Dining in Yangon can be
both pleasurable and exciting. As food is generally inexpensive, one
can easily sample different dining options as food choices abound the
city. The city's cuisine is influenced mainly by the neighboring
countries and has therefore inspired various dishes:
the local cuisine is an interesting blend of Chinese, Indian and
local Myanmar influence. Typical Burmese dishes are curry-based and
make use of chicken, seafood, and mutton. As the country is
Buddhist-dominated, there is very little use of pork or beef.
the country sits next to Mainland China and since Yangon is
inhabited by many local Chinese, various regional cuisines such as
Cantonese and Szechuan are available in the market.
influence is also very strong in the city's dining lifestyle.
Japanese and Korean restaurants abound the city. Thai, Singaporean
and Malaysian dishes are also quite common in many restaurant menus.
most hotels and restaurants offer a wide variety of Western food.
Items are usually available in buffet set-ups as well as in the ala
carte menus. Oddly enough, the (Western) fastfood industry has not
clearly penetrated the dining market. Worldwide fastfood chains are
clearly absent in the city although this has given rise to a few
local fastfood establishments and cafes.
Yangon has kept its local
touch in terms of dining. Small teashops line up the streets of Yangon
where one would find delicious local dishes served with favorite hot
beverages. The "mohinga" is the most popular snack item and is served
in practically all corners of town. This light, curry-based fish
noodle soup is very tasty and although traditionally eaten for
breakfast, is now served all-day. This tropical country also offers a
wide variety of native, tropical fruits and while there is essentially
no season for these fruits, most of the sweet and delicious variety
come out during summer months.