I first discovered Inle Myanmar Restaurant last year while Christopher and I were in Singapore on a stopover back to the UK. It was by chance that I caught sight of the unassuming sign with the distinct Burmese script. The opportunity to eat Burmese food is always welcomed. However, I was to be disappointed as time was pressing and we had to catch a plane. Finally I make it back to Singapore and my first stop is to have mohingar for lunch.
Upon entering the café styled restaurant, my ears accustom to the Burmese spoken by other dinners. I tell Christopher the food should be promising if the Burmese locals eat here. We are promptly seated by a young waiter.
The furnishing is minimal and modern with large photographs of Inle Lake on the walls. We study the menu and I am pleased to see many of my favourite dishes. We start with pennywort leave salad (myin khwa yuat thote) and Myanmar tofu salad (tohu thote). I thought the kaffir lime leaves in the tofu salad works wells, giving a distinct aroma to the turmeric flavoured tofu.
There are other salads on the menu which are typically Burmese, like the pickled tea leaves salad (laphet thote) and ginger salad (ghin thote) which I make note to try on future visits. Others are unfamiliar to me such as golden century egg salad, mix pig’s organs salad and pig’s intestine salad. I must ask my mother about these.
The mohingar comes in a decent-sized bowl with the condiments of boiled egg, coriander, raw shallots and limes wedges. The fish noodle soup is hearty with soft pieces of banana stem which gives the authentic flavour. The gourd fritters (butee kyaw) come too late for the mohingar as we are hungry indeed. I even forget to photograph the food!
Overall the food here is well presented, the ambiance is relaxed and the set menu offer real value for money. With our stomachs satisfied, we take a stroll around the other floors of the mall where there are several Burmese stores. I stock up on packets of pickled tea leaves (laphet), which also comes with the crispy nibbles.
Inle Myanmar Restaurant
#B1-07, 111 North Bridge Road