Inle Myanmar Restaurant @ Penisula Plaza
I was working late last Friday night, so did a last minute dinner with the girl friend. She works in the civic district, so I asked her to suggest a dinner place. “Do you want to try Burmese food?”, she asked. Of course, let’s do it! This is the first time I am having burmese food! Within half an hour, both of us arrived at Inle Myanmar Restaurant at Peninsula Plaza.
It was 8.30pm on a Friday night, the restaurant was very packed. Named after a popular floating home called Inle Lake, the restaurant serves a good range of Myanmar cuisine. Heavily influenced by the respective cuisines of China, India, and Thailand, Burmese food uses a lot of garlic, ginger, turmeric, chillies and onions. Shrimp paste is also a common ingredients that gives the cuisine an extra character.
It is richer than Chinese but not as spicy as Thai or Indian. The methods of food preparation vary depending on the region and ethnicity as the country itself is populated with multi-ethnic diversity. In addition, the influx of Chinese and Indian immigrants in the past has also given birth to a unique flavour of sweet, sour and mildly spicy Myanmar cuisine.
We ordered a plated of Pickled Tea Leave Salad ($6) to kickstart our meal. Tea is not only drunk but also eaten in Myanmar. Pickled Tea Leave Salad is an all time favourite in Myanmar. The leaves are fermented, pickled and served with an assortment of crispy chickpea, roasted peanuts, fried garlic, toasted sesame, dried shrimps, fresh garlic, fresh vegetables and dressed with vegetables oil and lime.
I went for an all-day set menu at only $14.90++ per pax with an appetizer, a main course and a drink. Tried the century egg salad with onions, tomatoes, fish sauce, lime juice and chopped coriander. The taste is a little sweet and a little salty, but thoroughly delicious. My main was Mohinga ($8 ala carte), a famous traditional Myanmar rice noodle dish in fish broth, served with egg, fish cake and chickpea fritters. It was a little oily for my liking.
The girl friend ordered the dry version of Shan Khau Hswe – a sticky rice noodle with pickled vegetables and a choice of chicken or pork. Mix it well with chilli and it tastes very delicious. Not too overpowering yet still having enough flavours to make it tasty.
Inle Myanmar Restaurant
Address: 111 North Bridge Road, #B1-07 (A/B) Peninsula Plaza, Singapore 179098
Tel: +65 6333 5438
Opening Hours: 11am ~ 10pm Daily
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