I’m going to post this too and hey Burmese friends, add suggestions. Here goes tho.
Also I forgot to add earlier: a general meal will consist of various curries, dressings, sauces, and salads, and everything is centered on a table. You get a place with your own rice or paratha or dosa or what have you, and you add the other food over yours progressively as you are eating. Just like Pakistanis/Indians/Bangladeshis do too. Only difference can be with noodles where you can get a complete bowl, but with some you still can get a bowl of noodles, then ladle the soups and toppings yourself.
- mohingya, a fish
noodle soup. (Rice noodles) One of my most most most fav dishes in the
WORLD but my mother doesn’t know how to make it/doesn’t, bc she dislikes
the smell. It IS very aromatic, but the flavours are so good.
le-thoke. It is a…rice and noodle salad? At home we usually
end up making it out of leftover rice and noodles and fry it all together
BUT it is an actual dish.
- ‘Thoke’ is essentially a Burmese
“salad” of some form but they’re whole, full meals. I can’t do like 98%
of western “salads” but the Burmese ones I remember are often a full meal. Or at least,
- Nagpi gyaw- it’s uhh. Fried dry spicy shrimp?
thoke. green tea salad, has peanuts, sesame, garlic and ginger obvs,
sometimes shrimp, chilli, tomato… uhh. This is like, an appetizer, not
a full meal.
IDK about Chinese-based foods they’re more
common in the north also I have no Chinese family also they’re very
pork-based so that never happened but if you can get to a Thai
restaurant, try the sweet and sour fish and the hot and sweet soup (the
soup SHOULD have quail eggs!) like it’s very common but Burmese Thai
make it in a very particular way I haven’t found anywhere else. So. Also
the thai places I’d go to were Muslim ones so that may also make a
difference re: cooking IDK.
Pakistan/India-community based foods!
- ou now caw swe (literally, “coconut noodle” soup) but the coconut part
is in the soup, and if you, like me, are opposed to the texture of
coconut shavings, you don’t taste or feel it. It’s served with some form
of curry, often chicken or meat, and with crunchy bits.
yeah burmese will usually not acknowledge that this is desi BUT this is
from our community lol. also this is SPECIFICALLY desi-Burmese, not
ethnic bamar originated, and is not common in the homelands though there
do exist other variants
- and then we just do classical desi dishes.
- we do aaloo puri very excellently tho. lol I mean, it’s no different, but we do it excellently)
the bestest best dosa I’ve ever had was this old women who used to make
dosas every morning at the crack of dawn in an allyway down our street.
(That’s New University Avenue in Yangon, btw) hands down the best dosa
ever. better than like, fanciest restaurants. her daughters started a
boutique and so she stopped making dosas tho. BUT ANYWAY try burmese
- Also any other form of burmese-indian mixed
platters. Parathas, puris, rice, whatever the curries and dressings come
with it, they are excellent. My fav fav fav most fav thing is the yellow one with the black dots, in the center here? IDK what it’s called tho, so I can’t recreate it. If you find out, tell me.
- Halwas, phalooda (cos of the Burmese twists)
- Pe byouk, which I’m pretty sure is chickpeas, but don’t remember. Can eat as is, or with naan.
Yangon, sold by women from across the river with large baskets on their
heads selling what they are carrying. “Pyamupyo [corn]… mophet thoke
[I don’t remember what this is]!” Eat the fresh corn. You don’t have to
do anything to it, just eat it off the cob. Also there’s some women
selling strawberries, idk if it’s season yet but yeah excellent. Also
these women often sell pe byouk too.
- “sweet biryani” I don’t remember it’s real name. It looks like biryani. It is sweet. Usually moreso a wedding-catered food than something served normally, but if you find it, eat it.
Also drink the sugarcanes juice! Yeeeeah sugarcane juice.
also cook duck and sparrow quite excellently. It’s not actually sparrow
tho, but it’s a similar tiny bird. Any sort of tofu is pretty much
guaranteed to be well cooked. Taste the various dressings and sauces. Try the green leaf tea! Also eat the green leaf salad. Have I mentioned the green leaf salad. I have. Laphet thoke. Try it.
food is very inexpensive like last I remember the equivalent of about
$2-5 got you whole meals to fill a family of 4 people. So. Eat up.
Also take me with you.