Fortunately for me, Myanmar has her own version of mamak stall too! I almost jumped through the roof with joy after a colleague asked me to join him at a local tea shop, which he promised serves almost exactly the same food one would expect in a Malaysian mamak stall.
This particular tea shop is located in Kamaryut township, along Insein road, just a km or 2 away from where my apartment is. There is no point for me to state the details of this particular shop as there are at least 3 tea shops in almost every street in Yangon, big or small.
|spot the malaysians|
First the food, we decided to go for some roti canai, which in Myanmar is called dhosai (or tosai). Really different from Malaysian or India, where dhosai is a completely different thing. Remember to ask for curry or dhaal (if they have it) as the dhosais normally come with beans or peanuts. Curry in Myanmar is called, surprisingly, "curry".
|crispy, fragrant dhosai|
|order your dhosai at the cooking station, normally located|
in front of the tea house
Now to order your cup of tea. they are normally called lapae-ya but everyone here orders tea to their taste. here's a list:
|cuppa lapae-ya anyone?|
cha seh: sweeter tha usual, the normal ones are pretty sweet already but the locals do like their tea sweeter than usual.
bone mahn: regular tea, same as lapae-ya
baw shent: strong tea, my cuppa tea.
cha hseent: a stronger than the one above, and less sweet. my usual
bancho: strong and sweet
And if you want, ask for sheh-la with your tea. This usually means you tea would be made with condensed milk from a tin, cost about 50-100kyats extra than a normal cup or tea, which is usually 150-200kyats.
Or if you want, you can opt for the standard free chinese tea provided at all the tea shops, called cha. Or as i call it, a tea tank.
|a tea tank, standard issue in|
There you go, your guide to drinking tea in Myanmar. Remember to say jetsu tema le to your friendly waiter & waitresses after enjoy your yummy cup of tea!