7 Mandalay Street Food You Must Try
Various cuisines including Myanmar, Chinese, Indian, and European are readily available in restaurant and coffee shops in Mandalay. Pubs and bars are also available to a limited extent. Visitors will be presented to different forms of restaurants from colonial-styled to bamboo structure or even Shan-inspired design. Here’s an insider’s guide to the Mandalay street food which you have to try.
Burmese loves to toss together humble ingredients like the pea to create tempting salads, soups, curries and stir-fry. We had Mont Di which is thick rice noodle with chicken pea flour. The red chili paste and oil gives the white rice vermicelli the yellow color. Mixed with fishball, beansprouts, onion and pickled mustard, it is a colorful combination.
Rice with Shan Dishes
We went to a Shan restaurant for buffet, and instead of being served, you pick your own favorite dishes. Many of them have Chinese influence and have flavorful taste profile. The buffet is only 4000 kyat (about US$ 3) and the standard of the food is very good!
Traditionally, Burmese eat their meals from dishes on a low table, and this is evident in this no-name stall along Street 16 that sells excellent Myee Shay which draws a huge crowd. For only US$1, you get a bowl of rice noodles full of ingredients including pig’s tail and pig’s skin, plus a super flavorful bowl of pork ribs soup. Drizzle some lime and add some mustard leaf to give it some tanginess.
The pork comes in different parts, they either blanched or deep-fried. They will serve you a few trays of pork stick, you can pick which one you prefer and eat it. I suggest you to have the blanched version so you can dip the skewers into a bowl of spicy morning glory soup. By the end of the meal, the servers will come and count the number of sticks for the bill.
This comforting bowl of Kyae Oh (pork noodles) is one of the best Mandalay street food I had during the trip. One by one, the chef scooped a spoonful of minced meat into the soup in brisk motions. The broth is so power packed and the minced meatball was so tender and tasty, which makes them look like little gemstones in the ocean.
“Bow See” means “bun” in Burmese language. Here, the shops sells fluffy and soft steamed buns that are made fresh daily. The size of the bao is moderate and packed with juicy pork. Something that interest me is their dumplings which looks like the big brother of xiao long bao. Not as soupy, but this dumpling has generous scoop of marinated pork.