Where and What to Eat in Myanmar
The variety and richness of Myanma cuisine rivals that of Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam, though it is nowhere near so well-known or universally regarded. This is partly thanks to the country’s long stint in isolation, and partly because, frankly, dishes often appear oily and off-putting in the country’s local restaurants. Scratching beneath the surface is mandatory, and highly rewarding.
130b, 34th Street, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Along with tea leaf salad, Shan noodles is one of the most ubiquitous (and delicious) dishes to be found in Myanmar. There are different versions, but common threads usually involve chicken, garlic, turmeric, tomatoes and fish sauce with Chinese greens to garnish. A popular venue for the dish in Yangon is 999 Shan Noodle Shop, which has the tourist stamp of approval.
80 University Avenue, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Dining venues that really scale the highest of international standards are few and far between in Yangon. One such options, however, is the long-standing Le Planteur. Set in a mansion with a lovely garden, the restaurant specialises in intricate fusion creations with dishes running the gamut from foie gras to prime rib.