+
Markets & Stores

Need source for Burmese tea leaves (laphet, lephet)

Herb | Sep 9, 200407:21 PM     19

I'm a big fan of Burmese tea leaf salad (laphet thoke, lephet thote, lap pat dok, among many other English transliterations), which I first came to know and love at Mandalay Restaurant in San Francisco. But my home in Santa Cruz County, California is too far from the nearest Burmese restaurant to make my craving an easy one to satisfy.

I'm looking for a source of tea leaves (laphet) so I can prepare my own tea leaf salad. I've asked at a couple of Burmese restaurants; at one I was told "We know this Burmese sailor, and whenever he comes to San Francisco he brings us a big supply." Interesting, but not too useful for me, as I don't know even a single officer of the Myanmar Merchant Marine. At another restaurant the staff claimed perfect ignorance of the source of their leaves, perhaps fearing that I was a Treasury agent in search of Burmese trade ban violators.

And so I turn to you, Chowhounds. Can anyone provide a source for Burmese laphet tea leaves? Thanks.

Link: http://www.innwa.com/dev/kitchen/news...

Image: http://www.innwa.com/dev/kitchen/News...

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

Invite a friend to chime in on this discussion.

Email a Friend

More from Chowhound

These 11 Spicy Snacks for Heat Seekers Pack a Punch
Recipe Round-Ups

These 11 Spicy Snacks for Heat Seekers Pack a Punch

by Chris Rochelle | Do you carry hot sauce with you wherever you go? Squirt Sriracha on everything? Chow down on chili...

Hang On to Sweet Summer with Back-to-School Meals You Can BBQ
Recipe Round-Ups

Hang On to Sweet Summer with Back-to-School Meals You Can BBQ

by Laurie Wilson | If you're just not ready to let go of summer but you can hear the bloody school bell ringing in the...

This Rustic Raspberry Tart Is Ridiculously Easy (And Delicious)
How To

This Rustic Raspberry Tart Is Ridiculously Easy (And Delicious)

by Chowhound Editors | Our best raspberry tart recipe is bursting with ripe fruit, ridiculously easy to make, and perfect...

Cauliflower Is King: Here's Why It Rules
Guides

Cauliflower Is King: Here's Why It Rules

by Amy Sowder | In the past, even in healthy eating circles, cauliflower paled in comparison to more vibrant, assertive...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.