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Taste of Myanmar: Shan Noodle

One of the most exciting parts about traveling is being able to experience delicious delicacies from around the world.  Myanmar offers the intrepid traveler an array of unique culinary delights that will tantalize your taste-buds. One of these options is Shan noodles. Shan noodles hail from Shan state, the country’s largest region and home to favorite traveler stopovers including Kalaw, Hsipaw and Inle Lake.  Because the dish is well-loved throughout the country, it is available almost anywhere but with slight regional variations.  So, as you eat your way through Myanmar, be sure to try this dish at a local restaurant for a tasty and authentic experience.

As the namesake states, Shan noodles are a dish comprised of flat rice noodles that are bathed in chicken broth and sprinkled with crushed peanuts and chopped tomatoes and seasoned with exotic spices.  As rice is a staple of the local diet, these noodles are typically available throughout the day and are sometimes treated as a mid-morning or afternoon snack.  They are served in a bowl with chopsticks and eaten with abandonment. Don’t be shy about ordering more than one bowl! Also, be sure to try the Shan tofu alongside your noodles. Shan tofu is unique because it is made with chickpea flour and is quite soft. It has a very mellow and nutty taste and is served with a delicious dipping sauce.

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If you are in Yangon, you can find authentic Shan noodles at 999 Shan Noodles and Aung Mingalar Shan Noodles. Feel Myanmar is also a great place to get your Shan noodles fix and they have several locations throughout the country. Of course, for a truly memorable experience, make the journey to Shan State itself and experience not only this delicious local dish but also breathtaking scenery and genuine, local hospitality.

If you’re curious to try this dish before your travels and can’t find a Burmese restaurant, then you can always put on your apron and whip up your own Shan noodles at home. Below is a full list of ingredients:

For 4 Serves:

  • 2 pounds Tomatoes – slit a cross-shape just through the skin with a sharp knife, at the bottom of each tomato
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 3 tablespoon Soy Sauce (adjust to taste)
  • 3 tablespoon Oil
  • 8 cloves of Garlic – crushed or finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 4 teaspoons Red Chili Powder (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 teaspoon Fish Sauce (adjust to taste)

 

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh Vietnamese Flat Rice Stick Noodle (Banh Pho)
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Peanuts – coarsely grounded
  • 4 teaspoons Soy Sauce (adjust to taste)

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