what should we order at Rangoon?
I've had one excellent family-style dinner experience at Rangoon that involved breads, salads, tofus, etc., and one pretty mediocre lunch off the lunch menu.
I'm looking to repeat my dinner experience. We need some (but not all) vegetarian choices. We'll definitely order some thousand layer bread, but what else? Ginger salad? Tea leaf?
I often wonder why vegetarians can justify condemning a restaurant meal as "mediocre" when the restaurant in question does not specialize in vegetarian cuisine. I have eaten lunch at Rangoon at least a hundred times over the past decade and never had a mediocre meal.
A restaurant doesn't have to "specialize" in vegetarian food to make it taste delicious - it's not difficult to do. I was completely underwhelmed when I ate at Rangoon. The night market noodles had little flavor and the other dishes weren't very memorable. And the portions are quite small. I haven't been back since. The best Burmese food I've eaten (outside of Burma itself) is at the Spice Island Tea Room in Pittsburgh, PA.
Perhaps the chef just does not particularly enjoy making vegetarian dishes. I have nothing against vegetarians, People can eat what they want. I just don't value their opinions when it comes to food prepared by "normal" or non-specialized restaurants, whose best dishes may be meat-based.
To each their own,. I was completely underwhelmed with Pittsburgh, PA.
There are so many things I love there. I'm not sure what all is vegetarian, because I suspect there is shrimp paste and/or fish sauce in a lot of things.
Dishes I love:
Crispy tofu triangles
Thousand layer bread and potato curry
Spring Ginger salad
Festival fish soup
Kung pao anything
just about all of the fish preparations
Rangoon has developed into one of my absolute favorites. I love it. Some favorites (the ** ones I believe are vegetarian, but you might want to check because I'm not really positive):
Firecracker Lentil Fritter**
Coconut Galanga Soup (might be able to get a Veg version)
Spring Ginger Salad**
Basil Noodles (warning: taste more like GARLIC noodles to me, but I love them)
Spicy Kung Pao Chicken (NOT like normal Chinese food Kung pao)
Jungle Chicken (there's also a Jungle Tofu)
I wish I'd tried more of the vegetarian entrees to make some recommendations (it's not unusually for me to choose a veg dish over a meat one, I just haven't seemed to much here)....out of curiosity, what did you have that was mediocre here? I've never had a bad dish, but I've also never come for lunch.