“If you want Burmese food then I’ll take you to Feel Myanmar restaurant,” Myint Han, my cousin say to us. We squeeze into a taxi and head north passing Bogyoke Market towards the Embassy District.
Feel Myanmar restaurant has a bustling yet relaxed vibe. Tables and chairs sprawl onto the pavement next to stalls selling balloons, and cages full of small birds waiting to be released.
We sit outside on low stools next to tables decorated with patch-work coloured tiles. The menu is comprehensive offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. As it is nearing mid-morning we order Burmese dishes that are perfect for brunch.
When the food arrives and start to crowd the table, I take a quick photo and note the dishes we ate before the food is devoured.
On departing, we all agree on a return visit, particularly to try the tempting ‘monte’ or sweet treats that are laid out in trays.
What to eat:
Mohingar – thin rice noodles in a thick fish broth, with whole shallots and chunks of banana stem that gives this soup a distinct flavour. It is served with boiled egg, chopped coriander, chill powder, lemon wedges and crispy fritters.
Shan tohu thoke – this yellow coloured tofu is made from gram flour and turmeric. It is served with fried shallots, chickpea powder, chopped coriander or lime leaf mixed with a tangy tamarind salad dressing.
Mandalay meeshay – dry rice noodles dish mixed with pork and/or chicken, bean sprouts with a dressing of soy sauce, salted soybean, rice vinegar, onion oil, chilli oil, and garnished with crispy fried onions, crushed garlic and coriander. Served with a side of pickled daikon/mustard greens and clear soup.
Nan gyi thoke – a salad of thick rice noodle, chicken curry, sliced shallots, hard-boiled eggs, sliced fish cakes mixed with chickpea powder, chilli powder, tamarind sauce, fish sauce, onion oil, lemon wedges and crispy fried noodles. Served with a small bowl of sour soup.
Fried breadsticks – an Asian-style donut that is available all over SE Asia. Mostly eaten on its own or dunked in sweet tea or sometimes cut into pieces and added to noodles soups.
Tea – Burmese-style sweet milky tea.
Feel Myanmar Restaurant
124 Pyi Htaung Su Yeikthar St
(btwn Padonmar & Myoma Kyaung St)
Yangon YGN 11191