If someone asks you what your favorite Burmese dish is, you may have to think a little hard. If you compare Burmese foods with other Southeast Asian cuisines, you’ll notice that they’ve been out of the spotlight for too long – which is perplexing because they’re delicious. The fact that Myanmar (formerly Burma) has only been opening up their country for tourism since 2011 may contribute to this factor.
That’s why now is the time to give it the attention it deserves!
Just like its culture, the traditional food in Myanmar is diverse, fresh and unique – because it has many influences from surrounding regions, such as Chinese, Shan, Mon, Rakhine and especially Chennai in the southeastern coast of India. Burmese cuisine even has their version of Atho – a noodle salad dish commonly found in Chennai.
Their snacks and desserts are abundant and delicious. Walking around Yangon, you’ll find their street foods to be an absolute delight that you might find yourselves eating with the locals.
They’re also well known for their salads and vegetarian recipes – like their unique fermented tea leaf salad. So, what’s not to love?
Either you’re looking at a menu in a Burmese restaurant near you, cooking a recipe from a video you found online or walking the streets of Yangon to get some traditional Mohinga – no need to look for another essay, we guarantee that this complete list will be all you need.