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Traditional Yangon (Rangoon) Food

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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Yangon is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Yangon to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Aloo poori: puffed-up fried breads with potato curry.
  • Bayagyaw: spiced yellow-pea fritters.
  • Fried chapati: unleavened flat bread, usually served with boiled peas.
  • Khayun thee nga chauk chet: brinjal cooked lightly with a small amount of oil, with dried fish and chilli.
  • Lahpet: fermented or pickled tea.
  • Mon Lon Ye Paw: Burmese Floating rice Balls.
  • Nan byar: a flat bread.
  • Samusa: pastry, usually stuffed with mutton and onions served with fresh mint, green chilli, onions and lime.
  • Shan tohu: a type of tofu made from chickpea flour or yellow split pea.



  • Gyin thohk: ginger salad with sesame seeds.
  • Hta Min Thouk: rice, prawn powder, pepper oil, lemon juice.
  • Jar-zun thohk: glass vermicelli salad with boiled prawn julien and mashed curried duck eggs and potatoes.
  • Khauk swè thohk: wheat noodle salad with dried shrimps, shredded cabbage and carrots, dressed with fried peanut oil, fish sauce and lime.
  • Lahpet thohk: pickled tea leaves, fried peas, peanuts, sesame, fresh garlic, tomato, green chili, shrimps, preserved ginger, peanut oil, fish sauce and lime.
  • Let Thoke Sone: Burmese Hand-Tossed Salad.
  • Monlar Oo Thoke: Burmese daikon salad.
  • Nan gyi thohk: thick rice noodle salad with chickpea flour, chicken, fish cake, onions, coriander, spring onions, dried chilli, onion oil, fish sauce and lime.
  • Nga baung thohk: mixed vegetables and prawn, wrapped in morinda leaves and then banana leaves outside.
  • Thanatsone: mixed vegetable salad with sesame seed.
  • Thanhat: Burmese cucumber salad.

Main courses


  • Durian jam: jam made from the durian fruit.
  • Halawa: dessert made of sticky rice, butter, coconut milk.
  • Htamane: dessert made from glutinous rice, shredded coconuts and peanuts.
  • Kluai Nam Wa: dessert made from banana boiled in coconut milk and sugar.
  • Malaing lohn: deep-fried, syrupy dough balls.
  • Ngha-pyaw-thi-bohn: bananas stewed in milk and coconut, and garnished with black sesame.
  • Monpetok: sweet rice and coconut Pyramids.
  • Sanwinmakin: dessert cake made from semolina, sugar, butter, coconut.
  • Saw-hlaing Monte: a baked sweet, made from millet, raisins, coconut and butter.
  • Shwe gyi mohnt: hardened semolina (wheat) porridge with poppy seeds.
  • Shwe yin aye: agar jelly, tapioca and sago in coconut milk.

Fast food

Street food

  • Samusa thohk: samosa salad with onions, cabbage, fresh mint, potato curry, masala, chili powder, salt and lime.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Hpaluda: rose water, milk, jello, coconut jelly, coconut shavings, sometimes served with custard and ice cream.
  • Mont let saung: tapioca balls, glutinous rice, grated coconut and toasted sesame with jaggery syrup in coconut milk.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

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