The food in Myanmar has been shaped by many of its neighbouring countries, although years of isolation and a diverse ethnic make up means that cuisine here is totally unique. Rather than a sweet or spicy taste like in Thailand or India, the flavours here are strong and pungent, with a distinct sour and savoury taste in most Burmese dishes.
Rice is a staple food, with meals served with lots of dipping sauces and pastes; the most popular condiments are pickled mango or a fermented fish paste. One of the most famous Burmese foods is lephet – fermented tea leaves, which are delicious in salads.
While you’ll have the most authentic experience of this cuisine in Myanmar itself, there’s still plenty of dishes you can make at home that will bring the flavours to you instead.
We’re sharing some of the best classic Burmese dishes. These recipes aren’t just any recipes either, as they have been created by the world’s top food bloggers. The best of the best. Make sure check out the other great dishes on their sites too.
The Best Burmese Dishes
Chicken Dal Curry is a comforting Burmese stew of yellow peas, chicken, ginger, turmeric, curry and spices.
Recipe created by Gina.
If you can call something a bowl of happiness, this could well be it. Burmese Khow Suey is a delicious noodle dish made with egg noodles, curried chicken and coconut milk. Served with a variety of condiments, each spoon full of soup you eat will be bursting with flavours!
Recipe created by Arun.
This dish is super flavourful. It’s spicy, with that lovely surprising note of cumin to shake things up. The final flourish of fresh herbs and squeeze of lime juice really give it a burst of vibrant freshness, too.
Recipe created by Carolyn.
A popular Burmese rice noodles served with meat sauce and arrays of toppings. There are several varieties of mee shay in Burma and Mandalay Mee Shay has more toppings compared to other versions.
Recipe created by Marvellina.
This delicious and simple pumpkin curry recipe is Burmese in origin and cooks in just 30 minutes making it a perfect midweek dinner!
Recipe created by Brian
A wonderful fresh and original salad which is bursting with flavour and which can be served alone or as part of a full meal. You will fall in love after the first mouthful.
Recipe created by Sarah.
Burmese golden egg curry recipe. Eggs are boiled, peeled and then fried in medium-hot oil, with spicy tomato curry sauce.
Recipe created by Bee.