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May 30, 2014 07:33 AM

Any good Burmese restaurant in town ??

Only been to Rangoon in Kits so far.

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  1. Amay's House is Burmese. Laksa King has some Burmese dishes.

    How was Rangoon?

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    1. re: grayelf

      I love Rangoon so far. Been to there like 4-5 times this year.

      1. re: intelguy

        Can you tell us about the Burmese dishes?

        1. re: grayelf

          Rangoon is a fusion place of Burmese restaurant

          Recommendations :

          (1) Pork belly salad (with cabbage, tomato, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, roasted garlic
          & onion). It is a very refreshing salad as a snack.

          (2) Morocco lamb sausage. I don't like lamb at all but I love the lamb sausage here. It is bouncy and juicy.

          (3) Nangyi thoke . It is a spaghetti noodles with coconut chicken (breast) curry, lemon, chili roasted peas flour, cabbage, red onion, cilantro. It smells good and tastes excellent as well.

          1. re: intelguy

            menu looks good... pardon my ignorance but is Burmese food generally ordered per person or for the table?

            1. re: J and V

              at this place, we share all dishes

              1. re: intelguy

                We've et it family style at the Burmese places we've been to in SF, where they have a number of good ones. I could see ordering one of the excellent soups all to myself, however.

    2. New place opened up last Saturday called Wahh Tee at 4942 Joyce St. Those of you who remember JoyceWay and the BLK counter there, this new place is just a couple of doors down. It's small and family run. The mohingar, chicken curry soup, and fried noodle chicken dish I had were good. Still have to go back for their full complement of salads.

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        1. re: dennisthefoodie

          Nope, I'll leave it to some wisemonkeys :)

          1. re: el_lobo_solo

            Great tip, els -- looking forward to your "salads" report!

            1. re: grayelf

              Wild horses couldn't get me to eat the slop that passes for Burmese 'food'.

              Just sayin'.....

              1. re: Sam Salmon

                When mohinga is done well, it sings with the best of the more well-known Asian soup noodles. Whether the local renditions reach the same heights is a matter well worth studying.

        2. re: el_lobo_solo

          Started off with the laphet thoke (fermented tea leaf salad). It was a good sized portion, presented on a flat plate with the chili and raw garlic on the side so you could add to taste. There were 3-4 types of fried beans which added the classic crunchy texture, combined with the marinated tomatoes and of course the star of the dish, the fermented tea leaves. What a wonderful start to the meal, and reasonably priced at $5. They have a wide selection of Burmese salads, all priced for the same $5. I'm looking forward to trying them all!

          They offer three different noodle soups, which are all available in small ($3.50), medium ($5.50), and large ($7.50). We ordered two mediums, and the serving was more than enough for us.

          The mohinga had a classic fish broth, which was nicely balanced. The rice noodles were perfectly cooked. The sliced hard-boiled egg soaked up the broth nicely. The banana tree root, lemongrass, and cilantro all combined and rounded out the complex and well balanced flavour profile. Delicious.

          The ohn no kyawswe (coconut milk noodle soup) had wheat flour noodles that had the perfect chew, and although I don't think they make them in-house tasted almost handmade. The chicken was boneless dark meat which was moist and flavourful. The broth had deep complexity with nicely balanced seasoning and herbs. It was topped with fried rice noodles for texture, as well as a sliced hard boiled egg. Delicious.

          The friendly woman who runs the place gave us some complimentary desserts including sooji (semolina flavoured with coconut) and shwe htamin (sweetened sticky rice flavoured with coconut). Both were very good, with a slight preference for the sooji. Neither was overly sweet, and the flavours nicely finished off a wonderful meal.

          Total damage for the entire meal for two people was a very reasonable $16.

          Will definitely be back, and can't wait to try all of the salads, the curries, the fried noodles, and the biryani.

          This spot is a keeper, and is definitely my favourite Burmese in Vancouver (over Amay, Original Bo's, New Bo's, etc.) based upon my initial visit.

            1. re: YVRChow

              These photos are from last Thursday. I tried to go but they were closed. Website is private now, and there's a "renovation" sign on their door. Unclear what's happening with Wahh Tee now :/

              1. re: dennisthefoodie

                Ruh roh, as Scooby would say. Renovation signs on restos make me nervous. Will keep a good thought.

                1. re: dennisthefoodie

                  Really unclear since they appeared to be open yesterday.

                  1. re: el_lobo_solo

                    They *are* open. Passed by today and saw "open" sign on and door open. So all is well. For now.

              2. re: YVRChow

                Thanks for the details, I look forward to trying it soon. How many seats?

                1. re: grayelf

                  4 tables of 4. I dropped hints that bringing back faluda during the hot days of summer will do the 'hood good.

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              1. ELS, who is running and cooking at Waht Tee?

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                1. re: betterthanbourdain

                  Ko Ko and his family. They're friends of Bo (Bo Laksa) and Moe Moe (Joyceway)

                  1. re: betterthanbourdain

                    Had lunch at Wahh Tee today with Uncle Ben (Chowtimes) and that FridayLunch dude ;-)

                    I'll only say it was a grand meal and we were all satiated and a half.

                    I'll let FridayLunch do the honors of telling the whole story and not steal his thunder. Thanks KB for organizing :-)

                  2. I dunno if Amay has seriously upped its game but judging by the four dishes I had yesterday, this is the Burmese I'll be eating in Vancouver from now on.

                    Started with two salads, the laphet thoke (tea leaf) and the pickled mango. Both were outstanding, with no filler -- I almost wanted more shredded cabbage in the former. All the fried pulses were perfectly crisp. Lots of flavour. Only small quibble was the tomato, which I've never liked in this salad. Easily removed. The pickled mango was just about perfect. I am a fanatic for this stuff, and they did a great job.

                    Next was the prata with potato curry. Shatteringly crisp outside tender inside. Maybe a touch oily but great flavour and simply delectable with the curry.

                    Finally, the pork belly curry, served with a luncheon plate sized side portion of nicely cooked rice. The pork was done to close to fall apart, very rich and flavourful, if a bit too much rendered fat in the sauce.

                    All delightful as leftovers for the SO's dinner later, even the salads which held up remarkably well for several hours. Pretty good value as these four dishes fed two people and came to $30 taxes in. Really sorry I waited so long to give them a try. We'll be taking the parental units there very soon.

                    Confirmed that three of the four mostly/all Burmese options in town are connected: this one, Laksa King on Hastings and the one in the convenience store on Joyce.

                    ETA: there is a teaser for a story on Burmese/Myanmarese food featuring Amay on the cover of the Grope and Flail today Gill says Rangoon closed last month but doesn't mention the one in the grocery store.

                    A few pix:

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                    1. re: grayelf

                      Nice report GE! Also glad to see them getting some love from AG. It always seems dead in there whenever I get takeout after work, so more bums in seats should be good for them! Too bad I haven't seen their son working there for a long time...he was a nice kid.