Dig in to Bo­galay Zay’s U Ka Ni salad

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ON Bo­galay Zay Street, ev­ery­one knows about U Ka Ni’s salad.

U Ka Ni es­tab­lished his salad shop there in 1998. He didn’t name his shop. He didn’t have to.

The shop, now be­ing run by his son, also serves hot and spicy mo­hinga, rice noo­dle salad, noo­dle salad and mixed salad, the favourite of most of his cus­tomers.

Slices of green pa­paya, cab­bage, noo­dles, rice noo­dles, red rice (mixed with chilli sauce) and pota­toes are tossed in a bowl mixed to or­der. Dried shrimp pow­der, pea flour, flavour­ing, more chilli, oil and tamarind also go into the mix.

In U Ka Ni’s shop, they se­lect and grind the chilli pow­der them­selves and mix it in oil. If you like it hot, just let them do it their way. Oth­er­wise, tell them to hold the chilli.

The salad comes with myinn khwar ywat, a kind of pen­ny­wort used medic­i­nally and as a veg­etable.

They charge K300 for any salad or mo­hinga. For an ex­tra K100 they will add thee kyaw (fried gourd) or pe kyaw (fried gluti­nous rice dough with chick­peas), or for K200, a slice of fried feath­erback fish. A boiled egg will cost you an ex­tra K300.

The shop is lo­cated at the cor­ner of Bo­galay Zay Street and Mer­chant Road, be­side Ga­mone Pwint shop­ping cen­tre. But you can ask any passer-by. U Ka Ni salad shop is open from 2pm to 9pm ev­ery day ex­cept Sun­day.

Pho­tos: Nyo Me

A street food ven­dor mixes the fa­mous U Ka Ni Salad. The salad is a mix of green pa­paya, cab­bage, noo­dles, red rice and pota­toes.

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