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Burmese Food - Outer Brooklyn?

jen kalb Dec 3, 2012 06:55 AM

Of course, Burmese is a Holy Grail in NY - driving across Ave U, not far from the Ave U chinatown we saw a sign on the N side of the street for Burmese Food. Not sure if it was a grocery (thats what it looked like) or restaurant - couldnt stop. Anyone know more about this?

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    Barry Strugatz RE: jen kalb Dec 4, 2012 07:25 PM

    Interesting! Where on U did you see this?

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      jen kalb RE: Barry Strugatz Dec 4, 2012 08:59 PM

      Somewhere East of CIA I think maybe in the chinatown strip over there - we will probably be going out that way again soon, I will try to look again.

    2. Peter Cuce RE: jen kalb Dec 10, 2012 10:22 AM

      Roughly what cross street?

      1. squid kun RE: jen kalb Dec 10, 2012 12:51 PM

        Thanks for the heads-up, Jen. Turns out to be a mom-and-pop deli counter called Different Golden Land Style, run by Burmese folks in a corner of a grocery called New King's Fruit (1709 Ave. U). The menu's short, snackish and cheap: fish noodle soup (mohinga), chicken-coconut noodle soup, beef and chicken curries over rice, nothing over $5. (Also: sushi, teriyaki, Boar's Head deli sandwiches.)

        The mohinga wasn't bad: garlicky with sneaky heat, funky from fish sauce. Nice bite for a cool, drizzly afternoon. Curries were tasty but pretty mild; chicken was very tender, beef was tough. There's also off-menu stuff in the cold case. The other day they were selling coconut pie, shrimp curry and a spicy-looking condiment. The proprietor is a friendly guy named Oscar who says he used to run a restaurant on Remsen St. in Brooklyn Heights. I'll bet he could be talked into expanding his offerings.

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          Barry Strugatz RE: squid kun Dec 10, 2012 02:10 PM

          Great work! Thanks!

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            jen kalb RE: Barry Strugatz Dec 10, 2012 02:53 PM

            I was out there on saturday afternoon - by the way, its just west of Ocean Ave. He was wearing a nice, sharp starched hat and offering the fish soup, chicken coconut soup and beef and chicken curry. coconut cake/pie did not sample and probably that same condiment container you saw....the beef cury gravy had a good flavor the meat was ok. the chicken soup with noodles was good, sampled the mohinga, seemed a bit too basic (like dried fish flakes)

            Hes a really nice guy - its one of those really marginal operations that will need to find some local patronage to develop to a point where you even know how good it could be. .. Maybe the big chinese grocery next door will be a help.

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            DaveCook RE: squid kun Dec 11, 2012 06:10 PM

            "Cold, drizzly afternoon"? If you mean Sunday, we may have narrowly missed each other!

            Oscar was more reserved with me about "Golden Land," acknowledging that it's an epithet for his home country but not that it's the formal name of his business. He suggested that his brief-lived Brooklyn Heights restaurant -- which had a decent amount of seats, he said, rather than his current small, tilted table for two -- ran afoul of some neighboring eatery or other outfit. Before that, he'd operated his own sushi restaurant upstate but tried in vain to expand his menu successfully. His clientele was largely of Irish and German descent, Oscar said, and they didn't know from Burmese.

            A high proportion of folks in his current neighborhood are Chinese or Russian, he added, and his Burmese food still isn't selling briskly. He would like another restaurant with more seating and a larger menu, but only in due time, when business warrants.

            Note to early risers who didn't scope out Squid Kun's menu photo: Oscar offers a breakfast special of a choice of soups plus a small coffee, for two bucks. I could grow to love the smell of mohinga in the morning.

            Dave Cook

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              jen kalb RE: DaveCook Dec 11, 2012 08:11 PM

              Ate the chicken coconut soup with noodles for lunch today (leftover - 3 days later) it was even better when I wasnt stuffed to the gills (had just had a large meal at Baku Palace just before visiting.

              Folks standing around the office microwave were admiring the smell and the nice slick of red chile oil over the thick coconut soup, with some hardboiled egg,shards of chicken and plenty of noodles. I could definitely eat this every day. But Im unlikely to be down in that area more than once a month to buy another fix.

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            Barry Strugatz RE: jen kalb Dec 10, 2012 02:57 PM

            Let's all encourage him to expand his Burmese menu!

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              AubWah RE: Barry Strugatz Dec 10, 2012 03:43 PM

              I love it but Avenue U? That's practically Hoboken for me

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                jen kalb RE: AubWah Dec 10, 2012 04:00 PM

                not enough there at the moment to make the trip unless you have another destination in that direction, but we can hope.

            2. DaveCook RE: jen kalb Feb 7, 2013 07:40 PM

              Business has been slow in the cold weather, Oscar told me today, but he's hanging in there. His posted menu (I photographed only the Burmese portion) now includes photos, and he's translated the names of dishes for his Chinese-speaking neighbors, too. The middle column seems to include one or more dishes that are new since my last visit, and, still, nothing tops $5.

              Dave Cook

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                jen kalb RE: DaveCook Feb 8, 2013 04:45 AM

                so is he actually cooking all this stuff to order back there? I wasnt sure when I visited Good to see a larger menu.

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                  Barry Strugatz RE: DaveCook Feb 8, 2013 05:59 AM

                  I went on a Wed but the Burmese counter was closed. They said he takes a day or two off a week, but always there on weekends.

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                  Barry Strugatz RE: jen kalb Mar 11, 2013 08:08 AM

                  Went on Saturday but the Burmese food stand within the grocery is gone. No other info was forthcoming. A shame to lose the only Burmese food in Brooklyn. If anyone has info please post.

                  1. DaveCook RE: jen kalb Mar 27, 2013 09:43 AM

                    I ran into Oscar, the Burmese proprietor of the former Ave. U spot, in Manhattan's Chinatown last week. He's already at work trying to find a location that's more receptive to his sort of home cooking. Oscar has promised to keep me posted; when I have word, I'll pass it along.

                    Dave Cook

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                      jen kalb RE: DaveCook Mar 28, 2013 07:09 AM

                      thats great news super

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