Yangon Street foods( Part 1)

Street food in Yangon is so variety, they like a treat for local and they severed from early morning till late afternoon for breakfast, brunch or lunch. There are a lot of the street foodie items in Yangon. Among them, there are ten popular street foods you should try. They are all freshly instantly made, so safe enough for your stomach issue.

1. Monhingar


A rice noodle soup, locally called Monhingar, is the first choice, which is so delicious as it contains verities of ingredients, such as cat fish, chip pea, lemon grass, ginger, garlic.. etc; , a healthy food. Almost of Myanmar people like it. As it is very tasty, local people jokingly say (“Swey Myo Taung May Twer Nain Tal” ) “It is so delicious as to forget your relatives.” Visiting Myanmar is not completed without tasting its coveted Monhingar. This is one of top street foods in Yangon

2. Rakhine Mont di

This is a nationality from western Myanmar. Rakhine Mont Di is cuisine of Rakhine people. It is a rice noodle soup, not as thick as Monhingar. The soup is made of daggertooth pike conger, Rakhine ngapi (fish paste) and lemongrass. To get the soup’s distinct taste, It has to be served with deep fried onion or garlic, fresh coriander, green chili paste. It is also called ‘Arpu Sharpu (means ‘hot throat, hot tongue) due to the green chili paste. If you are spicy food eater, that soup is your best choice. Most local people eat it as a snack in the afternoon.

3. Shan K’auk Sweh

Shan K’auk Sweh(Shan State noodle soup or salad served with broth), one of Myanmar people’s favourite is a speciality of Shan nationality. It is an easy recipe where shredded chicken or pork curry, peanuts, spring onions and mustard green are served over a bed of the noodles. The ingredients for the soup and the salad are all the same except noodles. San see noodle is used for soup, whereas round noodle is served as salad. It is really worth trying both as they are all very tasty food originally from Shan cuisine. This Shan State noodle soup or salad are available in temporary makeshift shops and most tea houses all over Myanmar.

4. Bein Mont

Bein Mont pan cake

Bein Mont is Burmese pancake, available easily from roadside shops. It is mainly made of rice topped with white poppy seeds, coconut slices on the top. The one contained egg and butter is special, charged a bit more. Bein Mont is a street food local people eat as a light snack to cover their hunger. It is good to try as it is freshly made and can be eaten soon after being cooked like Mont lon yel baw.

5. Kaunh Moat

Kaung Moat is like a southern Indian pancake called Dosas. It is simply made with three items such as, rice, jaggery, and grated coconut. Firstly, a thin layer of creamy rice is spread, in a circular motion, quickly on round metal flat pan over hot stove, then another layer of jeggary syrup is added on the surface of the rice after that grated coconut is added to it. It just takes a minute to make one, only when ordered, it is made. You should taste that fresh street food which can be found on some street corners.


6. Mote Lin Ma Yar

This snack is a round shape rice cake topped with quail eggs or boiled peas. Like a couple of a husband and wife, the two halves of spherical pieces are joined to make one, that snack is named Mote Lin Ma Yar( husband and wife snack). That snack is quite popular as it is very tasty. You can easily find it sold with mobile cart, on which a vendor is making it on the street of downtown Yangon.

7. Si Htamin

Si Htamin-Yangon-street-food

Glutinous rice called Si Htamin in Myanmar is a choice for breakfast. It is a a kind of cooked glutinous rice with turmeric and onions in peanut oil, and served with boiled peas, toasted sesame and crisp-fried onions. Some people enjoy it with fried dry fish. This glutinous breakfast is a very fresh one as it is sold soon after having been cooked and also safe food for gluten-free diets with no dietary gluten contained. Most young children in Myanmar eat it as a snack.

8. Mont Lone Yel Baw

Mont Lone Yel Baw is a snack made of sticky rice with jiggery inside. It is very simple to make it. Glutinous rice mixed with some rice-flour not to be very sticky and some amount of salt is ground and is rolled into small balls with jaggery inside and thrown into boiling water in a pot. Once put into the pot they drawn in the water, but when they are ready to serve, they come up on the bubbling hot water. Then the rice-ball can be taken out and served with grated coconut. It is very easy to make it but it is good to eat as a snack. For local people, Mont Lone Yel Baw, quick to be made, has become a new year snack, with which they celebrate their new year offering to monks and serve merry goers in their new year as a sign of generosity.

9. Lahpet Thoke

Lahpet Thoke Yangon Street Food

Lahpet Thoke means tea leaf salad consisting of fermented or pickled tea, butterfly peas, chickpeas, crisp fried garlics, peanuts, toasted sesame and baby dried prawns, some amount of oil and salt are put in this mixture. Some locals add a squeeze of lime and shredded green chilies to make it more district taste. It is served as a snack. Myanmar people serve their guests Lahpet Thoke with green tea at home. Lahpet is an important part of their daily meals. There is an old saying about the food: “Of all the fruit, the mango’s the best; of all the meat, the pork’s the best; and of all the leaves, lahpet’s the best”. So, if you don’t want to miss Myanmar core food, Lahpet Thoke is the one you should put in your list.

10. Myanmar tea (La Pha Yay)

Myanmar tea (La Pha Yay)

Tea culture in Myanmar is still strong among its local people like India. Myanmar owns its huge land of tea plantations. Before second world war, Myanmar had been a well-known tea export nation. In the country, tea is mostly grown in Shan, Kachin, and Chin State where many high-quality tea plants can be cultivated. Wherever you travel in Myanmar country, you will ever find tea houses with full of customers at the corner of the streets or somewhere on main roads. Myanmar tea is flavoured with condensed milk and evaporated milk.

At the tea house, samusa, Indian bread, nam, and some other sweet snacks are also available to serve with tea. In some tea shops, you can get Monhingar too. Most of burmese traditional snacks are very cheap: a cup of tea is charged 300 kyats (about 20 cents usd). Sipping tea, chatting with friends is a heavenly leisure time for local men. It is a new experience for the outsiders to taste Myanmar tea, feeling Myanmar people’s habits and customs in a roadside tea shop.

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