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As places of traditional arts and crafts are exhibited in many places foreigners and locals alike can enjoy their leisure time.  Photo – Aung Htay Hlaing

Scenic spots in Yangon for
foreign tourists
By Lae Phyu Pya Myo Myint galleries at Bogyoke Aung San 65 on Yaw Min Gyi street in At Htwe Oo Myanmar that lie along the banks of the

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Market and Karaweik Palace, Dagon township, Pansodan Scene Traditional Puppet Theatre, Yangon River, they can take the
s the number of foreigners National Museum and other places Gallery located at Upper Pansodan puppetry performance is performed Royal Green River Cruise and
visiting Myanmar is of interest where they can find wood street in Kyauktada township daily between 5pm and 6pm as Yangon River Cruise which are
increasing, festivities, carving, puppetry, traditional music and Yangon Gallery located in long as there are at least two in the luxury cruises that run from 6pm
displays and recreational places and arts. Some foreigners also look People’s Square in Dagon township audience. For special puppetry to around 8pm.
which can attract the foreigners are for places where they can spend where exhibitions related to performance shows, there should be Another place that serves
also increasing year by year. their evenings peacefully. painting, woodcarving and arts are at least five spectators. Western style dinner together with
The biggest attraction for For those who want to spend time displayed. Anybody can register for the quality wine is the  Le Cellier at
foreigners are Myanmar traditional enjoying the paintings, there are It one would like to learn and puppet show one day ahead, or can the Novotel Hotel.
presentations and arts as well many places such as Lawkanat Art enjoy the Myanmar traditional also visit www.htweoomyanmar. Most of the foreigners enjoy
as places where they can relax Gallery which is located at Lower puppetry art, there is a place by com,” says puppetry professional their evenings at this venue to
comfortably. Pansodan street in Kyauktada the name of Htwe Oo Myanmar U Khin Maung Htwe (U Htwe). taste French age-old wine, which
Places where most foreigners township, New Treasure Art Traditional Puppet Theatre which If visitors would like to have a is the major attraction of Le
usually visit in Yangon are the Gallery located in Than Lwin is situated at No. 12, Yama Street glimpse of Myanmar culture, the Cellier.
famous Shwedagon Pagoda, Road in Bahan township, Gallery in Ahlone Township. right place would be the Karaweik “Most people come to enjoy the
Palace where one can have lunch breathtaking view of Shwedagon
or buffet dinner while enjoying Pagoda while having an aperitif
14 kinds of Myanmar traditional on the terrace of the 14th floor
dances where the performers are rooftop of the Novotel Hotel,”
clad in traditional costumes. Amanda Pearl, Public Relation
There are also entertainment Manager of Novotel Hotel said.
and food that can attract Anybody interested in art
foreigners at The Strand Hotel, combination of Myanmar and
which was recently renovated. One French culture, transferring arts
can enjoy the entertainment of shows, musical entertainment
Myanmar harp and xylophone in shows, plays and photo shows can
the lobby of the hotel. visit the Institute Francais, at
At The Strand Café’, guests can No(340) Pyay road in Sanchaung
enjoy twin pleasures of Myanmar Township.
style and Western style, where If people want to enjoy a
classic high tea and Myanmar high combination of German arts and
tea is served from 2:30pm to 5pm, Myanmar arts, the right place will
and family dinner is set from 6pm be Goethe Villa, at No (8), Ko Min
to 10 pm. Most of the foreigners Ko Chin Road, Bahan Township,
prefer the Myanmar high yea Yangon.
served in a very traditional The National Theatre, which is
Myanmar lacquer ware tray. at Myo Ma Kyaung Road in Dagon
“They also very much enjoy township, not only has shows of
having dinner with Myanmar-style Myanmar traditional culture but
preparations,” said Ma Win Pa Pa also cultural exchange programmes
Myo, Public Relation Manager of with foreign countries so foreigners
The Strand Hotel. can spend their leisure time at the
If guests would like to discover theatre enjoying Myanmar and
the spectacular sceneries of international arts shows.
Yangon’s waterways and the rich Translation by Win Taw Tar and
historical and cultural landscapes Khine Thazin Han
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Karaweik Palace showcases
authentic Myanmar culture
By Lae Phyu PYA Myo Myint performances presented by the traditional architectural features

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restaurant. The Palace is a beautiful which adorn the building.
he golden Karaweik Palace, sight during the evening with As a genuine Myanmar welcome,
one of the many landmarks the illumination reflected by the two doormen dressed as Royal
in the heart of Yangon City, Kandawgyi Lake. Guards in Myanmar ancient warrior
is located on the eastern shore The restaurant is tastefully costumes welcome the guests at the
of Kandawgyi Lake, facing the decorated and offers a wonderful entrance of the Karaweik Palace.
magnificent Shwe Dagon Pagoda view as well as culinary delights After entering the door, there
which is a symbol of Myanmar covering special Chinese, Myanmar are decorations with Myanmar
traditional art and culture. and East Asian cuisine. traditional floral motifs (kanout) Forginer being helped to apply Thanaka powder at Karaweik palace.  Photo- Aung Htay Hlaing
The Karaweik Palace that draws “There are many customers and mosaics.
the attention of many foreigners who visit the restaurant for lunch A man in Brahmin costume of the ladies apply Thanaka on their Waing dance, solo dance, Pakan
was designed and built by Myanmar but most of the foreigners enjoy is seated in the middle of the two faces and take photos together with Ko Gyi Kyaw dance, Pyu dance,
architect U Ngwe Hlaing as a replica the evenings having buffet dinner. halls with sheets of palm-leaf this beautiful Myanmar girl. Bagan dance, U Shwe Yoe and Daw
of the Pyigyimon Royal Barge. There are more Asian customers, manuscripts placed in front of The Karaweik Palace has two Moe dance, Chin bamboo dance,
Construction began in 1972 and rather than Westerners,” said the him. He gives a Myanmar name to halls – Ottara Hall and Dekkhina Rakhine oil lamp dance, Mon dance,
was completed in 1974. In 1988 restaurant’s manager Daw Thin every foreigner who visits the hall Hall – which are both available for Shan kinnara and kinnari dance,
the building was converted into a Thin Aung. according to their birthday and also gala occasions. marionette dance and Kyaukse
restaurant. One of Myanmar’s traditional writes down the meaning of their Visitors can enjoy meals in any elephant dance are performed on stage
Karaweik Palace Restaurant furniture, which is a royal couch name on the palm leaf. hall they prefer. The interiors of while the visitors enjoy their dinner.
has two reception halls, where gala (Thalon), is placed at the entrance By his side, a beautiful young both halls are the same. Ceilings Dancers’ costumes and
occasions, weddings receptions, of the restaurant. Along the passage girl in Myanmar ancient costume are decorated with traditional floral accessories are uniquely created
celebrations and different kinds to the reception halls, there are grinds Thanaka (a yellowish- motifs and pillars are also decorated according to real Myanmar
of events can be held. The buffet small booths which cater locally- white cosmetic paste made from with relics. A large Myanmar traditional style. As the performers
restaurant offers lunch from 11:00 made snacks such as mote lat kaut, ground bark which is a distinctive traditional harp which is placed in showcase traditional music and
am to 3:00 pm daily and buffet mote lin mayar and pae palar tar. feature of Myanmar culture) on a the middle of both halls enhances a dances from different tribes across
dinner from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Most of the foreigners enjoy the circular stone called kyaut pyin. She splendid view for the diners. the country, Karaweik Palace is a
Many foreigners enjoy having snacks while taking photos of the explains what it is and helps visiting At the end of each hall, there is must-visit place not only to enjoy
dinner while viewing the beauty interior and surrounding view of foreigners apply Thanaka. a large stage which is decorated to authentic Myanmar taste but
of the sunset, surrounding natural the Karaweik Palace. There is also Foreigners are usually pleased give visitors an authentic taste of also to learn authentic Myanmar
scenery, enchanting view of a path from where one can stroll with the fragrance of Thanaka Myanmar culture. traditional arts.
the Shwe Dagon Pagoda as well around the exterior of the building and the sight of the girl dressed in Myanmar traditional dances Translation by Zar Zar Soe
as Myanmar traditional dance and take photos of Myanmar ancient Myanmar costume. So most such as Amarapura-era Myay
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Cinema hall in downtown Yangon.  Photos – Aung Myin Ye Zaw Hollywood action movie screened at Nay Pyi Taw cinema.

