Street Stores

Burma Bazar

locationGeorge Town
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We Found A Bit Of Burma Right Here In Chennai, At These Noodle Stalls

Anna posted on 21 November

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A trip to Burma Bazaar in George Town {near Parry’s Corner} will get you more than over-sized teddy bears, cute gifts and other collectibles. Just follow the scent of the food being cooked and you’ll come across stalls making and serving the much talked about Atho Noodles.

Street Smart

Walk along the inside streets of Burma Bazaar in the evenings and you’re going to be surrounded by motorists rushing to find the perfect parking spot, people running in and out of ATMs to get the correct amount of change, because there’s one thing that Burma Bazaar is famous for and that is their vegetarian Atho Noodles. It might take you a while to find the right stalls that sell the perfect bowl, but if you’re up for the challenge, it’s worth the trial and error. And it costs about INR 70 only!

We stopped by a stall at the head of Jehangir Street {if you can’t see the street sign, you’ve gone too far ahead} and watched and waited as the men working the stall set up for the day. They show up at 4pm and then get to working with boiling water for the noodles, chopping vegetables at the speed of light and preparing every element that goes into making a bowl of Atho Noodles.

Atho-lutely Popular

According to Google, the stall that we visited is called Aziz Atho Stall, but if you speak with the men making your food, it doesn’t have a name. In fact, they won’t even tell you their name unless you’re a regular! But the stall has been in that same place for 38 years, and was started by the chef’s {we use the term lightly} wife, but then she had other responsibilities and stepped away to let her husband take over. There are also other Burmese stalls in and around this area that offer Atho noodles, but we decided to stick to this one.

A Tale Of Atho

A Burmese dish, Atho came to Chennai when Tamil refugees left Myanmar. Atho is derived from the word athoke which simply means a salad made with rice and/or noodles and other vegetables. The Atho that you are now served in Burma Bazaar sticks to the traditional style by cooking noodles with cabbage, onions, tamarind, chilli powder and lemon juice and then hand-tossed in garlic oil. It might not be the most pleasant sight to witness, but the food does taste pretty good. But they’ve got more than just Atho on the menu, they also serve khowsuey {also a Burmese dish} which is similar to Atho, but with the addition of coconut milk.

By the time we were ready to leave, there were more than 30 people waiting at the stall for their bowl of Atho, chatting away with the owners about a few special touches to their food. Popular with the working crowd in that area, Atho Noodles is definitely the perfect tea-time snack.

#LBBTip

They set up between 4 and 5 pm, so if you get there a little after 5pm, you’ll get the first bowl that is still hot and filled with all the goodness!

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Street Stores

Burma Bazar

    Location Details
    locationGeorge Town

    North Beach Road, Chennai Port Trust, George Town, Chennai

    3.9
    ic_star_full_black_48px copy
    Street Stores

    Burma Bazar

    locationGeorge Town