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Village Mingala report

MV | Mar 16, 2006 04:10 PM

Having come across this restaurant on Menu pages and not having had Burmese food before i decided to hit it up for lunch today. I also posted a question requesting recs yesterday for which i thank those that posted. Never having had Burmese food before I really did not have a good frame of reference, just my own taste of what i like.

My friend and i split the green tea leaf salad for an appetizer. The salad consisted of tea leaves, cabbage, tomatoes, peanuts, and split yellow beans. This was quite good, somewhat like a Thai salas it had a great combination of flavours and textures. The dressing was lemony and light and all of the ingredients were a good balance. It had some cilantro in it and i could have gone for more, but i really dont know how much it is used in burmese cuisine. the peanuts were extremely crunchy(fried?) as were the dark fried shallots that were put on top and provided a really great crunch to it.

We both decided to go with lunch specials which came with soup or salad. We both decided on the soup. They borught out a small bowl of a chicken based soup with corn, onions and some sort of fungus. This was mildly chickeny and the corn added a nice sweetness to it. There really wasnt much to it and i wouldnt rave about it or go out of my way to have it again, however i did enjoy it.

I ordered the pork with pickled mango curry and potatoes. I love pickled mangoes so i decided upon this as opposed to the spicy beef. I am not sure if this was the right choice for Burmese food but figured what the hell. The dish came out and looked and smelled very much like a punjabi curry. It tasted much like one too. If i were to be served this at an Indian steam table place i wouldnt have thought it to different from normal fare. This was good but mild.

My dining companion got the Rnagoon night market noodles. I told her of the negative comment this got on Chowhound but she got it anyways. What came out was a plate of darkly coloured noodles with a few pieces of duck and some crispy deep fried onions. this was pretty bland. It really tasted like lo mein at an americanized chinese restaurant. The few pieces of duck were good as were any bites with the onions.

Anyways im not sure what i was looking for but it was a pretty mediocre experience for me. I think i was looking for bolder tastes which i expected from a country wedged between thailand, india and china. I am by no means judging Burmese cuisine solely by this place and am wondering if the restaurant is toned down for american tastes. Aside from the salad everything was mediocre. I will definitely return and try some of the other things chowhounders reccomended.

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