High standard cinemas still significant kind of
entertainment in Yangon
By Nandar Aung Bogyoke Aung San road was cinemas owned by Mingalar Group cinemas under Mingalar Group: there are no longer many cinemas as

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demolished for the construction and Shwe Taung group. Thamada, Thwin, Naypyitaw, Shae in the golden age of cinemas lining
t could be said that the post of the Sakura Tower which is there As the quality of Myanmar Saung, Mingalar Sanpya and other up the streets of Yangon, there are
World War II period which was today. And then, famous cinemas movies becomes low, most of cinemas show movies from 10AM still a number of cinemas left where
around 1950s were the golden like Pa Pa Win and Gon, located the youths have chosen to see to 9:30PM a total of five shows high-quality international films in
era of Myanmar Motion Picture. on Sule Pagoda Road were also more international movies than per day for the whole week; JCGV 3-D and 2-D formats are shown.
During that time, there were around demolished and the Traders hotel Myanmar movies. cinemas under Shwe Taung Group Translated by Win Thaw Tar, Khine Thazin
150 film production companies in (now Sule Shangri-La hotel) was “I like Myanmar movies but have five shows daily on Friday, Han and Kyaw Soe Htet
Yangon and almost all of them had built in that place,” said U Aung not all. Myanmar movies are Saturday, and public holidays, and
their own cinemas. Lwin. becoming more foolish and silly as from 10AM to 7PM(four shows) on
At the moment, Thamada, people say. I do not want to watch other days.

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“Those were the times which
could be regarded as the golden age Thwin, Nay Pyi Taw and Mingalar such movies by wasting my time “The Myanmar films are
of Myanmar Motion Picture,” said cinemas are the last lifeline of the and money. Hollywood movies are regularly screened in cinemas,
director and actor U Aung Lwin. Myanmar Motion Picture world. full of essence. But I do not watch but foreign films are usually
However as most of the cinemas Moreover, JCGV cinemas, which every foreign movie. I only watch shown mostly a week later than
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were nationalized in 1968 and have been placed at the Junction the quality movies,” says Ko Myat the start of international show.
banned from screening films, shopping centers by Shwe Taung Soe from Yankin. However, some releases of foreign
the number of cinemas and film Group of Companies since 2012, As new movies at cinemas films coincide with Friday (the
Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Myo Lwin
production companies gradually are also becoming a place where change every Friday, he goes to day for the cinema to switch to
decreased. Famous cinemas such as Myanmar and international films these cinema to see whichever another film); so you can watch Editor: Win Aung
Shwe Gon, Myoma, Sanpya, Shwe are screened. movie he likes. He also goes to that movie on the same date as it Sub-editor: P Vijian
Man and San Thiri to name a few, Just like in the song of famous movies on Saturdays and Sundays is internationally released.” said a
Staff writers: Nandar Aung,
were also among them. hip hot singers Yan Yan Chan with his friends. movie official from JCGV. Lae Phyu Pya Myo Myint,
Furthermore, cinemas along and Thar So, named “Yangon Currently, Thamada cinema The ticket price ranges from Hlaing Kyaw Soe, Myo Satt,
the Sule Pagoda Road in downtown Mandalay Yangon” which lyrics shows only Myanmar movies K1500, K2000, K2500, K3000, Myint Kay Thi, Aung Kyaw Min,
Yangon, which were the pride of are of that although there are and Nay Pyi Taw cinema screens to the highest K8000. 3-D movie Than Naing Soe, Toe Wai Aung
Myanmar Motion Pictures also many movie lovers who want to international movies. Shae tickets cost K1000 more than the Photography: Aung Htay Hlaing,
had to giveway and today, there are watch movies, there are only a few Saung, San Pya, Win cinema and normal price. Aung Myin Ye Zaw, Zarni Phyo,
hotels and shopping malls in places cinemas left in Yangon these days. Mingalar Mini movie theatre JCGV movie cinemas are Nyan Zay Htet, Hlaing Kyaw Soe
of those famous cinemas. Nowadays, Myanmar movies show both foreign and Myanmar opened in Yangon, Mandalay, Cover design: Tin Zaw Htway
“Those cinemas were replaced have to rely on the local television movies. Napyitaw, and Mawlamyaing cities;
by shopping malls, hotels and channels and DVD movies and Eighty percent of Myanmar and there are a total of about 20 Layout design: Khin Zaw
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warehouses. In 1990s, the Ritz they have to survive by showing movie cinemas are owned by the cinemas in operation. c.santiago@mmtimes.com
Cinema which was located on movies at Thwin (cinema) and Mingalar Company Limited. The Whatever the case, although
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Myanmar marionettes in danger of being strung up?
A fading art among locals, though foreigners mesmerised
By Hlaing Kyaw Soe popular again when it attracts the attention of marionette), and Rama-Deer-Hunting scene

