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newly open Burmese Food in SF

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ThaDu Mar 5, 2007 06:58 PM

Open eight months ago, Burmese food in down town San Francisco. Open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Haven't had a chance to try it yet. basic food ginger salad, tea leave salad, tofu salad, coconut noodle, mok-hin-kah etc.
Larkin Express Deli
452 Larkin st, san francisco
bet golden gate & turk
415 474 5569

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: ThaDu Mar 6, 2007 02:10 PM

    Note for possible searches, that's Civic Center / Tenderloin.

    1. Melanie Wong RE: ThaDu Mar 6, 2007 05:07 PM

      Would you know if there's space for sitting down and eating in or take-out only?

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        Zeldog RE: Melanie Wong Mar 7, 2007 12:19 PM

        About a dozen tables, mostly for two. From the outside you'd never know they serve Burmese food. There's a big sign in one window listing all the sandwiches they sell, and the first half of the menu is typical American deli fare.

        Most of the curries are $6.95. Noodles and salads a little less. And if you're not in the mood for Burmese, the pastrami sandwich looked pretty good.

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          Melanie Wong RE: Zeldog Mar 7, 2007 01:36 PM

          Thanks much for giving it the look-see. Hope to hear how it rates on the deliciousness scale from someone, as I'm out of town for a while.

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        Bodegadawg RE: ThaDu Mar 6, 2007 06:06 PM

        Hounds,
        A couple of weeks ago taking a taxi from SFO to my house, I had a Burmese driver. I asked him about what he thought about Mandalay, and Burma Super Star. He very graciously informed me that those two were "OK" but in his humble opinion the best food was at Larkin Street.

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          jeffreak RE: ThaDu Mar 7, 2007 05:49 PM

          I've gone twice since it's fairly close to my office. Shared the tea leaf salad and the fish chowder the first time. The tea leaf salad was a lot wetter and had more fried garlic than the one at Burma Superstar and the waitress brought over some rice and suggested that we mix it in. The fish chowder was good but I didn't like the noodles in the soup that were very soft although I'm not sure if they're supposed to be that way.
          The second time I got the chicken coconut noodle soup and I really liked this one. It was smooth and creamy and the noodles in this one were firmer and thicker. It was a cold day too so this was a good variation on the standard chicken noodle soup. I may have to try the curries next time but some of the meat looked like it had been sitting too long and maybe started to toughen up.
          The lady who works the counter is super nice and she would come over and ask how me and my friends were liking the food. I wonder if it's because we ordered the Burmese food cause it didn't look like she was visiting the people who had ordered sandwiches.

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            Melanie Wong RE: jeffreak Mar 7, 2007 10:11 PM

            Thank you! I'm excited about the chicken coconut noodle soup (ono kauk swe), one of my favorite things, and can't wait to try it.

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              ThaDu RE: Melanie Wong Mar 9, 2007 01:36 PM

              while there try the fermented shrimp salad and ask some sample of "nga-pee-kyaw" it makes out of dry shrimp powder, hum-ha, fried garlic and onion of course chili powder. people will just put a a piece of green mango and a little of this and eat with rice.you might want to try the "kauk-swe-toke" noodle, tofu rice lettuce sea weed temaric juice fish sauce dry shrimp powder etc.

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                Melanie Wong RE: ThaDu Mar 9, 2007 04:50 PM

                I think I had some of that condiment at Yamo. It was the best thing that whole meal. I took a big portion home and we enjoyed it later with rice.

          2. Melanie Wong RE: ThaDu Apr 24, 2007 07:36 PM

            Thanks for the head's up, Patrick. Here's my post on the chicken coconut noodle soup.
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/395129

            And, if anyone's interested in what else is available, here's the non-Burmese menu,
            http://farm1.static.flickr.com/193/44...

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              ThaDu RE: Melanie Wong Apr 24, 2007 09:36 PM

              Melanie: glad you have a chance to try it out. the coconut noodle looks really good. May be we can do a chowdown there one friday (my day off). If you happen to be in San Gabriel area in south calif. they have a "Yoma" burmese restaurant on gravey ave in monterey park. I heard it is quite decent. Opened a bout a year ago.

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