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Burmese in Scottsdale - Little Rangoon

Rubee Feb 26, 2008 07:30 PM

Has anyone been to this new restaurant yet? It looks promising. It's next to Tapino and I was able to speak to the enthusiastic and friendly owner and grab a menu this weekend. It's been open for about three weeks. I'm no expert on Burmese cuisine, but I already have my eye on the green tea leaf salad with dried shrimp, fried garlic, and peanuts, the "si gyet kauswer" - fresh egg noodles tossed with garlic, scallions, and roasted duck, and the "King Prawns Curry with Capsicum and Coconut Milk". I hope it's as good as the menu looks.

Map, menu and website:

Little Rangoon
7000 E Shea Blvd Ste 1580, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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  1. silverbear RE: Rubee Feb 26, 2008 08:23 PM

    Wow. This would be a first -- Burmese food in the Phoenix area. I ate at a Burmese restaurant in San Francisco almost 20 years ago and still remember the tea leaf salad to this day. It's definitely an acquired taste. The rest of the menu, however, looks accessible to anyone who likes Thai or Indian food.

    Pair this with the recent arrival of Kabab Palace, the Afghan restaurant in Tempe (and the first Afghan restaurant in the area in over 15 years), and it looks like we're getting a nice shot of diversity in cuisine choices around the metro area. Now if only we could have a Moroccan restaurant again.

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      Rubee RE: silverbear Feb 27, 2008 10:15 AM

      Yes, I was thrilled when I saw it was Burmese too. Now I'm even more intrigued by the tea leaf salad. I guess it's fermented green tea leaves, so I assume a bit sour? I had asked the owner what some of the Burmese specialities were, and he recommended that to try.

      Thanks for the tip on the Afghan restaurant in Tempe. I'll have to put that on my ever-growing list of places to try.

      BTW, for Chinese, Taiwanese is a favorite of mine - any Taiwanese restaurants to recommend?

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        silverbear RE: Rubee Feb 27, 2008 11:46 AM

        Not so much sour as just a strong taste -- like eating tea instead of drinking it. I'm not saying it was bad, but it's definitely a taste that has no analog in most other cuisines.

        As for Taiwanese, there is a Taiwanese deli inside the Super L Ranch Market, the grocery store in the Chinese Cultural Center at 44th St. and the 202 Freeway.

        1. re: silverbear
          Rubee RE: silverbear Feb 27, 2008 05:10 PM

          Thanks! I may try to get to the Super L Ranch Market this weekend.

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            azhotdish RE: Rubee Feb 27, 2008 06:50 PM

            Don't miss their roasted duck, it's awesome. Also, if they are making those pancakes w/black bean paste out front, grab a couple.

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              Firenza00 RE: azhotdish Feb 27, 2008 07:02 PM

              You've been and didn't tell us about it?

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                azhotdish RE: Firenza00 Feb 27, 2008 07:12 PM

                Well to be perfectly honest, I've probably have been there half a dozen times and couldn't name most of the things I've eaten. I pretty much walk up, point to the things that I want, and grab a seat. It's definitely a place where you occasionally get people who speak broken English, so there's that hurdle. Usually I'm more focused on the market - sashimi in the deli case, huge sake selection, a very good variety of seafood (tank of live frogs, geoduck, giant clams, eel, etc). It's similar to Baiz - it would probably take a while to see everything in the store. If you haven't been, I'd check it out. I'm only a mile down the road and I rarely get down there.

                Super L Ranch Market
                668 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

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                  Firenza00 RE: azhotdish Feb 27, 2008 07:29 PM

                  Sorry, I thought you were talking about Little Rangoon. We've been to Super L tons of times. :)

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                    azhotdish RE: Firenza00 Feb 27, 2008 07:31 PM

                    No, I'm going to Little Rangoon soon though, I'm tired of making samosas, I want to eat some else's! Sounds very good.

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                    Rubee RE: azhotdish Feb 27, 2008 08:45 PM

                    Thanks so much for this info - can't wait to try the Taiwanese place, and check the market out. It looks like the CH March Cookbook of the Month on the Home Cooking Board is going to be Dunlop's "Land of Plenty" (Szechuan), so just another excuse to get there this week and stock up on some hard-to-find ingredients. I didn't realize the market had such a variety (in fact, I'm sure I have no clue how big it is) - thanks for making me look forward to it even more.

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                      Firenza00 RE: Rubee Feb 27, 2008 08:55 PM

                      Super L is pretty big, but I believe LeeLee's market in Chandler at Warner/Dobson is bigger. It's a bit of a drive, but well worth it.

      2. Firenza00 RE: Rubee Feb 27, 2008 01:46 PM

        I'm going to have to give them a try. Sounds good.

        1. Rubee RE: Rubee May 12, 2010 11:49 AM

          Bad news - looks like Little Rangoon is closing at the end of May.


          Little Rangoon
          7000 E Shea Blvd Ste 1580, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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            zencker RE: Rubee May 17, 2010 11:22 PM

            This is the same location where "Such is Life" went under a few years back. Several times, if I recall... George & Son had a Burmese dish on their menu at one time which didn't lead me to seek out more of the cuisine.

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