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the younger generation.” dance.
arionette expert Daw Ma Ma Naing During peak seasons, the marionette theatre
rues the fact that the traditional Young artistes is filled with foreigners; rest of time the shows
art form today survives on tourism Towards this end, Daw Ma Ma Naing has been are quite empty, with a smattering of people in
while local patronage has rapidly declined, conducting training courses on marionettes the seats.
especially among young people. for young people. She said there are about 40 “The foreigners come, without fail, to learn
“The only support we get is from young marionette artistes who have started the marionette dance. They’re always here. We
foreigners, almost no locals come to watch performing free marionette shows in their don’t have a fixed class fees for teaching them.
marionette shows. In the past, we entertained communities. If you want to watch the dance in the theatres, it
till dawn,” she said. “We are training youths who are interested lasts for about an hour,” said Daw Ma Ma Naing.
Foreigners are not only interested in in puppetry. The youngsters are knowledgeable Entrance fees for foreigners at Myanmar Foreigners learning and practising puppetry performance
watching the Marionette dance, but are also in modern skills, and also know English, so Marionettes Theatre will be increased from at the Myanmar Marionettes Theatre.
 Photo – Hlaing Kyaw Soe
keen to learn the art, she added. I presume they will be able to innovate and K10,000 to K15,000 per person in April.
Daw Ma Ma Naing, who is chairman modernise puppetry,” she said. Different marionette dances will be performed
of Myanmar Puppeteers Association, has “We only have the youths to rely on if we every day, she added. disappear if there are no more people making
established the Myanmar Marionettes want to prevent puppetry from fading away,” she the puppets,” said U Than Nyunt.
Theatre in Mandalay. It is the only theatre added. Free training for aspiring puppet makers It requires five professionals to create
in Mandalay which has daily puppetry Those who are interested in marionette The art of making the marionettes is a marionette – a sculptor, a gild-person,
performances from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. dances can learn the basic moves in about also languishing, according to puppetry a painter, a gold embroidery maker and
Entrance is free for locals at the theatre four or five months. But to be able to create professional U Than Nyunt, and while some a puppet’s joining technician. The most
located on 27th Street between 65th Street stories, like in the olden days, which involves young people are interested in learning how important person is the puppet’s joining
and 66th Street, marionette singing, dancing and speaking, to manipulate the puppets, no one wants to technician.
During peak seasons, the theatre is always requires a couple of years of training in order to make them. Daw Ma Ma Naing said Myanmar
full, mostly with foreigners, who are charged master the art form. Young people who are interested in the people have to lend a hand to preserve their
an entrance fee. Currently, marionettes are dancing and art of making puppets will be taught free of traditional heritage; at the same time make
Daw Ma Ma Naing feels Myanmar people performing one-act plays, in accordance with charge and provided with a monthly stipend, every effort to ensure Myanmar puppetry
have a duty to ensure that the art of Myanmar the times. and they will be taught until they can survive enjoys popularity around the world.
marionette does not disappear. “We’re performing educational marionette on a regular income from the trade. If the younger generation is interested
“It’s a pity the art form is not more valued dances to attract the interest of school children “As there are only a few skilled persons in Myanmar puppetry, and develop respect
by locals. Myanmar people should praise this in puppetry and the art will not disappear.” said who can make puppets, we welcome young and love for the art, it will not disappear, she
traditional heritage as it is renowned over the Daw Ma Ma Naing. people who are interested in this field. We added.
world,” she said. Foreigners are mostly interested in the will provide monthly stipend depending on Translation by Zar Zar Soe, Kyaw Soe Htet
“I think Myanmar marionette will be Thu Nge Daw dance (lively boy with twin-tails their endeavour. Puppetry performances will and Win Thaw Tar
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Ethnic cuisines and distinctive restaurants in Yangon
unusual and attractive. Usually, Malar Hinn is eaten
The café offers many kinds of together with noodles, but white
coffee and is suitable for coffee rice can also be ordered for those
lovers. The prices of coffee ranges who crave it.
from K2,500 to K5,000. It also In addition to Malar, dishes such
offers fresh fruit juices, milk and as fried rice, sweet-and-sour meat,
chocolate drinks. Kung Pao, Pork and bell peppers,
Cakes and desserts which are and stir-fried spicy dried-chicken,
great to go with coffee are available are available there with prices
there. If you want to enjoy some ranging from K4,000 to K12,000.
unique food, I would advise the You can cool your taste-buds off
Bubble Waffle. It is very tasty as it is with Spicy House’s exclusive
crispy, and the waffle is combined Milo Dinosaur drink, and other
with ice-cream and jelly. beverages.
The decoration of the shop is The Spicy House opens from
more attractive in the interior 11am till 9pm and a total of three
section but if you don’t want to sit shops are open and located at
inside, you can sit outside and enjoy Hledan Center, Junction Mawtin,
the food. The opening hours are and at Market Place of 6 1/2 mile.
from 9am to 9pm and it is situated So, make sure to go to your nearest
inside Kandawgyi Natural Park. shop and enjoy an explosion of
  flavours there.
The Spicy House  
This shop will be familiar to those Kokang Kou Fu Restaurant
who love Malar Hinn, which is an The Kokang Kou Fu restaurant
assortment of vegetables and meat is a shop where you can taste the
Exterior of the Yangon bus cafe.  Photo: Zarni Phyo cooked in Mala (spicy Chinese Kokang traditional dishes. The
Sauce). The Spicy House is one of restaurant is adorned with a touch
style healthy salads. sections such as Mon cuisine, Thai the most famous shops in Yangon of the Kokang ethnics’ culture.
By Myo Satt Customers can order from cuisine and seafood. that sells Malar Hinn. A wide variety of dishes can be

