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Jan 11, 2008 01:47 PM

jasmine market - burmese food - thx j. gold!

went for lunch today

nestled inbetween a particularly shady looking "chiropractic" office and a hyrdoponics warehouse is what must be the only burmese joint west of the 605 and the great restaurant golden triangle in whittier.

ok i'm a jonathan gold neophyte and i was particularly pleased to find his review of this spot in the la weekly, and that its just close enough in my lunch radius.

in 2004 i spent about 3 weeks travelling myanmar. the capital city of yangon, the magical spiritual city of Bagan, the serene glassy waters of inle lake and the cultured mandalay. honestly, i wasn't in love with the fish and shrimp paste and tumeric heavy room temperature stews of burmese cuisine but it was a fascinating mix between indian, chinese and thai flavors...

the family running jasmine market and deli are some of the sweetest people you'll ever meet, and the clientele includes japanese hip hop scenesters, halal seeking muslims, ethno bohemian hipsters and jonanthan gold worshippers. many people came in talking about the article which the family still hasn't seen!

before 5pm on a weekday the dishes are going to be basically indian food, but on weekends and after 5pm on weekdays there are some typical burmese dishes, including the national dish mo-hinga (fish stew with banana tree root), as well khaut swe (cocount chicken noodle soup) which thailand explorers will know as khao soi, which is a staple of chiang mai cuisine. there is also a tofu dhut (mixed tofu salad) as well as asawn dhut (large mixture salad).

the family has exchanged thanakha (yellow face paste) and longyis (cloth skirt) for paul smith glasses and levis, but the cooking is spot on... so far i've only tried the lamb biryani (friday special) and the samosas, but i'll be back for more dishes as well as the burmese dishes, and im pretty excited to do so.

you can also pick up an issue of the mandalay gazette or the burma herald to catch up on news on burmese american rappers and catch gossip snaps of yangon hotties.

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    1. I stopped by for a late afternoon lunch a few months ago. I thought that I had read on CH that this was a Pakistani market w/prepared food and as you report it is not. I agree that the family was lovely and the Indian food that I tried that was made to order was pretty darn good. I have to go back now and try the Burmese dishes!

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      1. re: sel

        im definitely gonna try the burmese dishes...

      2. thanks for the heads up, i've driven by the place countless times and will drop in and try out the eats and the food sounds good!!

        1. I almost emailed Mr. Gold to complain about outing 'my' place. Oh, well.

          Jasmine Market and Deli
          4135 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

          1. so how does it compare to Golden Triangle?

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            1. re: Jerome

              i have yet to try the burmese dishes at jasmine and thats all that i've ever had at golden triangle. so i'll have to get back to you on that one...the menu is far more limited than golden triangle thats for sure... they only cook about 6 burmese dishes and the rest are more standard fare..

              bobthebigpig, yes, the tzatziki-ish / raita-ish cucumber dip was very spicy.. i was going to ask what was inside but they started to get busy around 1pm...