It’s no secret I love brunch, I could brunch anywhere which means, of course, I brunched in Yangon. Yangon is a very cosmopolitan city, the different types of cuisine you can find throughout the country all converge here so there is seriously no lack of great food options. While we were here though we tried to eat some of what was considered the most popular local food.
To best understand Myanmar and furthermore, cuisine in Myanmar, it’s first important to understand that there are several states that Myanmar is divided into. Some of these are Kachin State, Kayah State, Kayin, Chin, Rakhine, Mon and Shan State. These states generally point to the proximity that the areas have to various borders. In this way Shan State borders China to the north, Laos to the East and Thailand to the South, it has food influenced by those regions so when you see “Shan Noodles” or Khor Poat (black sesame or sticky rice cakes) then you know it is Shan food while still being Burmese. Note that the above are my favorite Shan foods.
A lot of foods are however found everywhere, Yangon, however, has the easiest access to all foods and as you travel to different parts of the country, you will be more exposed to certain state foods. When we get to some Bagan blog posts, you’ll see there are also more traditional Burmese dishes that are worth trying. Without further ado, here is our recommendation for Rangoon Tea House.
The tea house is a new take on a traditional Burmese tea shop culture. The brainchild of U Htet Myet Oo, the restaurant has only been open a few years but is a fun, modern take on Burmese food.
Here’s what we ordered:
- Mohinga (the national dish of the country, I believe we had catfish that day)
- Pawt Saint Si Lone (the tea! Foamy and savory and amazing)
- Paratha (it was dipped in sugar, get whichever one was dipped in sugar)
- Fried Chicken with Burmese Rice (to be fair we didn’t realize the chicken was going to be fried, this was a tad more of a mistake but the rice was delicious)