Respond to Review of Soe Pyi Swar Vegetarian Centre
Review: I really liked this place and we ate almost all our meals here during our three days in Yangon. I found it to be clean and friendly! The food was tasty and healthy for us, there was no problem in that regards. There is a public pay bathroom down the block so there is no need to use the one inside. I found that small family restaurants usually have their own living space behind that isn't necessarily intended for patrons though they never refuse. The menu is a shocker! Most hardcore vegetarians don't want to order unusual animal parts made of faux meats, but you don't have to - order mixed vegetables if you are intimidated by the menu. The fried kailan is delicious! I found that the vegetables listed as fried were actually sauteed with broth and not too oily, I was super happy to get big plates of vegetables and we always left feeling good. The fried noodles are yummy, too! They always serve an accompaniment of soup and condiments as well. One shared dish and two servings of rice runs about 2500 kyats, not the cheapest food in Myanmar but by no means expensive, and maybe 4000 for two dishes with rice. We even had them pack to-go food for us when we headed out, more noodles and mixed veg! and it was perfect. This place helped us get our footing in Myanmar as vegetarians, before we learned the magic words of vegetarianism. There is a Burmese phrase that sounds to me like "thut thut luck" which means without the taking of life. You should get a Burmese person to teach you to say these words so that you can be understood. Once you know this phrase, you can go to any restaurant or food stall and say this, and they will serve you whatever they have that is suitable for vegetarian monks. This worked great for us, despite the language barrier otherwise. Once we discovered traditional burmese salads, we went crazy for them, but this did catch up to me pretty quickly and I got mildly sick from a salad that I ate at a non-veg place in Mandalay. Just thought I'd toss that info in since it helped me to be confidently vegetarian in Myanmar! Don't be afraid - search the market stalls, especially in the mornings, when noodle soup is served. I always look for a healthy looking woman with bowls of soapy water for washing hands and dishes on site and try out the magic words! My favorite meals in Myanmar were eaten at places like that. Good luck to you in your quest for delicious vegetarian food in Myanmar! I recommend Soe Pyi Swar for humble people of reasonable expectations.