In all Myanmar villages you’ll find lots of tea houses: places where you can drink green tea… for free !!! (all tables have their own tea pot), eat something no matter at what time, and find Burmese people who spend their afternoon there, chatting with their friends while having tea (to spend several hours at the tea house seems to be one of the local costums, so we did it during our Myanmar trip, and it’s worthly!).
How to recognize them:
There are 2 types of tea houses: some are in the middle of the street or in the middle of nowhere. Suddenly you’ll see lots of mini plastic coloured tables with its mini coloured baby size chairs, with a tea pot on each table. It is a tea house: a cheap place to eat something -or just to have a rest while having free tea- as burmese do. The burmese version of the terraces of my country 🙂
The other ones look more like a restaurant, with adult size tables and chairs -less attractive to my eyes-, protected of the rain -no terrace any more-, locals talking or watching TV (yes, some big tea houses have big and new TVs), and with a tea pot on each table.
Food is amazing in those places, and quite cheap (you can have a complete meal for more or less 400 kyats (around forty cents), no drink included but tea).
Another tradition in Myanmar is street food, and we love this tradition: for less than 0,30 € we have eaten a soup and a delicious fish noodle in the middle of the street! Really cheap, tasty and quick. There’s lots of different meals you can taste, all of them served in small plastic bags if it’s to take away or served right there in front of the «kitchen». The only issue is that in each «kitchen» or street food place, there’s only place for 2-4 people, and sometimes you can find a fly in your meal… Experienced… But luckily not so often 😉
Here you’ve some meals you can get in the street (note that this is only a small selection of all the available options! )
Other nice options are tofu chips (perfect as a snack), dried prawns biscuits, fried dried fish, etc, all dried food you can imagine (and loooots of fish options) due to the lack of fridges.
Enjoy your meal! 🙂