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MYANMAR: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON PARTS UNKNOWN

The great Anthony Bourdain left his mark everywhere he went. When his death was announced to the world in June 2018, media throughout the globe chimed in and listed all the great things he had done for their respective city, town, province, country. Whereas before, tourists would shy away from exotic foods, thanks to him, travellers now go the extra mile to find and try local bites. With this in mind, here are all the restaurants Bourdain visited and the dishes he tasted when he shot Anthony Bourdain Myanmar for his show, Parts Unknown Season 1 Episode 1 (originally aired April 14, 2013):

READ MORE: MY IMPRESSIONS OF MYANMAR, THE UNTOUCHED DESTINATION (PART TWO)

DISH – Mohinga

WHAT IS IT?

Mohinga is a rice noodle soup with a fish base. Fried beans, coriander leaves and lime form part of its main ingredients. Mohinga is widely considered as Myanmar’s national dish.

WHERE IS IT?

Seit Tine Kya
Ma Po Street
Yangon, Myanmar

ANTHONY BOURDAIN MYANMAR NOTES

Seit Tine Kya primarily serves black, Indian-style tea, often with a thick dollop of sweetened condensed milk. It also serves traditional Burmese pastries and mohinga.

READ MORE: MY IMPRESSIONS OF BURMA, THE UNTOUCHED DESTINATION (PART ONE)

DISH – Thoke

WHAT IS IT?

In Myanmar, salads are called “thoke” and can come in many different kinds. There’s pig head salad with kaffir lime leaf. Long bean salad with sesame and fish sauce is also common in Myanmar. Then there’s pennywort salad and a salad of Indian-style samosa.

WHERE IS IT?

Feel Myanmar Food
124 Pyihtaungsu Street
Yangon, Myanmar

ANTHONY BOURDAIN MYANMAR NOTES

Feel Myanmar Food has several locations in Myanmar and the one on Pyihtaungsu Street offers outdoor seating.

DISH – Prawn Curry

WHAT IS IT?

Burmese prawn curry highlights prawns from the river and tomatoes.

WHERE IS IT?

Min Lan Seafood Restaurant
16 Parami Road, Mayangone Township
Yangon, Myanmar

ANTHONY BOURDAIN MYANMAR NOTES

Min Lan Seafood Restaurant is a bustling seafood house in Yangon known for its fresh fish and other seafood treats. Here, Anthony Bourdain was acquainted to the quirky Burmese habit of making a kissing or smooching sound to attract the attention of waiters.

DISH – Lahpet Thoke

WHAT IS IT?

Lahpet Thoke is the famous fermented tea leaves salad of Myanamar. Cabbage, tomatoes and roasted peanuts are mixed with the fermented tea leaves. The mix is then seasoned with lime and fish sauce.

WHERE IS IT?

Morning Star Tea House
Saya San Road
Yangon, Myanmar

ANTHONY BOURDAIN MYANMAR NOTES

The Morning Star Tea House on Saya San Road is not just frequented for its tea. It is also famous for its Lahpet Thoke.

DISH – Yangon Street Food

WHAT IS IT?

Street food choices in Yangon, Myanmar are often either fried or grilled, such as grilled tofu and barbecued pig’s tail.

WHERE IS IT?

Kaung Myat Restaurant
19th Street
Yangon, Myanmar

ANTHONY BOURDAIN MYANMAR NOTES

19th Street in Yangon transforms into a street food market at night, and Kaung Myat Restaurant is one of the popular stalls there.

DISH – Chicken Curry

WHAT IS IT?

Myanmar’s take on chicken curry involves slow-simmering the dish. It is then often served with a side of sour soup made from Roselle leaves. Of course, expect an assortment of relishes to go with it – ground chili and pickled bean sprouts to name a couple.

WHERE IS IT?

Sarabha Restaurant
Taunghi Village of the Nyaung Oo Township
Old Bagan, Myanmar

ANTHONY BOURDAIN MYANMAR NOTES

Sarabha Restaurant is a roadside eatery in Old Bagan.