I joined four others for a great lunch of Burmese food today at Minglaba in Burlingame. We ordered:
[Burmese Fried Squash and Onion -- they were out of this, so instead we got]
Burmese Vegetarian Samusas
Tea Leaf Salad (Lap Pat Dok)
Moo Hing Nga soup
(Burmese styled fish chowder soup with lemongrass, ginger, onion and garlic)
Burmese Style Pan Fried String Bean with dry shrimp and tofu
House Special Noodles
(Flat noodle with coconut chicken, lime leaves, yellow pea powder, onion and fried noodles on top)
Burmese Style Noodle
(Noodles tossed with cucumbers, potatoes, chili sauce, dried shrimp and cabbage)
For the five of us, including tax and tip, it was $17 a person, and we were all full and had food leftover. My favorite dishes were the palatha (though Cecily said that it was greasier than when she had had it in the past), the tea leaf salad, and the String Beans, which had an amazing flavor and texture from the spice paste that was used, hopefully someone there will chime in with the name of it. We wanted to order the ginger salad, but we were told that it was similar to the tea leaf, so we ordered that and the rainbow salad instead. The house special noodle had a great flavor from the kaffir lime leaves that were used.
We particularly asked for the regular menu, because there were lots of lunch specials on the lunch menu, but we wanted to sample a range of the menu. There are a lot of chinese dishes on the menu, but everything that is Burmese has an asterisk, so that's something to look out for. We avoided most of the meat of the menu, and stuck to appetizers, salads, sides and noodles, which I think served us well.
Thanks to all who came, I had a great time lunching with you!
1213 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010