Yoma - First time, but not the last
A friend and I decided to try Yoma last night. Neither of us had been there before, but I remembered reading good things about it on Chowhound.
We started with the bean plata, which is a flaky bread (like a very very thin scallion pancake, minus the scallion) with an amazing bean dip. Not so much a dip as a little bowl of beans. It reminded my friend of split pea soup. We both liked this (though I wished we'd gotten more bread).
Then I got the pumpkin pork and my friend got the Rainbow noodles. I wish the menu had more descriptions because I wasn't quite sure what I would be getting, but fortunately I loved it anyway. Cubes of perfectly cooked pumpkin and pieces of pork, accompanied by rice.
My friend said she would order that the next time. She liked her rainbow noodles but said it wasn't as special. I didn't try the noodles because she said it was quite spicy, but it looked like there was a whole lot going on in that dish - 4 different types of noodles, maybe some chicken, squash, etc. it was very monochromatic.
Thanks very much for the recs -- I probably would never have thought to try Yoma if it hadn't been mentioned here. I'm looking forward to trying more on the menu -- maybe a tea salad next time? I wasn't sure what that was, but Yoma is the kind of place where it seemed perfectly normal to order outside of your usual preferences.
I think maybe the sprinkle-sprankle was what was on top of the beans in the bean plata. It was good, but I had no idea what it was until now.
Also, part of what made our meal so good is that we had a nice table right up against the wall so we could eavesdrop on a table across the way during which a customer kept asking, rather loudly, how "big" everything was. We never did find out why she was so fascinated with size.
"I wish the menu had more descriptions because I wasn't quite sure what I would be getting, but fortunately I loved it anyway. "
pretty much sums up the YoMa experience for me. Go for it.
The plata are amazing, but we also find that there aren't enough so we usually order a few extra. Other favorites are: mango salad, assorted noodles and mee shay. In the winter I enjoy the Mohinga which is a catfish soup, but rather than containing chunks of fish, the fish is mashed and stirred into the soup. It's turbid and delicious.
I really like the "Simple Noodles" which aren't really simple at all - lots of ingredients, and somewhat spicy