Burmese food – The Top 3 dishes you shouldn’t miss

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What’s the scoop with Burmese food?

Burma is now officially known as Myanmar, but its cuisine will forever be Burmese. This beautiful South Asian country borders India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand, so its geographical location means the food is incredibly varied and is heavily influenced by more than a hundred distinct ethnic groups.

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Myanmar also has its own delicious dishes, however – from curries to salads and much more. We wanted to let you know about some of the more popular dishes.

What are the Top 3 Burmese food dishes?

MOHINGA

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Mohinga is Myanmar’s unofficial national dish of a fishy noodle soup. It’s a traditional breakfast dish of a shallot-based broth that’s sprinkled with crispy, deep-fried fritters or sometimes with the pith of a banana tree. Lemongrass, turmeric and shrimp paste are simmered with garlic and shallots to make the soup base. It’s not just eaten at breakfast, however – street sellers make it a common snack for any time of day.

TEA LEAF SALAD

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Burmese cuisine includes a variety of salads, and the most famous one here is the tea leaf salad, made with fermented tea leaves. The soft, pickled leaves have a tarty, bitter taste, but they mix well with shredded cabbage, peanuts, beans, sesame seeds, chili, garlic and tomato. Known as a stimulant that can prevent sleep, this dish can be served as a snack, a starter or as part of a main meal.

BURMESE CURRY

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Burmese curries are as popular here as in India and also have a great variety of flavors – with fish, meat or vegetable dishes served in many restaurants or tea shops that convert to curry houses in the evenings. One of the most widely-enjoyed is Burmese chicken curry, which can be cooked with turmeric instead of curry powder. Noodles or rice and herbs and vegetables accompany a mild curry, alongside condiments like pickled cabbage or balachaung relish.

What else do I need to know about Burmese food?

There are so many more Burmese dishes that you should try, especially when traveling around Myanmar, but we wanted to introduce you to some of the more famous dishes. Have you ever eaten Burmese cuisine? What’s your favorite dish?

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