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SF Lunch Series #20.1 report: Burma Super Star

Al@Fairfax | Sep 10, 200410:45 PM

Ten of us gathered for lunch and, shockingly, of this lively and hungry group only one had paper and writing implement. It is due to this circumsance that I am the victim attempting to report on the meal. One of us (was it Alex?) told me to check the Burma S.S. website for correct menu descriptions and names of our dishes. However, my best efforts, including a Chowhound search, only found descriptions of Burma Super Star but no website or menu. When I got to the website for the Burmese python, python molurus bivittatus, I resigned myself to attempting to recreate our lunch menu from my embarrassingly sketchy and nearly illegible notes. I am trusting my companions to fill in details and descriptions on this list.

Two salads, tea leaf and ginger.
Yellow bean tofu.
Samosa soup.
Chicken curry.
Beef kabat.
Pan-fried shrimp.
Super Star noodles.
Curry noodle soup (phonetically: ono cassway)
Hollow stem vegetable.
Coconut jasmine rice and cardamon jasmine rice
Mixed vegetable curry.

As my first venture into Burmese cuisine, I enjoyed most of the dishes for the liveliness of flavors--garlic, chilis, lemon grass (I think)--which were very similar to Thai although with less presence. Specifically, I enjoyed the salads which were the same chopped lettuce with several kinds of toasted seeds, crispy fried garlic among other ingredients, tossed at the table by our very helpful server. I wanted more fermented tea leaves, though, and was happiest when I mixed the ginger in with the tea. I was not fond of the samosa soup, although I may be alone in this; both soup and samosa were fine but I would have preferred them individually. I loved the "ono cassway" and thanks to Ed for that, whatever its name is. I loved the ginger lemonade, too.

I was really happy to meet new Chowhounds, Sue being the only familiar face to me; conversation was a pleasure. What a great bunch we are, eh folks? And it was very good to have a visit from Melanie who stopped by to say hello before being forced to leave to take care of family needs.



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