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Yona Burmese in Monterey Park

Stan | Jul 3, 200408:03 PM

Yona is on a stretch of Garvey where some of the signs still say things like "Since 1922". It's a small, cheery place with Buddhist stuff on the walls, Burmese CD's for sale, and a television showing videos of Burmese bands playing American country-rock to very polite audiences. (What, you've never heard a Burmese cover of "Tequila Sunrise"?)

I got the Tom Yum Kai soup, the fish cake curry, and something from the Burmese-only section of the lunch menu that the waiter described as a kind of bread. I thought I had ordered chicken soup, but the soup was made of shrimp and mushrooms in your basic lemongrass and chili broth. The shrimp was nothing special but the broth was rather good. The fish cake curry, however, was a disappointment. The fish cakes were rather large and quite dense, so they didn't particularly benefit from being in the curry, and the curry had little enough flavor that it seemed to be entirely absorbed by the rice. The bread turned out to be fried, and was so sodden with grease that my arteries were in fully rebellion as I was eating it.

So my lunch there wasn't so great. I might be inclined to try it again if someone could tell me that I had ordered the wrong things, and didn't I know that this is a northeast-central Burmese place where you order the such-and-such, and not a suburban Rangoon type of place where the fish cake curries are the best. But otherwise I probably wouldn't get back around to it.

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