Ha Tai Wa
There are some days when all we want is traditional Wa food, served on a rattan tray, lined with banana leaves. For days like these, we go to Ha Tai Wa.
The hand pilaf set (30,000 kyats), will feed two with ease. A large mound of rice comes surrounded by a smorgasbord of fiery meat and vegetable dishes. The big, meaty prawns, cooked with pepper and garlic were there one moment and gone the next (so they were good), and the marinated barbequed pork was a perfect match for the pickled green mustard leaves salsa. Wa cuisine is well known for its spicy characteristics – the chili mash (minus the potatoes) was potent. When applied to the incredibly moreish minced chicken with pickled bamboo shoots, expect an atomic experience that only large handfuls (it’s the only way to eat from banana leaves) of glutinous black rice will calm.
Ha Tai Wa is not the easiest place to find, but if you are looking to dine somewhere a little bit different, it’s well worth the effort.
Ha Tai Wa:
No 10, Aung Thukha Street, 5 Quarter, 9 Miles, Mayangone Township.
T: 01-660376, 09-2045283, 09-421126710