Mote Hinghar: I Can Eat This Burmese Dish Any Time of The Day

It’s Foodie Friday at the Got Passport headquarters.

What’s on the menu?  Mote Hinghar, of course.

It is a delicious fish soup made with lemon grass stalks, banana stalks and  a lot of cooked small onions that melt in your mouth, eaten with somen like noodles.  It is usually topped with thinly chopped cilantro, green onions, long string beans, hard-boiled eggs, a  squeeze of lime to your taste, and chili powder (yes, you can have it without chili powder, but why would you do a thing like that?).  This dish is also served with crunchy deep-fried squash (Boo Thee Kyaw) or deep-fried onions (Kyet Thewn Kyaw) or deep-fried batter bean/dhal (Pae Kyaw) .

Growing up in Burma, I used to eat this as breakfast.  However, having lived in the US for 30 years, if invited and offered to me as a meal, I will devour it at any time of the day.  It doesn’t have to be at breakfast only.  You certainly don’t want to disappoint the host offering this delicious goodness.

Now that we live here in Chiang Mai, I can go to Friday Morning Market near the night bazaar  for breakfast for 20b =67 cents.  Or my friend at  Hmwe Burmese restaurant would also cook it from time to time. When she does, she usually notify me of such great news.  Pretty cool, eh?

Or I can buy a package from the Friday Morning Market and cook it myself.   Maybe in the another post, I can tell you how to make it, like I normally do with other food posts.  Today, I’m too lazy to do it so you’ll just have to wait.

NOTE:    A few people have told me they don’t like this dish.  That’s Okay and no offense, in this case,  this post was not meant for you!

We were served Mote Hinghar at the Burmese Temple during a dhana ceremony


Mote Hinghar at Friday Morning Market


Ummm,  one of my favorite Burmese dishes.

While you’re in Chiang Mai or in Burma, maybe you’ll give this dish a try.

Happy Eating!

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  9 comments for “Mote Hinghar: I Can Eat This Burmese Dish Any Time of The Day

  1. Wendy
    January 8, 2011 at 10:22

    Hmmm. You had me at hard boiled egg. Looks delish, but spicy. Where can I find this in Houston? Well, besides your mom’s house! lol

  2. January 8, 2011 at 11:47

    It certainly looks deliciousssssssssss.
    Wish I can try it.
    Cheers…I’m hungry now…I’ll need to go raid the fridge….!

    • January 8, 2011 at 14:51

      Haha, we’re so lucky to have so many choices for Burmese food here. More so than back in Texas, for sure. Plus I never feel ‘loaded down’ like I do from a typical western meal (like today: 1st time at a nearby sandwich shop – feeling bleh after a large sub). Cheers!

  3. January 9, 2011 at 12:48

    This is one of my favorite Burmese dishes as well! Whenever my mom cooked it, I would eat 3 bowls at a time! Yum!

    • January 9, 2011 at 21:01

      Connie, 3 bowls? Easy! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really hope we cross paths one of these days!

  4. January 10, 2011 at 23:16

    Yummy! Love all the colors too!

  5. January 17, 2011 at 00:45

    Dishes like this would make my vegetarian resolution would be sooo hard to maintain on the road. It looks like a tom yum soup with fish? Is it sour?

  6. March 11, 2011 at 20:24

    I’m one of those people that this dish is not for- I don’t eat fish and can’t stand the taste of lemongrass. However, it does look delicious & I’m all for a 20 baht breakfast in the market 🙂

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