Terrific Burmese noodles at Mingalaba in Burlingame
I got the recommendation for this small, Burmese/Mandarin (what does that mean??) place from this board so I thought I'd report back. We started out with the paratha, which turned out to be a beautifully flaky, buttery little pile of bread that we tore apart with eager hands and dipped into two curry sauces (sorry, I'm not familiar enough with Burmese food to guess what could have been in them). Oh my. I was dying to order another. I should have.
But the best was next to come: Burmese noodles. Didn't sound fancy, noodles with cabbage, dried shrimp, cucumbers, potatoes, and shallots, from what I remember on the menu, and it didn't look impressive when it came to the table. But the noodles were dead fresh and tender, the sauce subtle, it didn't blow your head off with spiciness, but it had a very rich, complex, nuanced flavor, with a nice umami kick from dried shrimp but no fishiness. The cabbage was in tiny threads, the cucumber in thin French fries, the shallots were deep fried. Every time I got a little edge of shallot in my teeth I got happier. The flavors were so well balanced and delightful; husband and I got very quiet while we ate. We weren't as impressed with the tofu basil, but those Burmese noodles, oh. Husband just said: "Can we go back and eat our lunch there?" There you go.
1213 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010