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brucesw | May 15, 201502:09 PM     3

5757 Ranchester @ Harwin, just down from Texas Hamburger Palace

It's our first Burmese restaurant.

I had done some research on this a couple of months ago in preparation for a visit but just went on a lark today when I was out driving about wanting something for lunch. I remembered raves about the Tea Leaf Salad so I had that and also went for the Steamed whole fish. Based on the quantity of food and how filling it was, it was fortunate they weren't able to do the Burmese pancake I had ordered as an appetizer.

The tea leaf salad is one of the national dishes of Burma. Pickled tea leaves, peanuts, lots and lots of peanuts, very crunchy peanuts, some tomato, a little finely shredded cabbage I think, some oil, a little ginger and garlic. I loved it and highly recommend it. I'd go back just for that.

My whole steamed fish turned out to be two whole steamed fish, tilapias, in a lime based broth with lots of cilantro, Chinese celery, perhaps, slivers of ginger, probably some lemon grass. Very good also. I looked up a recipe for this online and it may actually be a Thai preparation.

I asked for both dishes spicy and I was not disappointed - you will see the flecks of red chile. I saw the whole fried fish coming out - it was a very dark brown, way past golden brown, so I have my doubts about it but it smelled good (wound up at the table right behind me). The most interesting dish I saw also went to table behind me and have no idea what it was except perhaps some large dumpling?

There are some readable images of the menu on the Yelp listing; there are lots of fried rice dishes, soups, salads, and some Thai dishes. A daily special listed was a Rakhine Salad. Rakhine is a state on the west coast of Burma/Myanmar so this is a regional specialty.

It's a smallish place, clean and bright. Not fancy but not a dump at all. There was only one FOH person, maybe 2 in the kitchen, so there was some wait. There was no language problem.

I'm very eager to go back and try some more dishes.

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