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Top food to try in Myanmar - Get ready for the tastes

Myanmar is an increasingly popular destination in this part of the world and here are some of the best dishes you can try while you are there.


Tea Leaf Salad

This is definitely one of the most popular dishes in this country and is made with sour and bitter leaves that are mixed along with peas, nuts and cabbage. This dish can be used as an appetizer, as a snack, or even mixed and eaten it with a plate of steamed rice. If you are staying at a Myanmar hotel that you booked with the help of a Myanmar travel agency the likes of Aitken Spence Travels Myanmar, you will be able to find this dish on the menu very easily. This dish is not for everyone though and is definitely an acquired taste because it is so bitter and sour.


Shan Style Rice

Also known as the fish and rice locally, this is a typical lunch in Myanmar. The rice is made with an infusion of turmeric and later mixed with garlic oil and fish. This dish is usually served on its own but sometimes it is even served as a snack with a few other sides. You will be able to order and test this dish at any one of the local restaurants in the area.



Simply known as curry, this dish is very similar to the other dishes found in South Asia like Sri Lanka and India. A variety of these dishes can be made, with either mutton, fish, beef or chicken. This dish usually comes with a mix of rice, vegetables and a tasty salad. A complete meal with this dish will also include a bowl of soup on the side in some restaurants.


Tea Shop Meal

Just like the name states, this is not a meal actually but is more of a snack you might have at a tea shop while you enjoy your evening cup of tea or coffee. These include snacks that are usually buns or sweets with meat fillings.


Shan Style Noodles

Similar to the Shan style Chicken Rice stated earlier, this is yet another popular dish found in the country. These are noodles that are made from rice flour. They are soaked in a spicy and clear soup that is marinated with chicken or some other meat. This dish is served with the side of vegetables that are usually pickled. It might not sound special enough to be on this list but it is a favourite among the locals and especially sought-after during the cold weather or a rainy day.


Snacks in Myanmar

Unlike the sweets and snacks found in other parts of Asia, the ones in Myanmar or not that sweet and sugary. The sweet flavour that you find in the snacks usually come from ingredients like rice flour, sticky rice, tapioca and coconut milk. This makes for snacks that are not overwhelmingly sweet, and also are healthy snacks unlike the ones in the neighbouring countries.

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