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Rangoon - what's the big deal?

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Rangoon - what's the big deal?

Smellchipper | Jan 8, 2006 10:20 AM

Howdy!
Have eaten at Rangoon the past two Saturday nights, and although it is definitely a warm, friendly, and family-friendly (ramp instead of stairs, lots of babies inside, older kids too) place, I haven't been blown away by the food.

first time:
1,000 layer bread with vatana beans
vegetarian delight
pork and chiles
mango and sweet rice

The 1,000 layer bread was delicious, but it's deep fried junk food. The vegetarian delight was bland. The pork and chiles wasn't so good until i realized that the chiles weren't just decoration and then it was hot, smoky and delicious.

second time:
assorted appetizer
jungle curry w/ veggies
chicken coconut curry
mint beef kebab

Appetizers were deep fried onions, a spring roll and a samosa.
The jungle curry was the only real winner. A delicious sauce with juicy bits of soy and bell peppers that looked like they had just been chopped, rather than chopped that morning and sitting around in their juices and with onions like at a lot of places. Very satisfying dish. The chicken coconut curry was very one-dimensional. Didn't offer much beyond the texture of the chicken, which was pleasantly moist. the mint beef kebab was decent, but not especially minty. The sauce it was in wasn't tremendously flavorful.

So are there some amazing dishes that we've been missing? Because right now I don't see much reason to go back there rather than one of the Vietnamese places a couple blocks away.

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