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the restaurant’s menu and can The restaurant is most suitable Unlike other shops, the Mala ordered here, because the shop sells
f one would like to have good also inquire from staff on food for those who want to taste new Mon Sauce that is used to prepare their over 260 dishes. The most famous
food, there are many restaurants recommendations. cuisine. As seafood is very tasty dishes contains about 20 different and the most popular dishes at this
in Yangon to choose from. As for drinks, there are a variety when it is fresh, Mawlamyine Swel Chinese spices. shop are mashed potatoes, chicken
However, I would like to list down of cold drinks to choose so one can is the right place for sea food lovers You can order two kinds of cooked with quince fruit, and
some local restaurants which, from choose whichever he or she prefers. as the food is very fresh here. Malar Hinn: the dry type and the steamed pork with flour. Aside from
my own personal experience, offer There are also detox drinks, which Based on my personal type with more gravy (soupy). One Kokang dishes, Chinese culinary
good food and services. remove toxic substances from the experience, Mon-style fried prawns of the positive factors of this shop dishes can be ordered too.
body.  and eel soaked in marian plums is that customers can choose their The “Sakaw Rice” (rice in
Healthy Me Although the restaurant with has a sour taste and is also very preferred side-dishes (vegetables, the center of a bamboo platter
Like the name suggests, this its neat and tidy decorations and delicious. mushrooms, meat, seafood, etc.) to surrounded by other dishes) at this
restaurant sells mainly healthy good service is a good place to relax, This restaurant serves only soft be added into the Malar Hinn. shop is one of the most well-known
Western food and drinks. One the prices are a bit high. Its hours drinks. The restaurant is situated Only the freshest of these raw in Yangon. This dish will initially
can also try the breakfast which are from 9am to 9pm and this at No 36, 3rd Street, Lanmadaw products are used, and they are start with eight different dishes and
it serves in the morning.  The restaurant is situated at 86 Bogyoke Township in Yangon and the service neatly arranged. The cost of the will be arranged according to the
Western breakfast one can Road in Yangon, just across from hours are from 10am until 10pm.  Malar Hinn will vary according quantity of people.
enjoy  are various kinds of toast, the Ruby Mart. This restaurant is suitable to the types and amounts of raw But you cannot just walk in and
garlic bread and poached eggs as   for those who like Mon food and products that you have chosen. order this at any time; a booking
well as delicious oatmeal which are Mawlamyine Swel seafood and the price is also If you are unable to decide what and a pre-order must be done in
made by soaking oats overnight to There are only a few restaurants reasonable. to include, then you can also order advance.
become tender. that sell real tasty Mon cuisine in   a pre-arranged set by the shop. The Kou Fu restaurant opens from
Other foods available at that Yangon and Mawlamyine Swel is Yangon Bus Café price of the set starts from K6,000 10am until 9:30pm and there are
restaurant are foods which are one of them. At this shop customers Yangon Bus Café exists for those for one person. a total of two Kou Fu restaurants:
paired with rice under the name can not only enjoy Mon cuisine but who want to enjoy coffee and snacks Moreover, you can adjust the one inside the Kandawgyi Park, and
Protein Rice Bowl. They also serve also Thai cuisine and a variety of sea in a bus-like environment. A No spiciness of the Malar according to another at Baho Road in Ahlone
foods that mainly include fish, food dishes. 39 bus was decorated as a café and your preference. Those who are not Township.
which are under the Meat Lover So that customers won’t be the display is charming while the fans of very fiery flavours can order  Translation by Win Thaw Tar, Khine
menu, healthy pasta, and Western confused, the menu is divided into interior decoration is also very a non-spicy Malar Hinn.  Thazin Han and Kyaw Soe Htet
Myanmar’s cuisine is as diverse as its people –
this country has 135 races, so one can only imagine
the adventures that await the food lover. As an
introduction of sorts, listed here are some of the
ingredients that make Yangon’s local cuisine unique.
Ingredients
Ngapi
Ngapi is a paste made from salted, fermented fish or shrimp, is considered the
cornerstone of any Burmese meal. It is used in a versatile manner in that it is used in
soup base, in salads, in main dishes and also in condiments. Popular varieties depend on
the region. Ngapi is usually made by fermenting fish or shrimp that is salted and ground
then sun dried. Many variations exist. Ngapi is a generic term which applies only to the YANGON’S
content. Like cheese, it can be distinguished based on main ingredient and regional
origin. Ngapi can be distinguished from the type of fish used to make it. Ngapi can come
from whole fish (such as ngapikaung), from small fish (mhyinngapi) or from prawns.
Ngapi is a main ingredient of Lower Burmese cooking and is used as a condiment or
additive in most dishes. Raw ngapi is not intended for direct consumption.
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Dried shrimp
Dried shrimp are shrimp that have been sun-dried and shrunk to a thumbnail size.
They are used in many Myanmar cuisines, imparting a unique umami taste. A handful FOOD TRAIL
of shrimp is generally used for dishes. The flavors of this ingredient are released when
allowed to simmer.In Burmese cuisine, dried shrimp is called bazun-chauk and is used DOWNTOWN & CHINA TOWN
widely in cooking, such as salads, soups and condiments. It is primarily used along the
coast and coastal ethnic minorities’ cuisines. Toasted whole dry shrimps are used in a FOOD HUNTERS GUIDE
wide variety of Burmese salads such as laphet (fermented tea leaves), tomato and kaffir
lime salads. Shredded dried prawns are used to prepare condiments such as ngapikyaw
and balachaungkyaw. Dried shrimp is also used as stock for Burmese thin soups.

Glutinous rice
Glutinous ricecalled kaukhnyin,Sticky rice is also very popular. Sticky rice is mostly
used in most of Myannmar snacks especially in hilly regions like shan, kayah. A purple
variety known as ngacheik , is commonly a breakfast dish for Myanmar. Sticky rice is
not generally eaten as the main component of a complete meal with curry dishes and If you’re on this Downtown & Chinatown
a soup.Sticky rice in the lowlands is the basis for the creation of various snacks and
desserts. food trail, it’s all within walking distance
Laphet or a short taxi ride away. At peak hours,
Lahpet, also spelled laphet, lephet, letpet, or leppet in English is Burmese for fermented
or pickled tea. Burma is one of very few countries where tea is eaten as well as drunk.
Its pickled tea is unique in the region, and is not only regarded as the national delicacy
it’s better to walk, given the gridlocks
but plays a significant role in Burmese society. Its place in the cuisine of Myanmar is
reflected by the following popular expression: “Of all the fruit, the mango’s the best; of
that can happen. From great hawker
all the meat, the pork’s the best; and of all the leaves, lahpet’s the best”. In the West,
laphet is most commonly encountered in tea leaf salad. fare to interesting restaurants, this food
Bamboo shoots or bamboo sprouts trail brings you some of the best in My-
Bamboo shoots or bamboo sprouts are the edible shoots (new bamboo culms that
come out of the ground) of many bamboo species including Bambusa vulgaris and anmar fare. And who knows, as you walk,
Phyllostachysedulis. They are used in numerous Myanmar dishes and broths. They are
sold in various processed shapes, and are available in fresh, dried, and canned versions. you might just discover your very own
In Burma (Myanmar), bamboo shoots are called myahait. They can be used in a soup
called myahaithcaut tar la bot. The preparation of this dish generally follows three favourite Myanmar food stop amongst
steps. At first the bamboo shoots are collected from a bamboo forest (called warr taw in
Burmese). Bamboo can be found in the whole of Myanmar but the bamboo shoots from the thousands of outlets that dot Down-
the two northernmost regions (Kachin State and Sagaing Region) are soft and good in
taste. The bamboo shoots are then boiled in water after which they can be cooked with town and Chinatown.
curry powder, rice powder etc. One of the most famous dishes in Burmese cuisine is a
sour bamboo shoot curry called myahaithkyainhainn, a specialty of Naypyidaw in central
Burma.
2 Bane Mont 3 Nan Gyi Noodle
Ye Kyaw Burmese Pan Cake

