Rakhine Seafood Feast at Minn Lan Restaurant in Yangon, Myanmar

By Mark Wiens 30 Comments
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Minn Lan Seafood restaurant in Yangon, Myanmar

When I asked on a YouTube video where to eat in Yangon, one of the responses that came up the most, was Minn Lan Restaurant.

Since Minn Lan is located a bit of a journey from downtown Yangon (where I spent most of my time), I didn’t make it to Minn Lan until my final day in the city, en-route to the airport, when we stopped for a seafood feast… and it didn’t let me down.

Minn Lan Restaurant
Minn Lan Restaurant is famous for seafood in Yangon

One of the top things I love doing most in Yangon is eating, everything from the many street food delights, to seafood sit down restaurants.

Minn Lan is surely one of the most famous restaurants in Yangon, a restaurant that specializes in serving mainly seafood dishes from the Rakhine state of Myanmar (the state that occupies the western coastline).

There are a number of Minn Lan restaurant branches in Yangon, but I went to the branch on Parami Road near Inya Lake (see map at bottom).

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Main dining area at Minn Lan Restaurant, Parami road

We went in the late afternoon, at about 4:30 pm, and already, the restaurant was quite busy.

As we ate, it even got busier, so I can only imagine how busy and packed the restaurant must be on peak meal holidays or weekends.

Outside there were a number of tables set up under tents, but further into the restaurant, the dining room opened up into a gym-like room filled with metal tables and diners.

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The outside of Minn Lan restaurant

We chose a prime table, right at the entrance of the restaurant, in the outdoor section, and began the challenging process of ordering… not because the menu wasn’t easy to follow (they have a beautiful picture menu), but because there are so many tempting things to try, so many seafood dishes available.

It was my first time to eat Rakhine cuisine, and paired with seafood… I was more than a little excited.

Tiger Prawns BBQ
Tiger Prawns BBQ

Tiger Prawns BBQ

One of my favorite things to eat in the world are giant prawns, both freshwater and saltwater. Tiger prawns are salt water prawns, and these guys were pretty good size.

On the menu, they said BBQ, which I would take to be grilled, but they tasted more like fried to me – so not sure exactly how they were cooked.

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Covered in fried garlic!

One thing I’m for sure of though, is that they were covered in a mountain of incredibly fragrant deep fried garlic.

The prawns were very tasty, cooked just under fully cooked, so they were juicy, and that garlic was very tasty. The provided green chili sauce, made each bite even better.

Rakhine noodle
Rakhine noodle at Minn Lan Restaurant in Yangon, Myanmar

Rakhine noodle

The manager of Minn Lan restaurant recommended I taste their Rakhine noodles, and you could either order dry with the soup on the side, or already mixed in with soup.

Ying and I chose dry noodles with soup on the side.

The Rakhine noodles were similar to “Thai kanom jeen noodles”, soft rice noodles.

They were tossed with a few different ingredients including pieces of fish cake, shallots, cilantro, garlic, and some kind of a slightly sour dressing. I really liked it, it was kind of like a noodle salad.

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Squid caramelized with garlic

Squid with garlic

Seeing squid fried in garlic on the menu, I also couldn’t resist the temptation.

The squid was huge and meaty, the body of the squid, and it was first sliced up into bite sized pieces, and stir fried with heaps of garlic.

There was probably a little sugar in it as well, because the garlic had started to caramelize itself onto the squid. The squid was nice and tender, and what I really liked about it was that they didn’t use too much oil.

Rakhine crab curry
Amazing Rakhine crab curry

Rakhine crab curry

To continue our seafood extravaganza, and because the price was so affordable we couldn’t resist, we also ordered a massive plate of Rakhine style crab curry.

It was unlike any other crab curry I had ever had before.

Instead of a heavy greasy curry, this was much more light, not greasy at all (I’m not even sure if they used any oil cooking this), and it was more of a watery sauce (not to say it wasn’t flavorful).

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Crab curry, can hardly get any better

The sauce was sour, and thickened with what appeared was an egg, so it was still quite watery and runny. I didn’t taste too many spices, but maybe a little hint of curry powder and turmeric.

I thought it was wonderful, a nice light and complementing sauce for the sweet crab.

Rakhine style pomfret
Rakhine style curry pomfret (spicy version)

Curry pomfret (spicy)

And just because we weren’t sure if we had ordered enough seafood (actually, the real reason is because I was a little over-excited looking at the menu, that I lost track of how many dishes we had ordered), we ordered a pomfret curried Rakhine style.

