After reading a recent post about where to eat in SF, I heard people talk about Little Yangoon in Daly City as the best Burmese food in the Bay Area. Burmese food is new to me, because I haven't ever seen it outside of SF. I'd fallen in love with Burmese Kitchen on Larkin, so I wanted to see if could be beaten.
Well, it could.
Little Yangoon is on Mission St on the Top of the Hill area of Daly City. Parking was pretty easy, and the place is pretty cute. It's very big and bright, with high ceilings and lots of South East Asian art on the walls. Sadly, the place only had a few customers and it was completely empty when we left.
The menu is a lot more extensive than Burmese Kitchen's, and features a number of noodle dishes that I don't recall on BK's. There were also a number of dishes whose names were only written in transliterated Burmese. The menu also wasn't as descriptive as BK's, as some of the dishes titles were pretty basic ("fish curry" and "chicken curry" come to mind). There were also a number of dishes that were listed as weekend only, but forgive me, I forgot to write them down.
We ordered the tea leaf and ginger salads to start. The tea leaf salad was far more complex than BK's. It tasted earthier. The ginger salad had a much stronger ginger flavor, which made it taste better to me. It tasted extremely fresh.
The mains were also very good. We had the chicken biryani and Burmese BBQ chicken. The quality of the biryani was far higher than BK's. The rice tasted richer, and the quality was much higher. The chicken was also mostly pulled off the bone, which showed a greater attention to detail. There were also more raisins (which are more expensive), but the portion was HUGE for $7.99. The BBQ chicken was a little disappointing, mostly because it wasn't quite as flavorful as I had been hoping for.
The prices in general were a little higher than BK's, but the quality of the produce tasted much higher and the portions were larger. I will definitely go back to Burmese Kitchen because it is far more convenient, but I'll definitely return to Little Yangoon when I want an adventure.
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