Dig in to Bogalay Zay’s U Ka Ni salad
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.
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.