Myanmar which experienced a 50-year isolation period has captured tourists’ attention all over the world since it opened up to the outside world. This mysterious country reveals a diverse culinary culture which cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Like many other Southeast Asian countries, Burmese restaurants have a tendency to specialize in a single dish or a specific cooking style. Although Burmese cuisine comes under several influences of Chinese and Indian cuisines, it has a host of unique features originated from the culinary traditions of Shan community – the ethnic majority of Myanmar. To be more specific, Burmese cuisine is characterised by the extensive use of marine products such as fish sauce and ngapi (fermented seafood). In terms of culinary style, Burmese dishes are a harmonious combination of natural ingredients including an enormous range of fresh fruits and vegetables in conjunction with all kinds of meats. All these elements make valuable contributions to the diversity of tastes, from sweet, sour to savory.

Myanmar Cuisine

Myanmar Tea Leaf Salad

The list below would provide 10 must-try Burmese dishes when going on your Myanmar shore excursions

Mohinga
A bowl of rice noodles covered in a fish based soup and sprinkled with deep fried fritters

Mohinga

Mohinga

Khaosay Thote
Noodles mixed with a flavorful chili sauce and eaten with cloves of garlic and chilies

Ingredients to make great Khaosay Thote dish

Ingredients to make great Khaosay Thote dish

Laphet Thohk
A salad made from pickled tea leaves, a combination of soft, crunchy, crispy, and saucy

Laphet Thohk (pickled tea salad)

Laphet Thohk (pickled tea salad)

Mala Hin
Glorious vegetables in a spicy bean paste

Mala Hin

Mala Hin

Stuffed Pork Skewer
Marinated pork stuffed with straw mushrooms and green peppers

Stuffed Pork Skewer

Stuffed Pork Skewer

Samusa Thouk
Samosas cut into a light broth and topped with fresh herbs, onions and greens

Samusa Thouk

Samusa Thouk

Shan-style rice
Rice cooked with turmeric and squashed into a disk with a topping of flakes of freshwater fish and garlic oil

Shan-style rice

Shan-style rice

Sweet snacks
Grated coconut and coconut milk mixed with rice flour, cooked sticky rice, tapioca and fruit

Burmese Sweet Snacks

Burmese Sweet Snacks

Gyin thoke
Ginger salad wedded with sesame seeds and assorted fried beans

Gyin thoke

Gyin thoke

Samuza thoke
Samosa salad combined with onions, cabbage, fresh mint, potato curry, masala, chili powder, salt and lime

Samuza thoke

Samuza thoke