Soe Pyi Swar Vegetarian Centre

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50, 13th St (Middle), Ianmadaw Township, Yangon, Myanmar

斋全素食餐室 simple vegetarian cafe in Chinatown, between Anawratha Rd and Maha Bandula Rd. Has an English menu. Offers many faux meats, which are typically served on a bed of vegetables. You could order off the menu as well or ask for mixed vegetable with or without tofu and a side of rice. The plates are large servings meant to be shared. Open Mon-Sun 8:30am-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese

23 Reviews

First Review by Chelmi

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We were really happy to find this place in Yangon. Because it was not burmese or indian cuisine, in the first place. We ordered fried rice, wonton soup and stir fried veggies, and it all cost us 6000 kyat, which i think very reasonable cause the portions were pretty big. The stuff is very friendly, especially the owner, nice chinese grandpa :) on the next day, they mistook our order though, but it was ok.

Pros: delicious food, big portions, friendly stuff and fair price

Cons: mistook the order

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Amazing tatalo food! - Edit

Friendly staff and huge variety of vegan hard-to-find meat dishes.

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a lot of food for no money - Edit

The menu is packed with mock meats, and the dishes sound crazy (abdomen soup, anyone?).
The food is good, you get a lot and pay nothing. Owner is friendly.

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Vegan Heaven - Edit

Fully vegan Chinese restaurant in downtown Yangon, huge portions for inexpensive prices. The menu has such a wide variety that it's difficult to choose a meal! The staff here are lovely, we were even given free fruit during both our visits here.

Pros: Extensive Menu, Big Portions

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Mock meat heaven - Edit

It was okay food, not the best curry I had in Myanmar but if you're into mock meats this place is your dream. It was true to the local seating which wasn't what I expected as other pleases have felt like proper restaurants. Other then that it was a good feed!

Pros: lots of options

Cons: seating

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nice food - Edit

It's a simple Chinese restaurant and I really liked their spring rolls and fried noodles. The owner is very friendly as well! Very happy to find vegan food in Myanmar.

Pros: staff , food

Cons: a lot of mock meat , surroundings

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Great food - Edit

Have eaten a great meal here every day so far. At their prices, you can still taxi in, eat, taxi out for 10k kyats!

Business for them is REALLY quiet, which is a worry as there arent a lot of resteraunts dedicated to vegan/veg only, for a city of 5mill.

If you are a carnivore looking for or just plain forced to go, get into some faux meats, this place has you covered.

I didnt try the toilets after reading posts here. So my score wont reflect. Cheers.

Pros: Excellent food, Great price

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Recommended Vegetarian restaurant at Yangon. - Edit

Last year in month of June I had almost all my meals at a Vegetarian restaurant known as SOE PYI SWAR vegetarian centre during my visit to Yangon with a close friend.
I will be visiting Yangon towards end of July 2016 with my wife and hopefully could visit the restaurant owner and have many meals there during my visit.
The owner and his family very accommodating people , the food are good and well prepared and not expensive.

Pros: Owner and staff are very polite people., The restaurant are reasonable good and clean as co

Cons: The washroom need to improved on its cleaniness., The kitchen need improvement on cleanliness.

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Quietly awesome - Edit

Quiet little family run vegan restaurant, no it's not a 5 star looking place but you don't need white linen napkins to make good food! You get free tea on the table, large menu of options and its pretty cheap! Staff are lovely and although their English isn't really good they do their best to accommodate you. We even got free slices of orange for dessert! We went there 3 times and will be back on our return to Yangon.

Pros: the Japanese hot and spicy tofu and the fried bamb, Staff

Cons: not many drink options

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The only vegan restaurant in Myanmar! - Edit

It is not very fancy, true, and you should avoid the toilet. But... It's the only vegan restaurant in Myanmar, and it's so relaxing to order without getting worried about the ingredients! The food is good, the staff nice. I will come back.

Pros: good food , nice staff

Cons: not very nice place

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Vegan Paradise - Edit

After reading the other reviews, I was a bit shocked by my fellow humans.
YOUR'RE EATING GUARANTEED VEGAN FOOD IN A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY!
It's not California! It's Myanmar!!
There is no where else to get mock meats in the city, most soups you eat are made with fish stock, and most noodle shops have noodles made with eggs.
I give this place an A++!
It has working air con, tables and chairs, an ancient fan, and vegan propaganda on the walls in two languages.
Free hot tea on the tables!

Pros: The owner even though he speaks very little Englis, I was given free watermelon for dessert., I only spent $4USD, on food, drink, all the rice I

Cons: Don't look in the kitchen., You should also probably avoid the toilet.

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Perfectly Average - Edit

Huge menu full of rice/noodles/vegetables and every kind of mock meat. For me the location was great just a street over from my accommodation as so for ease I ate here a few times. Not the greatest food, lacking somewhat in flavour. Both the fried rice and noodles come with various kinds of mock meats in that weren't particularly good- I am not usually a fan of these anyway. Vegetable dishes are okay but again nothing very exciting. The family running the restaurant are very sweet, children and father speak decent English. Each meal comes with complimentary soup; this was once a good vegetable broth type and another not so good miso flavoured one. Food is about 1500-2000 kyat so not terribly priced.

Pros: nice family , average prices

Cons: not very exciting flavours

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Just ok - Edit

This place was near my hotel but I didn't return for a second visit. The menu was extensive, but I don't go in for faux meats. The mixed vegetable stir fry was 'ok' - same overall quality and freshness that I could find elsewhere locally, but for a bit less money (not that Yangon is an expensive city). The staff working that day didn't speak English, so I couldn't confirm whether MSG was being used.

