will be in luang probang..then myamar mandalay bagan inle lake yangon would appreciate advice regarding places to chow..thanks all
A few recent posts on Myanmar - maybe a good place to start as I don't think it changes that much.
As I'm English and still refer to Myanmar as Burma (which confused some Latvian guy I met) I went last year and posted this on a Burma thread, so you may want to search using Burma as well as Myanmar.
"Just got back from Burma yesterday.
I mainly ate at roadside places so can't really guide you on a lot of the places at random. However there are some places I can recommend.
Feel Myanmar food. 124 Pydaungsu Yetha St. This is in the embassy area a short walk from the national museum. It's quite touristy and is in the Lonely Planet (LP). The food choice is good and you can go and pick your dishes. I particularly liked the spicy venison dish.
19th street grills- various bars with grilled meat/tofu. The grilled items are of variable quality but the kofte style kebabs are probably your best bet or the liver/hearts.
Inle Lake, Nyang shwe:
I can't remember the name but there is a place 2 doors down from the New Bright hotel - 53 Phaung Daw seiq Road, that does great grilled food, especially the chicken wings.
Nyang U, Bagan:
Bagan-Nyaung U Main Rd, Opposite of Municiple Office, Nyaung U.- This is out of Nyang U towards the temples, abut 2 mins past Wethersppons. One of my favourite meals in Burma. there is set menus with a meat curry, 10 side dishes and rice for 2500 kyat. I had the goat curry and the side dishes included pon yay gi, a marmite like black bean curd produced in Bagan, an acquired taste but I loved it.
Htay Htay's Kitchen -Ngapali road.
Very touristy as it's in the LP but don't let that put you off they really know how to grill fish and the tiger and king prawns are excellent. Good salads as well.
They are very welcoming and we were invited to the 1st birthday of the owners daughter for some excellent coconut noodles.
Friends Restaurant - This is virtually opposite Htays Htays and is not as strong but their chilli crab is excellent. They also do draught beer- though we managed to completely deplete their stock.
Ngapali Golf Course- This is towards the airport away from Htays Htays. I didn't eat there but their draught beer is the coldest i had in Burma and after a while in Burma you'll realise how difficult it is to get really cold beer out of Rangoon"
Post link as well: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8860...
In Luang Prabang, Tamarind is a good introduction to Lao food, even if the spicing is adjusted for western tastes. The owners and staff are very friendly and will explain everything you are eating and their tasting menu often has dishes that you'd have trouble finding elsewhere in LP.
Tamnak Lao is a little more upscale than many of the typical restaurants on the tourist strip and they usually do a better version of their Lao dishes than any of the others.
It's been a long time since I've splurged on the expensive restaurants in LP like 3 Nagas and L'Elephant so i can't give an up-to-date report.
Malee's, on the southern edge of town, does a great BBQ with an almost exclusively Lao clientele, but if this is your first trip to Laos and you only have a few days, it won't make your itinerary.
You should also go to the local morning market, about 2 kms south of town on the way to the waterfalls. It would make a great stop for breakfast or maybe lunch. It's one of the few places in LP to sample traditional Lao foods not prepared for tourists.
re: el jefe
I didn't eat at Tamarind but I took their cooking class and found it fun and interesting and quite delicious...Tamnak Lao was ok. Not a memorable meal for me.
Here are a few thoughts on LP:
I agree on visiting the local market. It is much better than the by-the-weight places in town at the tourist market. I didn't eat at any of those but they were roundly dismissed by all the other travelers I met...Two things worth getting in that market (and it is in a side alley off the arts and crafts market) are the sausages and papaya salad from the little somtum operations.
At the southern end of Khem Khong road, which is the one next to the Mekong, right before it ends and bends, there is a BBQ operation that does goat. I was taken there by a local. This was in 2012. Hope it is still there. I don't even think they have an English menu....While I didn't go, the little BBQ place on the town side of the bridge over the Nam Khan was jumping with local activity every night. There were always a few travelers as well...If you cross that bridge and walk north, there are a bunch of vendors and small operations selling prepared foods and grilled stuff to the locals.
As far as what to eat in general, I recommend fish laap, which is probably made with the Mekong farm raised tilapia. I'm not a big tilapia fan and I honestly can't speak to the conditions of how they are raised other then seeing them being pellet fed in pens on a boat ride up river, but I confess that I didn't have a bad fish dish in town. A few other local specialties are banana leaf steamed fish and watercress salads or other watercress dishes. The local type is nice and a bit more peppery than the watercress you might be used to. They make a warm dressing out of egg yolk for the salads...Stuffed and fried bamboo shoots are also a local specialty. They are stuffed with pork and usually fried to order. I ate them a few times at different places along the Mekong strip. Good with Beer Lao...Stuffed lemongrass too is popular. We made this in the Tamarind class. You need some precise knifework to cut in such a way as to create a small netting basket that is then stuffed with seasoned ground chicken meat.
There are a lot of charming places to dine and relax in LP and it can be easy to sort of settle on the traveler friendly ones with similar menus and primo locations. But if you explore around a little outside the main strip of streets on the peninsula of LP, you can find all sorts of local vendors.