Just returned from Daw Yee Myanmar Cafe in MP off of Garvey on Rural.
I'm by no means an expert on Burmese Food, but have had the cuisine across Southeast Asia (though never in Myanmar), and scattered cities across the US. Daw Yee is a solid family run restaurant using quality ingredients.
Nice space, attentive service. The chef, Delylon, came out to toss our Tea Leaf Salad and Mrs. Yee (Daw Yee) explained many of the components of the menu. Jared, another member of the family, was extraordinarily helpful too.
We went on the early side and were the only non-Burmese speaking patrons in the restaurant. Other patrons, in addition to eating at the restaurant, left with copious amounts of to-go containers. I guess no cooking this week at their house. And lucky them!
We had the Mohinga (catfish noodle soup thickened with toasted ground rice, Bangkok 1 Spicy Scale), Myanmar Tofu (chickpeas and tumeric, not soy) Thoke (pronounced "doke") which is in the salad category, Tea Leaf Salad (with pickled tea leaves), Lamb Curry, Tapioca Cake, Young Coconut Water, and Mint Lemonade. The coconut water was a great pairing, but I was longing for a Riesling (will bring my flask next time). We needed to adjust the Mint Lemonade with a little more lemon to balance the sweetness.
All dishes were solid, but our faves were the Myanmar Tofu Thoke and the Lamb Curry. We'd probably order the curry with the biryani or platha next time.
Dishes range from $6 - $8. The Chicken Curry is listed as organic on the menu. Want to try that next time along with platha and more salads.
Can't wait to go back. Closed on Tuesdays.
DAW YEE MYANMAR CAFE
111 North Rural Drive
Monterey Park, CA 91755
Open 11am - 9pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Credit cards accepted