Monday, January 27, 2020

NooDi: Yangon’s favorite sticky noodle place

Noodle with starch gravy is not as popular as Kyay Oh or Mohinga in Myanmar since it is rarely seen in some of Yangon restaurants. Which is more or less the same as Lor Mee that popular in Malaysia and Singapore, these sticky noodles are easy to obsess once you have tried.

NooDi was opened just a year ago. But it has made noises in the ever-growing Yangon food scene by promoting the lesser known food popular among local foodies.

The proprietor Myat Phoo Wai, the fresh winner of KBZ Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the MYANMORE Awards 2019, is a self-taught cook who has passion in making gravy noodles. She considers she could do better than those boring Chinese restaurants hence she came up with a plan to stand out the dish as her own brand—NooDi.

Myanmore visited NooDi a week after the award ceremony to see as if the food lived up to the hype. The starchy noodles – or sticky noodles as the proprietor likes to call it – was the main menu of the shop which is pretty popular even before she won the award.

Customize your bowl with favourite base – starch gravy, chicken soup or salad then three different types of noodles and 11 toppings, we went with starch gravy, flat noodles and pork intestines which is an odd choice paired with salty and spicy fish paste.

Although it verily makes more savoury, help yourself with the strong smell of fish paste if it is your first try. If you don’t like it, just ask for more traditional condiment chilli sauce.

Chicken rice with starch gravy (2,300 Ks).

The taste was nice and the intestines were melt-in-your-mouth tender. But it wasn’t filling so we ordered one more dish, the rice with starch gravy. Although it was described as “minced meat sticky rice”, it was ordinary rice.

Comes in large portion and complete with an omelette, meatballs, vegetables and generously sprinkled minced chicken. The gravy was poured around the rice which I found more preferable since it didn’t make the meal too greasy. Just don’t mix them if you don’t like sticky gravy. Again, it tasted better with fish paste than with chilli sauce.

The dishes were rich in flavour so I had a cold and refreshing honey lemon juice with basil seeds. My friend ordered “signature” iced coffee which we found it ordinary.

The menu is reasonably priced, just around Ks2,000-3,000 for each dish. There were rice dishes, a curious wonton pizza which was basically fried wontons prepared in the shape of a pizza and some salads for you to choose.

Overall, the food was delightfully good. The problem was not the taste but coming to terms with the fish paste because I am not a fan of it. But it will appeal to many Myanmar people who love fish paste as a condiment with their daily meals.

Address: No. 44, Insein St, Kyimyindine Tsp, Yangon
Phone: 09 45416 6310
Opening hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM


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