Pros: downtown location, extensive menu

Cons: flavor not exceptional

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Easy to find vegan food - Edit

I found it rather difficult to choose a dish because of the abundance of choices. But the owner was very nice and helpful, even though he only spoke little English. A lot of the dishes were with all sorts of fake meats, but I ordered more vegetable based dishes. Food was good and there was free soup with it. The prices were also ok from what I remember. It seemed like non of the dishes contained any dairy or eggs, so I'd say the "vegetarian restaurant" is completely vegan. The only downside is the setting with the bright flourescent lights in this large room.

Pros: all vegan

Cons: setting

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New Address - Edit

There was a big sign on the address listed here saying that the restaurant had relocated a few blocks away. The new address is: No. 50, 13th Street (Middle)
It is only about a five minute walk from the old address. I don't know how the old place was, but this location is clean and spacious.
I tried a mixed seafood dish with rice. It came with complimentary cabbage soup. The mock seafood was pretty tasty, especially the eel, and was cooked in a mild chili gravy. The whole meal cost 3600kyats, and was a decent size portion.
The menu is very diverse and while it does contain a lot of mock meats for the more adventurous types, it also has a lot of straight veg meals.

Pros: Really diverse mock meat selection

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Big Menu, Nice Staff - Edit

Was difficult to find from the map button please update coordinates to:
N 16°46.558' , E 96°09.033'
My review is the same as the others. We were glad this place existed at all compared to the carnage at the rest of the street food vendors. It was weird to see pigs heart and intestines on the menu as faux meat selections. We wanted spring rolls and got sauteed potatoes instead (they were next to each other on the menu when we pointed for the server).the potatoes were actually really good. We also ordered soup not realizing a small bowl came with the meal so we had too much soup. The third thing we had was the deep fried ribs. They were rings reminiscent of pork rinds with a French fry in the middle. Kind of flavorless but good in the soup or with the condiments.

Pros: Big Menu, Nice Staff

Cons: Non Ac

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Great veg place close to Chinatown nightlife - Edit

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.

Pros: Vegetarian!, Close to interesting parts of the city, Friendly

Cons: most staff speak little to no english

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Dirty Chinese food owners mean well - Edit

The pickings are slim in Yangon. This was possibly filthiest restaurant we went to in Myanmar. Owner was quite nice though and did want to feed us. The food was just not that inspiring enough to eat.

Pros: close to Chinese

Cons: food is not great

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It is a vegetarian restaurant.... That's true. - Edit

Disclaimer: I've been a vegetarian for 18 years and I don't miss meat at all. The idea of eating meat creaps me out.

Ok, this place is in Chinatown and clearly caters to people who eat veg twice a month for religious reasons. They miss organ meats and a variety of meaty textures and flavors that I really don't miss or want...at all. The first page of the menu will provide you with some ok fried rice / noodles and spring rolls. The rest of the long menu might gross you out - how many of you want "artificial pig heart" as part of your lunch. Having said that, it is a veg restaurant with a very creative gluten-o-rama mock meat menu. If you dig it, great. If not, I would stick with the good and cheap (and nowhere near as grubby) veg Indian places listed here and in the Lonely Planet.

Pros: Vegetarian menu, Vegan dishes possible, Friendly kid staff

Cons: Grubby, Nasty mock meats, Very limited English

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Food's Okay, If Overpriced; Owner & Staff Are Not - Edit

I was so excited when I discovered *the* vegetarian restaurant in Myanmar, that I didn't even mind that they gave me rice when I said I didn't want any (and charged me MKY 500 for it). On my second visit, however, I visited the toilet after ordering, and looked up to see one of the boys (yes, he only employs children and teens) was spying on me through the window. I yelled at him, and when I went back through the kitchen the waitstaff boys told me, 'He's gone - he went that way', then proceeded to unlock all the doors between the kitchen and restaurant, which were previously open!

A little shaken, I went to tell the owner/operator what happened; he completely ignored me. I continued to tell him, in detail, until he finally looked up from his books and said 'I'm sorry about that' when he clearly wasn't.

There was a sign hanging in the restaurant that said: 'Be kind to animals - don't eat them.' The owner/operator of this diner clearly doesn't feel the same way about his customers. As a passionate vegan, it says a lot that I chose to eat at a non-veg Indian eatery in Yangon for the remainder of my stay.

Pros: Vegetarian food

Cons: Overpriced, No prices on menu, No customer service

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Chinese Vegetarian - Edit

This shop is located at 136, Latha Street. Many varieties and price is around 1000kyats - 3000kyats (USD1.25 - USD4.00). Inexpensive because other restaurant usually cost 2000kyats & above.
There is another vegetarian restaurant on the same road which is about 5-10 shops away from this restaurant. Many varieties too. Cost around 2000kyats - 5000kyats.
There are also many shop but selling Burmese biryani rice & it's very nice and available for vegetarian too. It cost 1500 kyats. Must try & very nice.

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A real vegan gem in Myanmar - Edit

Food really scrummy. If you're faint of heart stick to page one of a substantial menu, following are an array of fake meat meals. Food cheap,fresh and bursting with veggies and tofu, free fruit, lovely staff, what more could you want?!

Pros: Good food, Vegan, Cheap

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Soe Pye Swar Vegetarian Centre - Edit

The restaurant is a 15 minutes walk from Sule Paya, it closes at 9pm. Try the fried preserved vegetables and the vermicelli soup. Free fruit salad for desert.

Pros: vegan, long opening hours (for Myanmar)

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