Mohinga (မုန့်ဟင်းခါး) is widely considered to be the national food of Myanmar, something you’ll find nearly everywhere. Read the full post here: https://migrationology.com/yangon-street-food-mohinga/
What is mohinga (မုန့်ဟင်းခါး)? It’s one of the most popular foods in the realm of Burmese food, a dish that consists of rice noodles of a varying level of thickness, submerged in a broth made from fish. The soup is kind of in between a soup and a curry, and it’s full of spices and flavor. I’m a huge fan of eating mohinga when I’m in Myanmar, and I just can’t get enough of its rich and flavorful broth. The mohinga broth is made from a combination of fish, shallots, lemongrass, garlic, chili, turmeric, and a handful of other spices.
On my trip to Yangon, I was always on the look out for delicious food – there’s literally street food everywhere you look in the city – it’s a city where if you love food, you’ll have an endless sea of things to sample. On the day I ate this bowl of mohinga (မုန့်ဟင်းခါး), I actually had no plans to eat anything then. My wife and I were strolling around the Sule Pagoda, in downtown Yangon, when all of a sudden I saw a commotion in the parking lot of the Yangon City Hall. All of the sudden a van pulled up, and couple people started unloading the van and setting up a beautiful looking mohinga stall in the parking lot. Small miniature tables and chairs were set up all over the parking lot, and as soon as the tables were set up, people that were passing by grabbed a chair with anticipation. This was a Yangon street food stall when I had no plans to eat, but since the food looked so good, and the atmosphere was exactly how I loved it, I had no choice but to grab a seat with all the others, and sit down for a bowl of mohinga (မုန့်ဟင်းခါး).
After ordering, it just took a few moments before the vendors scooped me up a bowl of rice noodles and smothered them in a ladle of the broth. Unfortunately, I didn’t know I could order an egg, because I definitely would have gone for an egg, but I didn’t get one this time. The noodles arrived piping hot, with a Chinese donut chopped up on top. I tasted the broth first, and it was beautiful, a rich fish curry with just the right amount of spices. The rice noodles were nice and soft and that crispness from donut added that wonderful contrast. After eating a few bites of this awesome bowl of mohinga, I then added some dry chili flakes, which were on the table, to give my bowl a bit of extra heat.
I think one of the joys of visiting Yangon and Myanmar is eating the street food – and not only eating, but also experiencing the culture and atmosphere of the food culture. There’s nothing more enjoyable than pulling up a street food chair and ordering up delicious plate of food. When you’re in Yangon, don’t miss out on a few bowl of mohinga.
You can really find mohinga all over Yangon, but if you’re interested in going to this same place that I ate at, here’s the info.
How to get there: This street food stall pop-up in Yangon is really close to Sule Pagoda, maybe about 100 meters north of it, and just north of the Yangon City Hall building. Throughout the daytime, it’s just a parking lot full of cars, but in the evening is when this mohinga street food stalls sprouts up.
Open hours: I’m not totally sure, but I got there at about 6 pm and they were just starting to set everything up. I think they are open from about 6 pm until they sell out, maybe 2 – 3 hours.
Prices: 500 Kyats ($0.50) per bowl, and probably more if you get an egg, and it’s well worth it.
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