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Mohinga – Myanmar’s Hearty and Tasty Fish Soup

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A Myanmar tour itinerary would be considered incomplete if one does not try its colorful, tasty and often healthy food.  One of the most popular of these foods and a definite must-try is Mohinga.

Mohinga is a fish soup with rice vermicelli noodles and is considered as the country’s national dish.  It is usually eaten as a breakfast meal; however Mohinga can be eaten at any time of the day.

This soup is readily available throughout the country with roadside stalls and street hawkers selling ready to eat Mohinga.  Some Mohingas contain freshwater fish such as catfish, carp or butterfish while areas near the sea tend to use saltwater fish.

Each region, city, town and even restaurant prepares Mohinga differently.  The reason could be preference or availability of certain ingredients.  There are so many differences that many of the cooks have a sign stating their name and origins, thus indicating to the public what kind of Mohinga is being served.  Some add coconut milk to enhance the aroma and flavor while others add more fish paste.  The main type of Mohinga is found in the south, where fresh fish is more readily available.

The cooked broth is kept boiled because the dish is best consumed while it is hot.  Mohinga is usually accompanied with a colorful array of other foods such as tempura in the form of fried sliced gourd, fried onions, fish cakes and boiled eggs.  Fresh or dried chili, lime or chopped green coriander leaves may also be added the dish as condiments.

Why not try Mohinga on your Myanmar trip?  You can enjoy this hearty soup during breakfast at your hotel or during lunch at a local restaurant while uncovering the diverse history and culture of Yangon on our Full Day Yangon City Tour.  Of course, there is much more to Myanmar than Yangon.  The country is just opening up to the world and there are many fascinating destinations to be discovered.  Take an enchanting journey through jade lakes, golden plains, bustling city streets and majestic pagodas with our thorough The Very Best of Myanmar tour.  You can also see our suggested Myanmar tours page for other memorable trips in the mystical and charming country.

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