Tin Tin Aye serves up a rich and intense broth for those who really truly appreciate mohinga.
Mohinga is a divisive dish. For some, the prospect of eating fish-based rice noodle soup (especially in the morning) is too much to contemplate. For others, the pure sense of satisfaction that comes in a bowl of mohinga trumps any preconceptions of what ‘breakfast’ should be.
Obviously, we fall into the second camp.
And it’s not the first time we’re written about mohinga (see our previous review of the excellent noodles at Myaungmya Daw Cho). But this, this is a post about a serious bowl of mohinga.
For the uninitiated, there are several different variations of mohinga, with varying levels of the following:
- Fishiness – both in terms of the intensity of the fish flavour and the amount of morsels of fish contained in the soup
- Thickness – some prefer a watery broth, while others want to see a thicker stock
- Pepperiness – self explanatory, with some places infusing more pepper than others
- And really, many other variations, including aromatics (amount of lemongrass, banana blossom, onion), additions for added flavour and texture (fried split pea fritters, bean fitters, duck eggs, etc.) garnish (lime, coriander, green beans), and type of noodle (thin or thick rice noodles)…
But for now, lets concentrate on the first three. Because at Tin Tin Aye, what you get is an intense version of all of them: a very fishy, very thick and very peppery broth. It’s not for beginner mohinga consumers.
Tin Tin Aye serves up a lusciously rich and intense broth, coating every strand of thin rice noodles. Topped with gratifyingly crunchy fried pea fritters, a generous handful of coriander and an unctuous duck egg. All for 900 MMK (less than $1 USD).
For all those reasons and more, we can definitively say that Tin Tin Aye serves our favourite mohinga in Yangon. At least for now…
TIN TIN AYE
Price: 900 MMK per bowl (including toppings)
Must orders: Mohinga (obviously) and the split pea fritters
Food for: Serious mohinga fans
Address: We went to the Sanchaung branch (Sanchaung Road, close to Pyay Road). There are four locations in total, the most popular in Yankin (Kanbe Road, between Yan Nyein St and Yankin Road)
Notes: Closes at 10 am, so get there early or be prepared to be disappointed