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what should we order at Rangoon?

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yannie Nov 4, 2009 07:07 AM

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?

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    jaba RE: yannie Nov 4, 2009 07:21 AM

    Here's a great writeup about what one of Philly's most legendary chefs likes to order there:
    http://www.phoodie.info/2009/10/28/th...

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      Bigley9 RE: yannie Nov 4, 2009 09:24 AM

      Night Market Noodles are one of our favs!

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        PhillyA RE: yannie Nov 4, 2009 10:25 AM

        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**
        Papaya 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.

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          yannie RE: PhillyA Nov 4, 2009 10:33 AM

          I tried the basil tofu and coconut tofu at lunch. It wasn't bad, it was just...eh. It seemed to me that the lunch menu choices were more typical "chinatown" offerings and were not as interesting as the rest of the menu. Thanks for your suggestions!

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            mrslloyddobler RE: yannie Nov 7, 2009 06:14 AM

            Why didn't you try any of the given suggestions? You did have a choice to order off the lunch special menu, right? You've already had a bad experience with the lunch menu, so why would you make the same mistake again?

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              PhillyA RE: mrslloyddobler Nov 7, 2009 06:26 AM

              Um, I believe Yannie was just answering my question of what they had at Rangoon BEFORE. The suggestions we have made are to avoid ordering the weaker dishes again.

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                mrslloyddobler RE: PhillyA Nov 8, 2009 06:58 AM

                whoops, reading comprehension FAIL.

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            Bigley9 RE: PhillyA Nov 4, 2009 04:58 PM

            second the lentil fritters

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              jaba RE: Bigley9 Nov 5, 2009 07:54 AM

              Just had the lentil fritters last night.

              Holy crap.

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            Hungryin theBurbs RE: yannie Nov 4, 2009 11:27 AM

            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
            Lentil fritters
            Thousand layer bread and potato curry
            coconut rice
            Spring Ginger salad
            Squid salad
            Tofu salad
            Festival fish soup
            Kung pao anything
            Jungle anything
            just about all of the fish preparations

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              hollyd RE: Hungryin theBurbs Nov 4, 2009 02:24 PM

              LOVE the Jungle Tofu! Basically tofu, green peppers, green beans in a coconut green curry sauce. So good.
              I also like the Night Market Noodle but occasionally find it tastes like Cambell's tomato soup. Strange, but only once or twice have I thought so.

            2. Seeker19104 RE: yannie Nov 4, 2009 05:47 PM

              Love the tea leaf salad! Get it every time I go to Rangoon.

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                phillyjazz RE: yannie Nov 7, 2009 06:04 AM

                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.

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                  Cattus RE: phillyjazz Dec 15, 2009 05:47 PM

                  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.

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                    phillyjazz RE: Cattus Dec 16, 2009 03:42 AM

                    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.

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                      Steve RE: Cattus Dec 16, 2009 12:24 PM

                      The ginger salad is enormous, or so I remember. The jungle tofu is excellent, if more Thai than Burmese. I'm pretty surprised you had a problem with it being flavorless.

                  2. thehungrything RE: yannie Nov 7, 2009 07:43 PM

                    Potato and glass noodle salad
                    Spring ginger salad
                    squid salad
                    Chicken keema

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