The recently revamped “Mad for Seafood” buffet at the Sule Shangri-la Hotel is offering a taste of Rakhine cuisine every Saturday night, serving up an array of soups, salads, and curries that give Myanmar’s western coast its unique flavor.
Rakhine cuisine, which makes healthy use of coriander, lemongrass, chilies, and lemon juice, is often described as spicy, sour, and less oily than other regional cuisines in Myanmar. These ingredients are used on fish, prawns, crab, octopus, jellyfish, squid, cuttlefish, clams, and lobster – all central to the Rakhine diet, and all on offer at this buffet.
There are also several recognizable Rakhine dishes, including moh ti – a salty, spicy seafood and noodle dish that can be prepared as either a soup or a salad.
Other dishes worth a try include ngar ni tuu thoke (dried small fish salad), gone thauk sann (hot and sour mussel stew), and pinlalsar mar lar shan kaw (stir-fried spicy seafood and vegetables).
On top of these Rakhine favorites, “Mad for Seafood” also includes several international seafood favorites. There’s sushi, a build-your-own salad option, and heaps of boiled prawns and mussels and crab legs and claws that have to be cracked open with specialized tools laid out on every table.
If seafood is your thing and you want to dine on it in abundance, this buffet is probably the best option in town.
Sule Shangri-la’s Rakhine-style “Mad for Seafood” dinner buffet is offered on Saturday nights, and there’s also a traditional, international “Mad for Seafood” night on Thursday nights, both from 6pm to 10pm and priced at US$36 nett per person.