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did i eat mohinga?

augustiner | | Jan 29, 2007 06:17 PM

i had a quick bite at yamo, which i hadn't been to since it went burmese. i know yamo has it's fans, so i thought i'd give it a shot. i ordered the fish chowder under noodle soups, and a young coconut (for which i got an envious inquiry from another patron. they're on the menu! just listed as young coconut juice, but yep, you get the whole coconut.)

the fish chowder didn't really have any identifiable chunks of fish in it. the flesh had broken down into the soup, which had a starch-thickened texture, so the fish was suspended, like egg-drop threads. the noodles were rice vermicelli, and the dish was topped with crunchy chunks of fried yellow split pea fritter and cilantro. the dish didn't seem to have much spice, and i don't know if it is supposed to. i added a scant teaspoon full of chili flakes in oil, which brightened it considerably.

i don't know how i feel about this dish. i appreciate its economy, ($5.25) but the thick, slurry-like soup made it difficult to eat the noodles. and although the flavors were good, and i appreciated the crunchy pea fritters, i wish i could identify the fish used. as the dish cooled down and all of the long noodles were eaten, the pea fritters sort of dissolved into the soup, adding flavors, and the broken bits of leftover noodle were easily scooped with a spoon. so i' d say it was awkward to eat at first, but in the home stretch the flavors really came together.

oh i forgot to ask the ladies there if this was the dish "mohinga," from what i've heard, this sounds like it, albeit a bit watered down and lacking some of the usual garnishes? anyone else? thoughts?