We had so much food already, so good thing the pomfret was just a little fish!

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One of my favorite dishes of the meal

Though it was the last dish I ordered, it turned out to be one of my favorites of the meal.

The Indian ocean silver pomfret is almost circular in shape, and it fits the shape of a plate nicely.

The fish was first deep fried, then covered in a curry sauce that was mostly tomato and onion based, and filled with very slightly spicy peppers, and just a few subtle spices.

It was almost like a fried fish with extremely flavorful spaghetti sauce, with an nice smokey flavor, covering it.

I really loved it along with rice.

Rhakine salad
Rhakine salad

Rakhine salad

Just after ordering all the seafood dishes, I realized we had failed to order any vegetable dishes.

I usually try to order a different range of dishes including vegetables, so I quickly thumbed through the menu and saw Rakhine salad – which I’m not sure what the real name is in Burmese (or Rakhine).

It was served cool, and the vegetable, which tasted to me like a morning glory type of stem dominant vegetable, was mixed with lots of mushrooms, sesame seeds, chilies, and fried shallots.

The taste of it almost reminded me of a Japanese sesame salad dressing, heavy on the fragrant sesame oil.

The Rakhine salad was the perfect green accompaniment to the seafood.

coconut pudding
Some type of coconut pudding

Dessert

For dessert, we didn’t actually order anything, considering we were quite stuffed from the many dishes we ordered.

But before finishing our meal, the manager brought out a plate of dessert and a plate of fruit – to which we thanked him immensely – but I’m still not sure if this comes with every meal, or if it was special?

Anyway, the dessert, which I’m not sure of the name, was like a coconut custard, a little chalky, but really nicely coconut flavored and not too sweet.

Fresh fruit
Fresh fruit is my favorite form of dessert

Fresh fruit

But for myself, not being a big lover of sweets, I preferred the fresh fruit – I think one of the best ways to end a satisfying feast.

price
Here’s our total bill

Total price

Here’s our total bill, which altogether came to 20,000 Kyats ($20.13).

I thought it was quite an amazing deal for the amount of fresh seafood we ate. In Bangkok, the bill could have been nearly twice that.

Minn Lann
Our completed feast at Minn Lan seafood restaurant, Yangon, Myanmar

Conclusion

Minn Lan is a famous restaurant in Yangon, Myanmar that serves a wide range of Rakhine style seafood dishes. The menu is huge, and includes versions of just about anything from the sea that you’d like.

Everything we ordered was delicious, and I especially enjoyed the experience of trying Rakhine food for the first time, plus the addition of delicious seafood.

The flavors were heavy on garlic, nicely spiced with chilies, many of the dishes had a lovely sour component to them, and I especially loved that nothing was too greasy or oily as Burmese curries can often be.

If you love seafood, you should without doubt check out Minn Lan.

Thank you to everyone who suggested this restaurant to me!

Address: Parami Road, Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar
Open hours: 11 am – 9 pm daily
Prices: Our total bill came to 20,000 Kyats ($20.13)
How to get there: My wife and I took a taxi from central downtown Yangon for 4,000 Kyats, and the ride took about 20 minutes

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  • Dirk Parijs

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark, my trip to Myanmar including Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and a 2 night cruise on the Irrawaddy Voyager 1 was spledid. However, from a culinary point of view I am more of a fan of Thai/Vietnamese cuisine. Burmese food tends to be more stew or curry oriented. Nevertheless, thanks to your post on You tube I went to Minn Lan on my last day in Yangon and it was a feast. Highly recommended and patroned by locals too. I would also like to share some of my other experiences in Yangon: Pandomar: OK, nice garden in an upscale neighbourhood, good service. Burma Bistro: chaotic, waiters were in the process of learning the ropes. Yangon Tea House: touristy but great food. Barman did great cocktails too. Italian restaurant in the new Pullman hotel near Sule Pagoda: nice pizza, a welcome change after nine days of rice 🙂 Kind regards, Dirk

  • Marianne

    6 years ago

    I went there because of your recommendation but for some reason i was charged 10 000 kyats for just the crab curry. Kind of strange…Overall i am finding my experience in Yangon not too amazing 🙁 Maybe because i am traveling alone …

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hi Marianne, sorry to hear that. Do you think the menu changed since I ate here? Or was it still the same, and they just charged more? Hmm, sorry to hear that.

