Desserts in Myanmar

Desserts in Myanmar

Koh Pièh

Koh Pièh is an eat made from glutinous rice sprinkled with sesame seeds and served with grated coconut and pepper topping. You will be knocked down immediately smelling the combination of fragrant rice, aromatic sesame, distinctive coconut flavor and pungent pepper.

Koh Pièh Myanmar yangon food guide yangon food blog
This eat is so popular in this country


Koh Pu

Koh Pu baked on charcoal also made from rice. The most intriguing of this dish is the syrup made from palm sugar. The syrup is boiled until it turns into caramel color, which is tastier, stronger than white sugar and therefore hailed as the Burmese chocolate.

Koh Può Myanmar
Dip this thing in Yangon chocolate – gorgeous


Kauknyintok’s main ingredients are bananas, coconut milk and sugar, coated with sticky rice.

Kauknyintok Myanmar yangon food guide yangon food blog
Incredible snack

Bein Mont

This dish is made from glutinous rice, freshly sliced coconut and almonds. All of them are fried till the eye-catching bright color appears. This is a fairly large bakery on the streets of Yangon and mostly sold in the afternoon.

Bein Mont Myanmar yangon food guide yangon food blog
Almond is the highlight of this foodstuff. Image by: Yangon food guide blog.


Dosa is a crepe cake originating from India. Dosa thin cake is made from rice flour and lentils left fermented overnight. The cake is and sprinkled with grated coconut.

Dosa Myanmar
From-pan-to-mouth crepe. Image by: Yangon food guide blog.



This flatbread is made from ingredients such as butter, sugar, milk, eggs, and flour. This dish is native to India.

Roti Myanmar yangon food guide yangon food blog
Thin breadstick originated from India. Image by: Yangon food guide blog.

Mont Lone Yay Paw:

This dish is usually found on the occasion of the Thingyan Festival, which is also the most popular traditional dessert in Yangon. The cake is made from glutinous rice flour wrapped in palm sugar mixed with grated coconut.

Mont Lone Yay Paw Myanmar
This white dessert stuff coated with coconut. Image by: Yangon cuisine blog.

Mont Lin Ma Yar

Simply interpretation is “light couple’s snack,” the Mont Lin Ma Yar babycakes will ease your hunger in the morning to some extent. This viand is made from crispy fried rice in a large saucepan, topped with a layer of quail eggs, onions or a few roasted chicken peas.

Mont Lin Ma Yar Myanmar
“The light dessert for couples”. Image by: Yangon cuisine blog.


Tea Leaf Salad

Myanmar’s cuisine is famous for its unique dishes, such as tea leaves salad. The leaves are fermented with other vegetables such as cabbage, tomatoes, bean sprouts, a little chili, and spices to create unique dishes. Tea leaves are often served as appetizers at the banquets or served with white rice at Burmese meals.

Tea Leaf Salad Mynamar
Aint it fun to try tea leaf as food? Image by: Yangon food guide blog.


Jaggery is a simple sweet of concentrated palm sugar, served by the older generation of Myanmar people to visiting guests in their homes. Jaggery is also served in traditional restaurants in Yangon as a dessert at the end of a meal. As Myanmar modernises, Jaggery is gradually ‘going out-of-style’, and is less commonly served by newer restaurants.



Nga Pyaw Thi Bohn

Nga Pyaw Thi Bohn is a Burmese Banana Pudding, which consists of local fresh red bananas stewed in a gravy of milk, coconut milk and sugar, then garnished with sesame seeds / poppy seeds. Nga Pyaw Thi Bohn is served as a dessert.

Nga Pyaw Thi Bohn

Nget Pyaw Thii Shwe Gye

Nget Pyaw Thii Shwe Gye is a Burmese Banana Cake, typically found sold in the streets in large round pans. It’s made with mashed red bananas, sugar, all purpose flour, butter, coconut milk, shredded coconut, salt and poppy seeds. Small pieces of chopped red bananas are added to the mix which is then steamed or baked. Nget Pyaw Thii Shwe Gye has a unique reddish hue which is a natural result of the cooking process.

Nget Pyaw Thii Shwe Gye 01


Nget Pyaw Thii Shwe Gye 02


Salted Fried Peanuts

A typical bar snack in Yangon, a dish of Salted Fried Peanuts makes you want to drink more beer.

Salted Fried Peanuts

Shwe Kyi 02

Shwe Kyi is a Burmese dessert cake / pastry, made with semolina, sugar, butter, water, eggs, shredded coconut, poppy seeds and salt. Shwe Kyi is sometimes also called Sanwin Makin, depending on whether additional ingredients like walnuts or raisins are added. Shwe Kyi is typically sold in the streets in large round pans.

Shwe Kyi 01


Shwe Kyi 02

Royal Lake Martini Cocktail

The Royal Lake Martini Cocktail is a bar drink in Yangon inspired by Kandawgyi Lake. The Royal Lake Martini Cocktail consists of fresh apple juice, vodka and a simple sugar syrup, garnished with slices of fresh red apples. True to its namesake, it is light and refreshing.

Royal Lake Martini Cocktail


A coconut cream sherbet after dinner? Many people in Myanmar will never turn it down! And neither would I!

For many people, Burmese food does not initially rank up there with the more famous cuisines of neighbouring Thailand or India. However, when you get to travel the country for a while, you cannot help but learn a little about the food the locals eat. I enjoyed a breakfast dish named Mohinga, and tried a few local curries in Yangon, but my favourite Burmese food of all was a delectable dessert called Shwe Yin Aye.

Shwe Yin Aye is a coconut cream-based dessert that can also be served as a snack during the day. I found that it usually comes with some white bread to soak up the coconut cream. Locals in Bagan and Yangon can be seen eating this roadside without a care in the world, and what better way to immerse yourself in the local community than to taste the local food?! Make your own Shwe Yin Aye at home with this simple recipe!



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