New Shan Yoe Yar Opens in Yankin

By Lwin Mar Htun 12 July 2019

Popular local eatery Shan Yoe Yar, billed as Myanmar’s first ever Shan-style fine dining restaurant, opened its third branch on Thursday, July 11, at the corner of Aung Zeya Road and Min Ye Kyaw Swar street in Yankin Township.

The entrance to the new Shan Yoe Yar in Yankin Township. / Htet Wai / The Irrawaddy.

Surrounded by a large compound containing a small garden, the building’s design is inspired by the style of the Haw Nan—a Shan palace, residence of the Shan Sawbwa, or prince. When The Irrawaddy arrived recently, Shan traditional instruments played invitingly by the entrance, welcoming guests in.

A Guest enjoys a Shan buffet at the opening of Shan Yoe Yar’s newest branch. / Htet Wai / The Irrawaddy

This Haw Nan is a two-storey building, with a ground floor that contains three dining rooms—including a private room called Nan Ting. Upstairs, three private rooms are named after three different rivers in Shan State, and each is tastefully decorated with black and white photography of famous people and places throughout the northern state’s mountains and hilly plateaus. Besides the private rooms, there are a few tables set up in a dining hall-like area.

It is a large, clean, comfortable restaurant that, while able to host between 70 and 100 people, somehow maintains an intimate, even cozy vibe. Come winter, staff tell The Irrawaddy, the outside area will be open for dining as well.

The Shan food buffet served at the new location’s opening day is seen. / Htet Wai / The Irrawaddy

The food at Shan Yoe Yar—tradition Shan cuisine made with fresh ingredients—is already popular with locals and foreigners alike. The restaurant’s most popular dishes include their much beloved Shan noodles, beef meatball noodle, Shan-style potato croquettes, Inle Hinn Htoke (chicken and Shan vegetables steamed in banana leaf), fried Shan tofu and their tradition soups and salads.

Belly up to the restaurant’s new bar counter. / Htet Wai / The Irrawaddy

With a wide-ranging menu, Shan Yoe Yar offers breakfast, quick lunches and a full dinner menu, including simple appetizers and a selection of cocktails.

The interior decoration at the new location. / Htet Wai / The Irrawaddy

Shan Yoe Yar’s first restaurant opened in June 2013 on War Dan Street, in Lanmadaw Township—housed in a structure also resembling the Shan Haw Nan style.

People pose at a photo booth for opening day. / Htet Wai / The Irrawaddy

Their second branch, in Sule Square, opened in 2016.

The new location is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday.

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