1 Inle Style Curry Pack

8 Khaw Pote 17 Rakhine Mont T

15 Burmese Tea 17
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18
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16 Kachin Style Chicken 11 12 10

18 Green Tea Salad

14 Pork Sticky Rice
12 Keema Parata

13 Inle Mixed Sour Fish & Rice
4 Burmese Delight

5 Fried Chicken with
Mohinga 6 various style rice

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1 9

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7

15
16
3
7 Biryani

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5 4

11 Soy Bean Cold Drink

9 Kachin Beef Chop

Mawlamyaing Style
10 Rice and Curry
Famous Places
Bogyoke Market
Bogyoke Market or Bogyoke Aung San Market is formerly known as Scott’s
Market and it is a major bazaar in downtown area of Yangon city. It is
located in Pabedan Township. Because of its colonial architecture, this
market is one of the tourist attractions in Yangon.
Thein Gyi Zay(Market)
Zay means Market in Burmese. This market was built in 1905 and also a
major bazaar, located in Latha township. You won’t see so much food here.
But this place is one of the biggest markets in Myanmar.
Chinatown
Chinatown in Yangon is a nice place to get some good food and drink.
This comes alive at evening and till midnight. Many restaurants and bars
open there and color the night life. Many kinds of fresh fruits are sold near
Chinese temple.
Yangon Night Market
Yangon night market or Kwee Phyo night market is located on Strand road.
The market has a really long length along the road and opens from 5pm
to 11pm. You can find a small night market near MaharBandoola park too.
Most of the vendors in Yangon are opening their stalls here.
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The lure of
Inya Lake
A haven for
romantic couples
and local snacks
enthusiasts
Food stalls along the bank of Inya lake.  Photo: Zarni Phyo

By Myint kay thi the embankment. There are also she visits the bank of the Inya Lake Whether the popularity is because Although the prices of the food

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huge shady trees along the bank of to have some snacks at the stalls of the taste of the snacks or because in Inya Lake are above-average
nya Lake is the largest lake the lake where families can have with them. of the location of the shops is because of its location and the
in Yangon and is a popular picnics under these trees.   “When I meet with my friends, anybody’s guess. scenery that it provides, many feel
recreational area for Yangonites If we go to Inya Lake early in we usually have snacks. It is easy “After I finish my class, I they are reasonable.
and a famous location for romance. the morning, we can see people to gather friends here. And we can sometimes go there with my “I also come here sometimes
Known as Inya Kan Baung (Inya exercising individually or in groups. walk to be relaxed after having friends. I love the tempura fritters. with my friends and play my
Lake embankment), it is one of the The place is more crowded in the snacks. I feel this place is more Although it’s quite expensive, it’s guitar and sing songs. Here is very
famous places in Yangon and is said evening than in the morning. comfortable than other places. worth it,” said Ma Thandar Lwin. pleasant in the evenings,” said Ko
to be a place not to miss visiting as “The number of visitors is more That’s why I come here,” she said. “If you mention Inya, the Phyo Myat Min.
teenagers tease each other that they than normal in the evening rush There are many fried snack tempuras and pork sticks will pop “We usually eat pork sticks.
are not modern youths if they have hour and weekends,” according to a shops at Inya Lake. Once you enter up in your mind. As people keep Here it is a bit expensive than other
never been there. food stall seller. the Inya Lake Park from the side of talking about them, I went there places but it is worth it. Staying on
Many composers mention of Along with the lure of Inya Lake, Yangon Institute Economics, your on purpose to try them out. There’s the bank is very relaxing,” he said.
Inya Lake in their songs as the lake the food stalls on the bank of the first sight will be the fried snack also the Min Street Mont Tee (rice The people who come to Inya Kan
has pleasant surroundings, while lake are also popular. Although the shops. These shops prepare their noodles in a peppery soup) shop,” Baung enjoy spending their leisure
quite a number of Myanmar movies prices of foods from these stalls snacks early in the morning so as said Ko Soe Min. time in the evening. But vacant benches
have scenes of Inya Lake and its are slightly more expensive than to be able to cater to customers Inya Lake and its surroundings on Inya Kan Baung are very rare as they
surrounding environment. other parts of Yangon, people still throughout the day. are a favourite places for couples, are always occupied with couples from
Inya Lake is surrounded by go there. An employee from a fried snack and the benches on the bank of Inya morning to until evening.
Pyay road, Parami road, Kabar “Although I don’t often go to Inya shop said that their employer, who Lake are always occupied with young “In our shop, the evening is the
Aye pagoda road and Inya road, Lake, I visit it sometimes. I like started doing this business since lovebirds even under the hot sun. most crowded time with customers,
the famous Yangon University and walking on the bank of the Lake Inya Lake became popular, has “The park is not big enough. young people as well as families.
Yangon Institute of Economics. after having Mote Tee (rice noodles expanded their business by opening But the couples go there,” said Ko Some people come here on their
So, the lake is always crowded with in a peppery soup) at the Min Street up two more branches. Soe Min, who used to be a frequent birthdays,” said a worker at a
people and a popular rendezvous Mote Tee shop. I think we can get As all walks of life come to Inya visitor there during his childhood restaurant on Inya Kan Baung.
for student couples from Yangon fresh air there. I usually go there in Lake every day from the morning, days. Apart from the restaurants and
University. the evenings,” said Ma Yamin Ei, a the food stalls have to be prepared “When I was young, I went there stalls, vendors selling sandwiches
The appeal of Inya Lake is that company employee. to sell snacks and foods from 8am and had fun with my friends. Now, and ice-cream will occasionally
people can walk on its embankment She said that sometimes when until evening. Fried snacks from I only go there on the days like New appear, too.
feeling the gentle breeze of the lake she feels exhausted after a long day’s Inya Lake, especially Butee Kyaw Year Days, or when I feel like going Translation by Khine Thazin Han, Win
and also relax on the green grass of work and feels like meeting friends, (Gourd Fritter), are very famous. there.” Thaw Tar, Kyaw Soe Htet and Emoon
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A fiesta of colours and bargains –
The Night Market

Visitors scroll among the food stalls at the new night market.  Photo: Aung Myin Ye Zaw

It is often the heart and soul of a city, the vibrant presence of vendors, food and
local colours at night markets. Aung Kyaw Min discovers why Myanmar’s night
markets are on the rise.

