas are soaked overnight and they are spiced with red chili, onion, turmeric and salt before deep frying with oil.
Written by Hnin Thida Nwe, ASEAN correspondent from Myanmar