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Burmese Noodles @ T-28 in San Francisco

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Burmese Noodles @ T-28 in San Francisco

Melanie Wong | Sep 17, 2006 08:58 PM

When rworange posted her inquiry last month about T-28, a Macau/Hong Kong-style coffee shop, the cite of "samosas with curry spicy potatoes" caught my eye. I wondered if there might be a Burmese twist here too. Pulling up the menu link she provided, I found a section listing five Burmese-style noodle dishes.

Yesterday I was out in the Sunset all afternoon and afterwards had a chance to stop by for dinner. #36 on the menu, "chicken with coconut milk and lemon grass noodle soup, $5.25" sounded like the Burmese dish called, ono kauk swe, so that's what I wanted.

Yellow curried chicken stock strikes a deep note with just enough coconut milk for a sweet tropical fragrance mingled with the scent of stalks of lemon grass and fresh cilantro. A small bit of chili paste from the condiment tray added a needed note of tartness and spice. Chunks of long-stewed dark meat chicken on the bone top softish thick egg noodles. No hard-cooked egg or fried garlic or shallots, yet the bowl is garnished with fried, crispy yellow pea crackers. Lacking great complexity or the refinement of better versions, still this offered up a comforting taste and simple warmth that made it satisfying.

T-28 Bakery & Cafe
1753 - 1757 Taraval St. @ 28th Ave.
San Francisco
415.682.8200

Image of chicken with coconut milk and lemon grass noodle soup:
http://static.flickr.com/84/245166867...

Recent thread about T-28 Bakery & Cafe:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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