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Those familiar with the robust flavors and spices of Thai and Indian food will find many similarities in Yangon’s Burmese cuisine. While tasting your way through the local dishes in this spellbinding city, make sure to seek out our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ five favorite food experiences:
1. Sugarcane Juice. When you see somebody turning a crank at a large metal contraption on the street and grinding what looks like thick, creamy yellow stalks, this is your cue to pull up a stool and order a cup of freshly “squeezed” sugarcane juice. It’s incredibly refreshing on a hot day and not as sweet as you might think – think liquid powdered sugar with a hint of lime.
2. Mohinga. Mohinga is a satisfying Burmese fish-and-noodle soup and national dish that locals often indulge for breakfast. It’s served at restaurants and street stalls throughout the day – one of our favorite spots to slurp a bowl of it down at is Feel Myanmar Food.
3. Mont let Saung. Tapioca, rice, coconut and sesame seeds drowned in coconut milk make up this sweet, refreshing dessert. Shwe yin aye is another tasty variation made with seaweed, coconut milk, tapioca, sugar, rice flour and ice.
4. Lahpet. These are pickled tea leaves served in salads as well as drunk in green or black tea. Lahpet is a local favorite, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try it in many different varieties.
5. Burmese-style Indian. Try Burmese takes on popular Indian specialties such as biryani, chapati and falooda. If you want to enjoy it with some kind of protein, seafood is generally safe in Yangon thanks to its location near the coast, but we advise sticking with pork and poultry if you travel north to Mandalay just to be on the safe side.