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Aug 3, 2008 10:58 AM

When is Burmese Food Fair 2008?

This is the time of year that the Burmese Food Fair in Queens is held. Does anyone know when (or if) it will be?

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  1. August 16!
    143-55 84th Drive
    Briarwood, NY 11435

      1. re: stuartlafonda

        yeahhhh! it's been marked in my calendar for the last few months; can't wait for the squash fritters and the bean thing wrapped in roti-type skin and the spicy cold noodles and whatever else amazing food there is . .

      2. ARRRrrrrrgh, I'm forced to miss it this year. I've been to two or three of these in the past and the food is always very very good, even though you can't usually find Burmese tea leaf salad. It's an easy walk from the E or F train. I recommend it.

        1. had some really delicious dishes, maybe someone can give me the proper names:

          1. a fish noodle soup of rice noodles, crunchy bits, a broth with ground fish, really beautiful
          2. fritter combo platter - alas no squash but the other items were pretty good, a lentil thing, a kidney bean one, an onion one and potato as well
          3. vacana parata - lentil mash served w/ a roti-canai-type fried crepe, a bit bland but really good; they were giving out numbers the line was so long! we were told to come back in an hour
          4. iced dessert - shave ice w/ about 4 different hello toppings plus peanuts, all sorts of goodies
          5. papaya salad - pounded and really delicious, the woman allowed us to customize a lot and we went overboard w/ the chilis and dried shrimp, really nice
          6. chicken curry noodles - like sesame noodles with a dry paste, but then a chicken curry w/ chicken legs and gizzards was ladled over. really delicious. also with crunchy bits.
          7. "chaat" salad - what looked like a salad of shredded cabbage which then gets topped w/ a samosa and some other lentil fritter cut up, then garnished w/ all manner of fresh herbs, tamarind sauce and then topped w/ a ladle of a delicious broth (coconut?) which made for a hot/cold, sweet/sour salad/soup which was absolutely amazing. it tasted wonderful at the end, when the broth thickened from all the components.

          ran into a friend of mine who gave us the inside tip on some of the better dishes (she's a member of the congregation) and overall, excellent. some prices went up I think, so a 3-ticket dish became a 4-ticket dish (or at least, what I recall from last year), tickets were a buck each but regardless, a steal for some delicious food prepared right before your eyes. there were maybe 15 stalls total, offering both savory and sweet; we skipped the summer rolls (looked like a moo-shu-type filling), some of the steamed sweets, and also what looked like a huge tray of organ meats that looked amazing. there was also a grilled/mixed meat platter which sold out early on, so I heard. every stall was basically someone assembling your dish from a mise-en-place that we were allowed to do additional garnishing from and that was awesome; I went heavy on cilantro and chilis throughout. some really unique textures and tastes, all for a good cause (southeast asia cyclone victims).

          everyone, go there next year!

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          1. re: bigjeff

            I thought the chaat salad was great and the "fish noodles" also, the crunchy bits were roasted garlic, fantastic. I thought the coconut noodles were not good though, bland and mushy, tho I did like the shrimp chip pieces on top. Polecat said he enjoyed this dish more than I did though, maybe I just needed more lime or chili in mine to liven it up. This is a really nice event, very friendly and inclusive. I will definitely go back next year.

            1. re: prunefeet

              Of the four noodle dishes we tried, I think I dug the Shan noodles the best - that combination of sour, spice and the crunchy add ons did it for me. But I didn't think there was a dud in the bunch. The fish noodles were also excellent. And, as Prunefeet said, I even liked the coconut broth variety. I also had a bowl of pig parts - including snouts and coily intestines - topped off with cucumbers and a deep red hot sauce. About as porky as it gets. The big surprise for me was the summer roles, something I'm usually not too keen on; but these babies were bursting with freshness, flavor and went great with hot sauce.

              Too bad we have to wait a whole year for the next festival. Worth it, though.

              1. re: Polecat

                some nice descriptions here:


                I didn't realize that the noodles served w/ the chicken curry atop it were the shan noodles perhaps? it was a dry noodle dish, right? not a noodle soup?

                1. re: bigjeff

                  Not from what I gathered. The noodles w/ the chicken toppings were served up right next to the fish noodle vendor. They were at the same table. The shan noodles was a non-soup noodle dish, served up on the table that was caddy-corner to the table serving the Thai Papaya Salad.

                  Great link, Jeff. I'd love to try some of those puddings. Here's a direct link to the food photos:


            2. re: bigjeff

              This year, there seemed to be 1-2 fewer stands but the quality seemed to be better. In whole, this was way better than this years Water Fest on Henry Street. I got to talking to a gal from the Bronx who was there w/her mom. They are of the Shan people and told me where to eat. This is approx my 8th year going to my old hood (Parkway Village Rocks! Not.) for homecooked Burmese food. The Shan noodles were great as was the fried veggie "tempura". The noodle salad we got next to the Fish noodles were a semi dud but beggars can't be choosy. The state of Burmese food in NY is sad. This is the highlight of my summer.

              1. re: MOREKASHA

                "They are of the Shan people and told me where to eat."

                You mean like restaurants? Please share! :)

                1. re: Jim Leff

                  No, No. I'm so sorry I misspoke. But...I have a business card I got a bit back from a take out only Burmese Muslim place in Elmhurst. I've been meaning to get to it. I'll go home tonight and try to amend for my sins.

                  1. re: MOREKASHA

                    I know the place. Please don't post it. It's illegal, and we don't want to get them in trouble.

                    1. re: Jim Leff

                      Done it worth a detour?

              2. re: bigjeff

                #7 -- is that some variation of a tea leaf salad?

                I don't know if it's my destiny never to go, but something always seems to come up on that weekend. Hopefully I'll get to try it next year.

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