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he new night market From what was a total of 6000 Sometimes when checks 11th street, Lanmadaw Township, and that too attracts tourists,
on Kannar main road street vendors in Yangon city, at are conducted by enforcement notes that the markets which once despite the absence of clothes
(formerly known as Strand present this new night market can authorities, it is discovered that disappeared and have reemerged stalls,” confirmed tourist guide U
Road) along the Yangon River gets only accommodate just about 1600 vendors re-rent or sell their stalls during the tenure of the present Kyaw Kyaw Soe who brings in the
crowded with long queues of people. vendors. which are originally allocated for leadership, still has much to do tourists after viewing the sunset at
The night market and its stalls are After organising the number particular vendors or owners. On and improve the market to make it the jetty. “It is good to walk among
crowded early evening onwards not of street vendors in downtown the days when one fails to open the into a better quality night market, the stalls but it is too narrow.”  U
only with government employees Yangon, an area of four feet by stall, there is someone else using like the ones in neighbouring Kyaw Kyaw Soe did note that food
and office workers but also with eight feet was allocated to each that stall. countries. In the past when night quality, while generally good could
visitors looking for bargains. vendor free of charge who were When the night market was markets were popular, the famous be improved with better hygiene
This night market spans four then allowed to sell at the new first opened there were some ones were those near Bogyoke standards such as protecting food
townships that include Pabedan, night market. vendors who complained that the Aung San market, Myay Ni Gone from dust from the roadside.
Kyauktada, Latha and Lanmadaw Although this new night market allocations were not fair but the night market and Kyi Myin Taing YCDC Secretary Daw Hlaing
downtown. is not built in an open space like situation is slowly improving. night market. All of which are no Maw Oo agrees. Vendors, she said,
The new night market was a typical market or a night open To meet demands and to reduce longer in operation except for Kyi will be trained on better hygiene
built a few months back under the market but beside a main road, traffic congestions, plans to open Myin Taing night market that is and skills preparation, and those
direction of Yangon Region Chief electrical wiring for lighting a second night market on 52nd struggling to survive. vendors who do not attend such
Minister, U Phyo Min Thein and is and water drainage pipes were street in Pazundaung Township It is said that night markets in training will be prohibited from
being managed by the Yangon City systematically installed by the is underway. The new night other regions usually set up stalls operating stalls.
Development Committee. Regional Government. market will have approximately selling traditional food and clothes “In upgrading, we need to
As traffic jams were becoming a Garbage collection is also 130 stalls. Select vendors selling to attract tourists.  However the upgrade in quality. We have a plan
problem for city dwellers, Yangon arranged to collect the waste products along the downtown Strand Road night market is not to upgrade the knowledge of all
Region Government in an attempt products from the stalls after sales areas, including Anawrahta Road, being set up for that purpose vendors. We have no plan to move
to solve these traffic jams planned hours. CCTV cameras and mobile Maha Bandoola Road, Botahtaung presently, as priority is being them away. The plan is only to
the new night market which was toilets are conveniently located Pagoda Road and Bo Myat Tun given to solving the traffic jam. upgrade their level. Later, there
officially launched on November 23, to make the night markets more Road will be invited to open up “Later, this night market will be are plans to link the Strand Road
2016.   user-friendly and safe. stalls in the new night market. modernised with developments night market area up to Bogyoke
This night market is not only aimed A former multi-grill shop However, as 52nd Street is situated done stage by stage,” said Yangon market,” she added.
at providing trading space for owner at the corner of 13th street in Pazundaung Township vendors City Development Committee Night markets are popular
vendors but also to manage Yangon’s Ko Thet Paing said: “For now our from that township will get (YCDC) Secretary Daw Hlaing tourism attractions around the
growing night life and to lessen biggest problem is space, narrow priority when space allocations are Maw Oo. world and Myanmar wants to
traffic jams.  stalls with not much room and made. Though, the Yangon City Tour guides have observed that capitalise on this as part of the
The night market operates daily consequently poor sales. The good Development Committee (YCDC) it is an interesting experience tourism infrastructure. “Opening
from 3pm to 11pm and fishmongers, news is I saw an announcement to has not yet set the exact date to for tourists to wander around the a floating market on the river bank
greens and groceries vendors are collect taxes for water, electricity launch the night market, they are stalls, taking in the sights and is in the pipeline for the future.
permitted to market their produce and garbage starting from this working fast to get the project off sounds. “For now only traditional But for now we developing the
only between 6am to 11am and are month. It is good. We don’t need to the ground as quickly as possible. food, fruit and delicacies are project in stages,” said Daw Hlaing
not allowed to sell in the evenings. give other taxes.” U Tint San, a resident from being traded by stall vendors Maw Oo.
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Take a bite
of Mandalay
Mandalay not only a trove
of Myanmar culture but
a place with variety of
eclectic cuisines
Interior decoration of the DAB restaurant in Mandalay.  Photo: Than Naing Soe

By Than Naing Soe what it calls Today’s Special. It is located at Ngu War Street, 2pm, while traditional Myanmar is mixed with lychee and then

