Having been awake since 5am to catch the early morning flight into Yangon, getting through a patiently waiting line at customs and clearing the business-as-usual city jam, we were so thankful to be able to grab a quick bite 6 hours later at the famous Shan noodles at 999 Noodle Shop in Yangon city before checking into our hotel in nearby Chinatown.
999 Shan Noodles is located in the middle of a typicaI street of gritty shophouses with criss crossing saggy powerlines.
I liked how this place is also seemingly popular with locals, which is always a sign of something good. We took our seats upstairs, and was quickly offered a pot of delicious hot tea (tea being freely offered at all, if not most eating establishments).
The noodles are very light in texture compared to the versions I am used to getting both in Singapore and Malaysia, and the dry versions are tastier because of the mix of pork and/or pork oil.
*Side note : If you have been following me on IG, you know that my all-time favorite noodles are Singapore’s versions of bak chor mee. Personally I still prefer BCM after trying this. Although as I mentioned in my “about me”, it’s all about personal growing up / travelling experiences. Each to their own 🙂 Having said that, Shan Noodles is must try it when you are here in Burma/Myanmar.
Next up.. Fried food 😀
I really like the fried wonton which although deep fried, as well drained and light to the mouth. The shan tofu fritters, made from chickpeas, are light in texture and sweet. Different from the Chinese types made from soya beans (tend to be heavier).
And for fans of chili, not to worry, they have bowls of the spicy pastes here as well.
Whether this place is the best or not for what they are serving, it is not for me or the many tourists to judge since we are not locals or grew up eating Shan Noodles. However it is something I would suggest not to miss, whether you decide to try it at 999 or the many other eating options around the country 🙂
999 Shan Noodles, Yangon City
Address : No. 130 B 34th Street | Kyauktada Township, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Other Shan Noodles places in Yangon
Aung Mingalar Shan Noodle Restaurant
Where can I try it in Singapore?
Check out the basement of Peninsula Plaza. There is the aircon foodcourt called “Food Bazaar”) or if you prefer quieter dining, there is “Inle Myanmar Restaurant” for most popular Burmese dishes (with English translated menus). (info as as 28 August 2015)
Keen to make your own Shan Noodles? Try
I liked this post on Yangon.