Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Myanmar Food Hunt: Cheap Eats

Myanmar Local Beer

I was converting Kyats to Dollars on my mind as I check out our beer options. I couldn’t believe that everything was cheap so we grabbed more than we planned for at a mini mart somewhere in Mandalay. We had ten days in Myanmar, and each night it was beer night!

We’re really on a tight budget so we took advantage of the free breakfasts from our hotels in Myanmar and usually stuffed ourselves that lasted until afternoon. Late afternoon and dinnertime were usually for local Burmese cuisine food hunt.

Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Colorful fruits
Myanmar Local Beer
Choose your beer!
Around 500 to 600 Kyats (US$ 0.47 to 0.57) per can
From Yangon to Bagan to Mandalay. From train food to street food to festival food. We were there to experience it. And yes, we didn’t empty out our pockets during those times.

Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Sule Shangri-La Hotel's breakfast buffet
Myanmar Burmese Local Food

Myanmar Local Beer
Mandalay Beer in Bagan
Myanmar Local Beer
Myanmar Beer - Draught (draft)
with free nuts
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Grilled quail eggs with spicy dip - yummy!
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Fried Noodles
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Omelette
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Chicken Fingers
Mandalay

Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Strawberry Ice Cream
400 Kyats (US$ 0.38)
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Very clever and cute :)
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Local coffee shop at U Bein Bridge
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
It was okay, nothing to rave about
200 Kyats each (US$ 0.19)
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Eatery at 
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Sinigang-like soup and Adobo-like pork
So-so lunch for 3,500 Kyats (US$ 3.30)
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
We ordered just one dish and they served us all these...
Halal lunch for 3,400 Kyats (US$ 3.21)
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Street food, literally
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Very Pinoy
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Felt like I was on a carinderia in the Philippines
2,500 Kyats (US$ 2.36)
Thingyan Water Festival


Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Water break
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Everything fried
500 Kyats (US$ 0.47) for 10 pieces of those fried happiness
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Choose your skewers
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Bagan's free food offering to guests
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Plus this!
Myanmar Local Train

Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Again, very Pinoy...
Myanmar Burmese Local Food
Truly Pinoy
500 Kyats (US$ 0.47) for the yummy mangoes with spicy salt
I must say that Burmese cuisine is reminiscent of Filipino food. The typical rice plus viand was evident on our food trip. If we had much money, we would still opt for cheap thrills and experience it the local way. I cannot say that Burmese food was outstanding but generally, it was fine.





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