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  Drinks are also aplenty – fruit between 67th and 68th street, near rice and curry dishes (including cooked in hot oil with plum essence.
yanmar’s ancient capital juices, milkshakes, cocktails plus the Mandalar Thiri Stadium, which chicken, pork, beef, mutton and Although somewhat sourish, it has
is a treasure trove of sorts a variety of foreign liquor and beer was one of the venues for the 2013 fish), are available from noon to a rich taste.
— not only is it a reservoir such as Myanmar Premium and Southeast Asian Games. evening.  There is also a range of Guests at the floating hotel and
of culture, manifested in a great Heineken. Some of the popular Western tasty Chinese and Thai appetisers to restaurant will enjoy a cool breeze
number of pagodas, monasteries Vanilla Garden Restaurant, dishes served here are the choose from.     from the Ayeyarwady River and
and tea houses, and has scenic situated on 31th street between 65th Australian beef, Japanese beef,   view the sunset near Gaw Wein jetty
landscapes, it also offers varied and and 66th street, Pyi Gyi Myat Shin, toothfish and salmon, as well as Karaweik floating hotel – stuffed along the riverside.
eclectic cuisines.  Chan Aye Thar Zan Township and hamburgers and sandwiches. chicken Every evening from 7 pm to 9
Visitors to Mandalay are known for its wonderful ambience, The menu lists about 20 kinds of The hotel’s signature dish is the pm, guests are entertained with
spoilt for choice when it comes to can accommodate up to 400 people Western food. Karaweik style chicken curry. The exciting programs such as puppet
food. Restaurants not only serve at any one time. So it makes an That’s not all. Myanmar dishes chicken is stuffed with preserved shows, U Shwe Yoe and Daw Moe
traditional dishes but also Chinese, ideal venue for wedding receptions, are also offered here. Dishes such egg, leek and beet root, and then dances, and traditional Myanmar
Indian, Japanese, Korean and birthday parties and social get- as koh taung mont tee, Mandalay wrapped in cloth and steamed.  The Chinlone (cane ball) shows.
European cuisines. togethers. mont tee, mohinga, koe kant meat is later fried. Translation by Win Thaw Tar, Khine
The Myanmar Times checks Those who wish to enjoy their noodle, steamed duck noodle Other special dishes include Thazin Han, San Layy, Kyaw Soe Htet
out some exciting eateries in and meals in privacy can request soup, and steamed duck noodle- fried kalian (Chinese kale) and and Emoon
around the city. for private rooms that can salad, can be ordered from 7am to shrimp with lychee. The shrimp
accommodate up to 20 people. 
Yoon Khin Khin – popular Customers can also request for
authentic Myanmar and oriental singers to entertain them while they
food dine. Strains of classical songs and
For breakfast, check out Yoon Khin harp and xylophone music complete
Khin for authentic Myanmar dishes the ambience at this restaurant.
and other oriental food, especially  
delicious dim sum. Hotel Dingar – breads and cakes
The cooks prepare some 40 Mandalay has very few hotels that
types of dim sum dishes, mostly bake European-style cakes and
with chicken, pork, fish, prawn, breads at separate stations; Hotel
crab, squid and other seafood – and Dingar can boast such a station to
served with aromatic green tea. bake its European-style breads and
Guests can enjoy their meals cakes, which it touts as hygienic and
amidst a serene atmosphere as the suitable for diabetics.
restaurant is surrounded by lush The breads and cakes at
greens including rain trees, Eugenia this hotel are not as tender as
trees and persimmon trees. Myanmar customers prefer but
Located in a quiet quarter their European style “roughness” is
next to Shwe Naing Ngan Hotel, popular with foreigners.
in Chan Aye Thar Zan Township, The favourite among customers,
the spacious restaurant can however, is the pizza which is
accommodate up to about 12 people available with a selection of meats,
as a group. seafood, vegetables and condiments.
Besides dim sum, Yoon Khin The pizza is freshly made and
Khin’s menu has a variety of other served warm.
food, like kauk nyin (glutinous rice) The plus points at Hotel Dingar
and fried snacks, different kinds is its location and views it affords
of pauk si (Chinese dumpling), of the Shan Mountain range on
mohinga and kaw yay khauk swe. the east of Mandalay’s moat and
Beverages and fresh fruit juices fortress wall and Sagaing Mountain
are also served for breakfast. ranges on the west. You will find the
In addition to breakfast, hotel on 35th Street, between 72nd
authentic Myanmar cuisines and street and 73rd Street, Mahar Aung
Chinese dishes are also available Myay Township.
throughout the day. As meals are served both on
  the ground level and top level of
Vanilla Garden Restaurant – the hotel, diners get to enjoy a
savoury Asian and Western food panoramic view of the city.
The restaurant offers an elaborate  
spread of cuisines – some 50 types DAB Restaurant – Western
of European food and over 100 delicacies If Western cuisine is
Asian dishes – for customers to pick your preferred choice when in
and choose. There menu also offers Mandalay, head to DAB Restaurant.
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Long before hipster and modern cafes made coffee and tea enjoyment
a popular pastime all over the world, the people of Myanmar have been
enjoying the fruits of high-quality coffee beans and traditionally brewed teas.

Myanmar’s coffee and
tea regain popularity.
By Toe Wai Aung is methylxanthine, also called One can enjoy both traditional,

