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Recommendation: BURMA!

Sandy In DC | Feb 8, 2004 09:45 PM

I'd never tried Burmese food until a trip to Burma (740 6th Street NW) last week, it was fantastic!
It was very inexpensive and everyone (went with a group of 4) was so happy with their meal. Here were some of the highlights (I took a menu so I could report back to the chowhounds with accuracy!):

Salads:
Green Tea Leaf salad--Burmese green tea leaves soaked in garlic oil, mixed with sesame seeds, ground shrimp, peanuts, and lemon juice.
Spring Ginger Salad--Young tender ginger roots tossed with shredded carrots, cabbage, sesame seeds, toasted bean, peanuts, lemon juice and crispy onions

The salads were incredibly fresh and light. Flavors were unusual and very pronounced. Loved them both.

Meal:
Kauswe Thoke--Noodles tossed with ground shrimp, onion, cilantro, hot pepper, garlic, and fresh lemon juice. VERY spicy and we all loved it!
Burmese Mango Pork--this was my favorite. The pork was so tender it fell apart, and a wonderful sweet/spicy flavor.
Beef Sauteed Kebab--this was incredibly tender and delicious
Shrimp Tofu--tofu stir fried in hot chili sauce with shrimp
Kokang Chicken--tender pieces of chicken breast steamed and served with sesame, soya, cilantro, ginger, garlic, onions, and lemon juice. This was my husband's favorite--meat was not 'sauced'--very simple yet flavorful.

There were several other items that looked very appealing but we did not order because there were only four of us. Next time I would try the Black Bean Pork, the Sauteed Squid (with country ham!!), and as a southern gal, the Okra Salad of course!

It's a small and friendly place, the price can't be beat, and the food is just great. Enjoy!
Sandy

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