Thursday, September 21, 2017

Miso hungry

There are many ways to embarrass one self in unfamiliar dining surroundings. Sure, you may think you’re a smooth operator because you managed to get through a round of maki rolls without getting wasabi on your shirt. But what if, when familiar faces join the table, you find out everything you have been doing is wrong? What if – gasp – you’re that person, the one who makes the locals cringe and your friends cry out? For shame!

No need to give up hope: The Myanmar Times (MT) is looking out for you. Thanks to our guide to proper sushi etiquette, you’ll soon be fearlessly wielding chopsticks like a samurai.

We’ve also compiled some of our favourite places to eat sushi around Yangon.

Ichiban Kan

Sushi is plated traditional-style: For example, the wasabi is served in the sushi roll rather than separately. “The owner is Japanese,” one reviewer said. What more kudos is needed?
G-17/18 Aung San Stadium (north wing), Mingalar Taungnyunt, Yangon, Ph: 01 394824

Samurai Sushi

The atmosphere isn’t exactly Tokyo, since the restaurant is wedged into the ground floor of a residential apartment block on Wingaba Road in Bahan township. But the food, especially the fried octopus arms and platters of sushi, is tasty and reliable. Best head there by taxi – parking is at a premium.
78C Inya Road, Kamaryut township, Yangon, Ph: 09 5132 423

Wasabi

This converted house offers the type of Japanese fare that requires you to leave your shoes downtown and replace them with slippers. Wasabi also offers icy-cold Myanmar beer on tap.
2B Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, near MiCasa Hotel, Yangkin township, Yangon, Ph: 01 666781

Mondo

The food here is outstanding, but make sure to take someone who speak Japanese with you. The wait-staff only speak Japanese and the menu is written in Japanese. Enter through a quaint little wooden door. Tall people beware – you will have to duck to enter.
26B Yaw Min Gyi Street, Dagon township, Yangon, Ph: 01 252261

Shiawase Sushi

Cheap as chips and great value for money, Shiawase Sushi does a mixed sushi set for as cheap as K3000. The seaweed salad is also a sweet deal at just K1000.
36/40, A-1, Bo Yar Nyunt Street, Dagon township, Yangon, Ph: 09 49259184, 09 45004643

Ajishin Japanese restaurant

Located behind Sedona Hotel, this is first-class Japanese dining. This is the type of place Japanese business people go and make or break the big deals.
18B Thukhawadi Lane, Yanking township, Yangon, Ph: 01 562701, 293640

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