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caffeine, which stimulates the handmade tea as well as foreign-
offee, which is not a new nervous system. The content of made instant coffee and tea at these
industry for Myanmar, caffeine in coffee beans is around tea shops.
was first introduced by the one to two per cent. The other Traditional handmade tea,
British in the 1800s.  contents include hydroxycitric acid, priced between K200 and K500
With a terrain of tropical chromium and bitter orange which per cup, is made by steaming
lowlands in the south and high can increase body metabolism up to and grinding tea leaves before
elevation plateaus in the north, 30 per cent. placing them in a water filter and
good soil and lots of rainfall, According to international submerging them into boiling water.
conditions in Myanmar are optimal medical experts, the onset of Sugar and condensed milk are then
for coffee production. Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s added to the drink.
Coffee beans are plucked disease, dementia, heart disease, “Tea tastes better if it grows on
from coffee trees which are about diabetes mellitus type 2, cirrhosis of high mountains. There are three
three years old. The coffee beans the liver and gout can be reduced by kinds of tea - Shwe Phe, Kha Kant
which are currently trading in drinking coffee. and Hnin Tat. We rotationally get
local markets are mostly Arabica Myanmar people mostly good quality tea with the support
beans which come from the Chin enjoy instant coffee as a form of nature in each season,” said U
and Shan states which are in of refreshment at street stands. Pyay Nyein, manager of Nagar Pyan
the northwest and northeast of Although the average cup of coffee Dried Tea Leaves Enterprise. Coffee powder packed at Su coffee shop in Hledan.  Photo: Nyan Zay Htet
Myanmar. costs K2,000 to 3,800 at major “We produce sweet dried tea
According to Daw Nyunt Nyunt foreign coffee chains – about 10 by drying the plucked tea leaves While some tea shops maintain “These tea variations are really
Oo, owner of “Su” coffee powder to 20 times what people pay at before they lose water. They can the quality of their offerings and popular among the tea-drinkers:
shop, many locals and foreigners the stands – most shops are still be used well within two years after take care to prepare their beverages Cho Saint(sweet & creamy), Kya
prefer Myanmar coffee powder over enjoying brisk business. production. They can also be used the traditional way, tea lovers Saint (strong and creamy), Pawt
the many emerging instant coffee A recent wave of foreign coffee for long term depending on the bemoan the fact that an increasing Kya(strong and less sweet), Cho
brands in the market.  chains including Black Canyon preservation,” he said. number of shops are taking short Pawt(less sweet), Pawt Saint(less
“Su” coffee powder shop began Coffee and True Coffee have opened U Pyay Nyein said dye used to cuts by selling instant-steamed teas sweet and creamy), Kyauk Padaung,
its business in Yangon in 1973 and in Myanmar and is changing the be added to pickled tea leaves some which are of inferior quality. Pone Nhar, and Ma Kho,” said Ko
enjoys a good reputation as the local food culture, giving many eight years ago, but after discussions “Nowadays, the quality of tea has Zar Ni Tun.
coffee beans are ground only when locals a new look at the brew. between food safety organisations, declined as most of the teashops, “When you sit down at a teashop,
a customer purchases coffee powder. The foreign chains, with their the use of dyes were stopped. due to insufficient workers, are you would order the tea variation
Daw Nyunt Nyunt Oo expanded diverse menus and sophisticated When Myanmar was under selling instant-steamed tea, instead that suits your taste, as a test for the
her business to offer instant three- service, are growing in popularity British rule, Bombay Burma of the traditional step-by-step skill of the tea-master there.
in-one products at the end of 2015, as the country’s middle and upper Company established a factory in brewed tea,” said U Nay Than Soe, “But now, whatever you order,
but said pure coffee powder still classes are growing. Namsan of northern Shan States in Nagar Pyan Branch Manager of the taste is the same and thus you
remains one of the most popular Australian coffee chain Gloria 1937 to produced tea leaves (sweet) Mingalar Taungnyunt Township. have to either add light green tea, or
products especially among those Jean’s Coffees also opened its first and green tea leaves. These tea The instant method ask for black tea, and have to brew
who appreciate handmade coffee. shop in Myanmar. It has said it leaves were exported to India and compromises on the taste, and the tea by yourself for the variation
At present, there are many plans to open another eight outlets England. isn’t as healthy for consumers, he you want.
brands of coffee in the local market soon. Tea is now planted on claimed. “For those who really love tea, we
such as Shwepuzun, Shweyinmar, But Myanmar’s traditional tea mountainous regions, and is A tea lover from South Okkalapa have to be satisfied with drinking
Lonestar, Pot Pot, Arnandar, Rich, shops are still doing brisk business, planted either by sowing the seeds, Township, Ko Zar Ni Tun, said low quality tea now,” he said.
Shwe La Won and Premier. and have recently enjoyed a revival planting the young tea plants, or there are many tea variations to suit Translation by Win Thaw Tar, San Layy,
The main content in coffee in popularity. by grafting. different preferences. Khine Thazin Han and Kyaw Soe Htet
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Let’s Raise
A Glass,
Myanmar 
Myanmar’s after work
crowds and young people are
changing the watering holes in
search of that relaxing drink,​
while energy drinks and colas
are gaining popularity too.
The Myanmar Times unwinds
trying out a tipple after work. With lifestyle options changing and liquor and beverage market growing, more are turning to drinks

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yanmar’s chattering Alas for alcoholics they drink Kyaw Min, says that he usually tired, or she wishes to drink soft drink and MGS Company that
classes are in high spirits the cheaper spirits rather than drinks M-150 energy drink when something that she doesn›t drink produces Stat Cola soft drink.
these days. The local whiskeys. They cannot afford the either travelling or at work. He all the time. She then, like most The soft and aerated drinks
public house or pub, or better still, better quality ones as they are also drinks the formerly famous of her generation, coolly reaches market in Myanmar is thriving. 
beer station as the locals prefer to constantly drinking and emptying ‘Lippo’ brand as well. “I just feel out for Coca Cola. Or other fizzy With lifestyle options changing,
call it are picking up business as their wallets. These people face this drink energises me. So I drink drinks from Thailand. more and more people want to try
after work crowds make a beeline health problems as the quality and it every time when I›m feeling tired, Myanmar has soft drink these drinks, and Myanmar’s liquor
for these watering holes to unwind the cleanliness of their alcohols or just stressed out,” he adds. companies such as Loi Hein and beverage market is growing,
and catch up on the local gossip. leaves a lot to be desired. For Ma Zin Mar she says Company that produces Blue catering to a new generation while
At the same time, the soft drinks But the consumption of poor that she chooses to drink these Mountain soft drink, Pin Ya convincing the older it is time to
market is gaining popularity as quality alcohol is now on the wane beverages only when she is feeling Company that produces Max Plus expand their beverage options.
well. and the youths relaxing at the pubs
Pricey beer stations where not choose to drink whiskey.
only drinks are served but also A restaurant owner from Insein
live entertainment is performed Township, Daw Htay, observes
are equally getting popular for a that majority of people who visit
handful of Myanmar’s up market her restaurant consume the
working crowd. But it is the RC whiskey or the Grand Royal
smaller pubs that are seeing a whiskey. “The people who can
swell of business and patronage. afford the expensive liquors are
In smaller suburban streets and rare. There is almost no one who
neighbourhoods, quaint and less orders high-quality spirits. You
informal joints which sell liquor only see it a few times,” she says.
are usually more crowded then the But for those who are not hard
high level restaurants and beer liquor consumers they choose
stations in the city. beer instead. The exclusive
With different brands and and expensive whiskies with
variedly priced liquors and prices ranging from K5000 up to
beverages listed on the menu, it K100,000 are popular among the
caters to different budgets that up market circles. These liquors do
even the poorer working classes little damage to the body and can
can spend their evenings here. even be beneficial if you drink it in
“Normally, I choose the ‘RC’ moderation.
(Royal Club) whiskey. It doesn›t But aside from liquors there
give you a hangover, and the price are many kinds of beverages
is affordable. But, when I have circulating in the market that
more cash, and would like to spend will cool and quench your thirst.
the evening with my friends and There are many drinks that are
colleagues, I drink the blue label, locally produced as well as foreign
which is ‘Grand Royal’. I meet up made brands. Take the energy
with my friends at these joints to drink, it is a hit among a majority
while away the evenings” explains of consumers, and there are many
25-year-old Ko Than Naing about variations available to cater to
his choice of liquors and his place their demands.
to hangout. “Usually, I drink energy drinks
 The Royal Club whiskey that is such as ‘Shark’, preferable to
consumed by many of the working other beverages. I regularly take
classes costs about K900 for four it especially when I am exhausted
shots. Described as having a from travelling, stressed from
mellow flavour and with no side working all day or when I sweat
effects such as hangovers the too much. These drinks energies
next day, it is understandable why me so I drink them,” says Ko Thein
many people prefer this brand. Naing, who travels a lot to rural
 The people have to choose regions due to his job demands.
liquors that they can afford. A company staff member, Ko
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