Thursday, March 24, 2011

Review - Burma Superstar

Burma Superstar


The first thing I had to figure out, what is Burmese food?  I mean, I understand it's from Burma, but I have never been exposed to this kind of cuisine.  This place gets amazing reviews, so we decided to give it a try, not knowing what to expect.  The only tip we'd had to was to try some tea leaf salad.  hmm...

Hidden in a sketchy little area of SF, is a small restaurant, with quite a large crowd.  Fortunately we had no wait for a table, but saw a line form shortly after we were seated.  They don't take reservations, so either come early, or plan to wait!

After reading through the menu, I realized that this sounds like a mix of Thai, Chinese and Indian food... We like Thai.  We like Chinese.  We like Indian.  So we just jumped in and started ordering!

We started our meal with the Platha and Dip.  OMG.  I had to take all my strength not to lick the blow clean! The dip was coconut curry with shreds of chicken.   The Platha was buttery and crispy, it was amazing.  I have yet to find anything that compares.  It's very similar to Indian style Paratha, or unleavened bread that is layered with Ghee.  The combo of these two were heaven.

Next we tried the Tea Leaf Salad.   I don't exactly know how to rave about a salad, but this one was amazing.  It's served untossed, and the server tosses it at the table.  Chopped lettuce with diced tomatoes, fried garlic, chickepeas, peanuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and fresh lemon juice with a pile of fermented tea leaves.   We had ours without the dried shrimp. So it turns out that due to trade restrictions, it's near impossible to find fermented tea leaves in the states.  Somehow Burma Superstar has found a way or smuggle these in.  I have tried the packaged kind before, and they were just plain nasty.  It was nothing like what they use in this salad.  The flavor is savory, a little sour, a little bit musky.  But it really is amazing and worth a try!

We also tried the Spicy and Crispy Chicken. This is where the Chinese influence came in.  It was good, really crispy, really full of flavor, not the highlight of the meal but it was good!

And the Coconut Rice. This was good, and could probably easily be made at home. Rice cooked in coconut milk, topped with fried onions.  Yum!

This place is definitely worth making a trip to, I saw that there are also locations in Oakland and Alameda.  Next time we are in Northern Cal, we may have to try another location and hope for no line!

Burma Superstar
San Francisco - Richmond
309 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Lunch: Monday - Sunday 11:30am - 3:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday & Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
             Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm

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