There are different types of rice noodle descended from different places of Myanmar. The rice noodle from the Shan State and Kachin State (sometimes with the Chinese influenced) are the most famous ones. There are two types of rice noodles: “San See” which is sticky and flat or “Yay Sein” which is round,thin shaped and not sticky. There are several ways to enjoy noodles, such as with or without soup (salad) and sometimes you can also try adding some yellow bean paste which is slightly sweeter than the ordinary one. Here is our selection of the most popular and yummiest noodle shops for you to ENJOY!
Shwe Mingalar Shan Noodle – ♥
No.89, Phonegyi Street (Middle Block), Lanmadaw Tonwship
11am to 10pm
$1 – $3
Shwe Mingalar offers a lot of Shan dishes. Highly recommended are the beef noodle soup and the fried dumplings.
Happy Noodle @ People’s park Culture Valley
G-1, Myanmar Culture Valley, People’s Park, U Wisara Road, Dagon Township
The famous big bright yellow smiley face of Happy Café & Noodles can be found in quite a few places in town. They serve a lot of different kinds of noodles from all over the country including rakhine and Shan. The most enjoyable setting is in the garden of the beautiful colonial building which shelters the Inya Road branch. Their patio is the place to go for some relaxing drinks and a couple of shared plates of Myanmar foods.
Princess Irrawaddy Breakfast Special
Corner of 4th street & Anawrahta street, Yankin township
6am to 11am
Foods: $6 – $15, Drinks (coffee, tea): $5
This restaurant only serves breakfast and it is always full ! The staple here is noodles. Take a pick : sichet (noodles with fried garlic), meeshay (Mandalay noodle), tobu nwe (noodles with bean curd) and Shan traditional noodles.
AGAPE Kachin Food – ♥
No 18, Shwe Pyi Aye Street, Sanchaung Township
01 518239, 09 421167008
8:30am to 8:30pm
$1 – $4
This is one of the best Kachin Restaurant in Yangon. Here you will get a real taste of Kachin food and also Kachin rice wine. Try their Beef Chili Noodle. Phat Htote Kyaw is also a signature dish of this food shop.
No. 30 (ground floor) Dammayone St., Myay Ni Gone, Sanchaung Township
9am to 10pm
Putao is the northernmost town of Kachin State, up near the beautiful Hkakabo Razi snow-capped mountain. The food served in this Putao restaurant is mainly Kachin food, but they also serve a few Thai dishes. Their cuisine is made from plenty of greens and interesting potatos, and is then spiced with a Putao variant of the dreaded “gullah-authee” chilis.
999 Shan Noodle House
No. 130 B 34th Street | Kyauktada Township
01 389363, 09 450061616
6am to 7pm
$1.2 – $3.5
This local restaurant hidden in the small streets behind the city hall serves some of the freshest and tastiest noodles and soups in town. The pork rib noodles are particularly delectable. The owner is very friendly and is always happy to give advice about local foods. A perfect place for a cheap and yummy food-stop downtown.
Innlay Ahmataya @ Dagon Shan Food
No. 126, Manawhari Street, Near Kandaw Mingalar Park, Dagon Township
6:30am to 7:30pm
$0.8 – $4
This Shan restaurant specialises in dishes from the Inle Lake area. The Inthar people eat to suit the weather and geographical location, which means a lot of fish and turmeric which is said to help fight off malaria and fever. Their noodle dishes are delicious, but while you’re at it, try their traditional morning snack “hin htote” – steamed rice powder with onion leaves, and flavoured with ju myit (an edible root) and fried garlic.
Shan Yoe Yar
No.169, War Tan Street, Near corner with Bogyoke Aung San Road, Lanmadaw Township
01 221524, 09 250566695
7am to 10pm
$2 – $15
Shan Yoe Yar is the very first Shan-style fine dining restaurant in the city. Set in an attractive,air-conditioned restaurant with renovated wood, there is a fine selection of well-known and lesser known Shan dishes, including the famous Shan Noodles.
Myit Kyii Ner Shan Noodle – ♥
Corner of Minn Street and Baho Road, Sanchaung Township, Yangon.
7am – 8:30pm
$1 – $4
Try their fish and bamboo rice noodle soup! The steamed pork rib and beef ball soups are also worth the try. We appreciate that Kachin noodles are less oily than Shan noodles.
Nan Htike Shan Restaurant – ♥
No.145, Bogyoke Road, Between 46th and 47th Street, Botahtaung Township
01-295977, 09-423706400, 09-5110647
8am – 9pm
This Shan Restaurant is famous among locals and their famous dishes are Steamed Fish with lime and Shan Noodle.
Don’t miss the street stalls either! Just ask for “Shan khout swel” for Shan noodles and then specify which noodle you want as seen in the introduction! Good food tasting!