Mohinga

Mohinga (Burmese: မုန့်ဟင်းခါး; MLCTS: mun.hang: hka:, IPA: [mo̰ʊɰ̃hɪ́ɰ̃ɡá]; also spelt mont hin gar) is a rice noodle and fish soup from Myanmar and is an essential part of Burmese cuisine. It is considered by many to be the national dish of Myanmar.[1] Mohinga is readily available in most parts of the country. In major cities, street hawkers and roadside stalls sell dozens of dishes of mohinga to the locals and passers-by. Usually eaten for breakfast, today the dish is being consumed more and more throughout the day.[1]

Mohinga
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Mohinga with fritters
Alternative namesMont hin gar
CourseBreakfast
Place of originMyanmar
Associated national cuisineBurmese cuisine
Main ingredientsRice vermicelli, catfish
Ingredients generally usedFish sauce, fish paste, ginger, banana stem, lemongrass, onions, garlic, chickpea flour
VariationsMany; see §Regional varieties below
Mohinga streethawker in Mandalay

History and originsEdit

The origins of mohinga are difficult to pinpoint in the absence of extant records.[2] Food processing tools dating to the Pyu city-states used to ferment rice have been discovered, leading to the conclusion that the tradition of making rice vermicelli, the key starch used in mohinga, has a long history. The earliest reference to mohinga dates to the Konbaung dynasty, in the poet U Ponnya's alinga verse poem.[2] Burmese history historian Khin Maung Nyunt has concluded that during pre-colonial times, mohinga was likely a commoner's dish, as a recipe for "mohinga" has not been found in palatial records and cookbooks.[2]

During the latter half of Bagyidaw's reign, a poet by the name of U Min emerged and referenced "mohinga" as "mont di" (မုန့်တီ) in a poetry competition. While mont ti now refers to another set of rice vermicelli dishes in modern-day Myanmar, a small minority continue uses "mont ti" in reference to mohinga. Various regions in the country also simply call mohinga "mont" (မုန့်) or "mont hin" (မုန့်ဟင်း).

PreparationEdit

The main ingredients of mohinga are chickpea flour and/or crushed toasted rice, garlic, shallots, onions, lemongrass, banana tree stems, ginger, fish paste, fish sauce, and catfish or other types of fishes, like Mrigal carp in a rich broth cooked and kept on the boil in a cauldron.[3] It is served with rice vermicelli, dressed and garnished with fish sauce, a squeeze of lime, crisp fried onions, coriander, spring onions, crushed dried chillis, and, as optional toppings, deep-fried Burmese fritters such as split chickpeas (ပဲကြော်, pè gyaw),[4] urad dal (ဗယာကြော်, baya gyaw) or gourd (ဘူးသီးကြော်, bu thee gyaw) or sliced pieces of Chinese donuts (အီကြာ‌ကွေး), as well as boiled egg and fried nga hpè fish cake (ငါးဖယ်ကြော်).

Regional varietiesEdit

There are different regional varieties of mohinga throughout Myanmar, depending on the availability of ingredients and culinary preferences. For instance, Rakhine mohinga has more fish paste and less soup. The standard version comes from Lower Myanmar, where fresh fish is more readily available. The most popular varieties of mohinga come from the Irrawaddy Delta, which are commonly dubbed tawchet mohinga (lit.'rural style mohinga').[5] Several well-known mohinga shops in Yangon serve Irrawaddy delta-style mohinga, including Myaungmya Daw Cho and Bogalay Daw Nyo.[6]

AvailabilityEdit

It is perhaps the most popular breakfast dish of all, now available as an "all-day breakfast" in many towns and cities. Mohinga is also served with all the trimmings at formal functions and it is also sold in dry packets as a ready-made powder that is used for making the broth. Street hawkers are the original purveyors of this popular dish doing the rounds through neighborhoods where they have regular customers.[4] They carry the soup cauldron on a stove on one side of a shoulder pole and rice vermicelli and other ingredients along with bowls and spoons on the other.[4] It used to be available only early in the morning and at street pwès or open air stage performances and zat pwès or itinerant theatres at night. Trishaw peddlers began to appear in the 1960s and some of them set up pavement stalls making mohinga available all day.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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