  • Wendy

    6 years ago

    Greetings from Yangon – a wonderful and mouth watering post; we couldn’t resist (especially as a Rakhine meal would be something to help compensate from being not being allowed to go to Sittwe). We had the BBQ prawns, “roasted” crab (which seemed to be deep fried in chunks, with chili and shallots on top, still delicious) and 3 BBQ shrimp (?fried), and the special, a steamed grouper, with plain rice and one bottle of Myanmar beer. The steamed fish was the best. It was all delicious and the staff really friendly, but the bill was 42,000 kyat. We weren’t offered any fruit or dessert. We paid without question – still clearly a better deal than back home, but having read your post the price had us wondering…..

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hey Wendy, thank you for sharing, and your meal sounds delicious. Hmmm, did you look at all the prices on the menu of the dishes you ordered? I did see some of the dishes were much higher than others… I was guessing because of the quality or where the seafood was from? Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Harry

    6 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    Thank you for visiting my country and share our lovely food. I am proud that you love our food. 19th street is my fav place to go for BBQ and beer in every evening. Minn Lann is another shop that I never miss too. You may also visit the Kandaw Gyi Park and Inn yaa lake where many restaurants with great view and sunset. few of the lovely view spot in Yangon.

    Harry
    Dubai

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hello Harry, great to hear from you. I had an amazing time visiting Myanmar, and loved the food. How long have you been living in Dubai? Do you go back to Yangon often?

  • Anwesha

    7 years ago

    The pictures are divine Mark. As always, your pictures make me hungry. Need to eat crab and pomfret right away. 🙂

  • Miriam of Adventurous Miriam

    7 years ago

    The tiger prawns and squid with garlic looks absolutely divine. I know exactly where I’ll be heading when I visit Yangoon! Thanks, Mark.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Miriam, thank you for reading. Yes, definitely check this restaurant out when you’re in Yangon.

  • Lindy

    7 years ago

    Hey Mark! Just wanted to say great blog and also I recently discovered your Youtube channel and it has entertained me (and making me super hungry) for a week now! Awesome job man. Have a nice day! 😀

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Lindy, thank you very much for reading and for watching my videos, I appreciate it. Hope you’re having a great day.

  • Jonathan Look, Jr.

    7 years ago

    After traveling through SE Asia for over two years I have to say that Burmese food is my favorite! Tea Leaf Salad is amazing. I don’t know why people waste tea by soaking it in water any more. My best seafood meal was on Ngapali Beach! So good, so cheap. Burma is simply amazing.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Jonathan, wow cool to hear you love Burmese food so much. Yah, I agree tea leaf salad is fantastic. Thanks for sharing about Ngapali Beach, would love to visit there in the future. How long did you stay in Myanmar?

  • Sigurdur Bjorgvinsson @redheadexplorer

    7 years ago

    Wow, this seafood looks delicious, I would love to eat something tasty like this.

    I also wanted to tell you that I love your Youtube channel, I can watch all the delicious and unique food for hours.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hi Sigurdur, great to hear from you, thank you very much. And also for watching my videos. Glad that you love delicious food too!

  • MarkG

    7 years ago

    Mouth watering! Are those giant razor clams in picture #2? They are huge. Shame you did not try them. I love them and have had them mainly in Spain – opened up and smothered with olive oil, garlic, chilli and parsley and then whacked under a grill for 10 mins. Unbelievable taste. Drool…

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Mark, great to hear from you, thank you for reading. Yes, I think they are. Ok, next time I eat there, I will make sure to order them. Wow, that Spanish recipe sounds marvelous… I’m drooling too!

  • Nash

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark, you are making it harder and harder to resist another trip to Myanmar, this restaurant looks divine, there are too many great places to eat in Yangon. Did you manage to eat at any of the Indian places in Yangon, you can eat an entire meal for $1?

    Take care

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Nash, thank you for checking this out. On my most recent trip, just didn’t have enough time, but my trip before that, I did have some excellent Indian meals. So much good food!

  • Michel

    7 years ago

    Another inspiring post!
    The food looked delicious, but with a little to much garlic
    But Mark how can you eat that much and not getting fat!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Thank you Michel, they definitely go heavy on the garlic here.

  • dirk @ gourmet-blog

    7 years ago

    Damn that looks amazing…love the Shrimps…could eat a lot of them 🙂
    Greets dirk

  • Ashley

    7 years ago

    This looks like an amazing meal! The crab curry and prawns look especially delicious.