October 15, 2011 Off

Burma Superstar (SF: Inner Richmond)

By in 04: SF+Bay Area, Favorite Food Entries

This very popular, yet no reservation Burmese restaurant open at 5pm, and you’ll see the line forming outside everyday. I heard about how legendary the crowd is, my friends and I lined up outside before the door opens and got a table without any problem. LA doesn’t have much Burmese restaurants so this is a rare treat for me.

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Burmese Samusas
Burmese raviolis hand wrapped and filled with curry spices, potatoes, deep fried, and served with our house special sauce. The pastry is soft and fresh.

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Tea Leaf Salad
This is one of their most famous dishes. The tea leaf, named Lahpet (the dark green pasty stuff in the photo) is a Burmese delicacy. It is a type of fermented/pickled tea leaf that is rich and pungent tasting that’s unlike anything I’ve taste before. For lack of a better comparison, imagined the first time you tried a very pungent blue cheese. The result is an amazing explosion of taste and textures, and every bite is a wonder.

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Coconut Rice 
Aromatic jasmine rice cooked with coconut milk and topped with fried onions Wow the rice is so creamy and rich in light, sweet coconut aroma and umami taste. This is my favorite out of all the really unforgettable dishes and I have to look up how to make it myself. How can I eat this again now that I’m back to LA…T__T

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Left: Burmese Style Curry made with tomatos.  Right: Vegetarian Samusa Soup

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Chili Lamb
Stir fried lamb with dried and fresh chili, onion and basil This is heavenly, the lamb is very tender and the onion gave a sweetness that balance well with the chili and spiciness.

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Pumpkin Pork Stew – Tender pork stew slow cooked with kabocha squash and ginger. Despite it sounded homely it’s one of the most loved and tastiest dish on the table that I couldn’t stop eating.

You can see influence from different neighboring cultures (Chinese, Indian, Thailand) and the result is an absolute taste explosion. Everything is very flavorful yet different and memorable. I wish I can come back here to try everything.

Burma Superstar (415) 387-2147
309 Clement St (between 4th Ave & 5th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94118


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