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Aug 13, 2014 05:01 PM

rangoon kitchen in san gabriel

anyone tried it ?????

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  1. i understand that it's essentially fuji west minus the tokyo lobby menu.

    1. My parents went two weeks ago and loved it. My dad grew up in Rangoon, Burma and said the food was excellent. There were a lot of Burmese expats there dining as well.

      1. went for lunch today. only two of us, so we tried the mohinga, tea leaf salad and the braised pork with mango pickle. when i asked if they had an appetizer with chickpea tofu, they brought an complimentary appetizer that included a salad and some chickpea tofu.

        the mohinga came in two separate bowls and they offered addiional broth. we combined both bowls and probably let it sit a bit longer than was wise before we got to it (last). the vermicelli still had its texture but the deep fried stuff dissolved losing the texture but adding a smokiness to the broth.

        speaking of texture, the tea leaf salad (forgot to take a pic) kinda overwhelmed me with a crunchy mouth feel such that the tea leaves were kinda like a flute playing next to a set of bagpipes. i liked daw yee's rendition a lot more.

        and of course, any myanmar dish with pork (braised) AND mango (pickled) had to be tried. i was expecting a little sweeter and it also turned out to be a bit saltier than i was expecting.

        1. Wanted to try this place for lunch last weekend. But the place was closed with signs saying that they are relocating and to email them for additional info.

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          1. re: FallingLeaves

            no mention of this on their website:

            but i see that they took my input on the chickpea tofu and added a tofu salad to the menu.

            1. re: barryc

              Sorry, I did not write down their posted email address. Perhaps they have not updated their website.

              1. re: FallingLeaves

                FWIW i suspect they contracted the work for the website out to a 3rd party, and it hasn't been updated recently. i plan on finally trying yoma sometime in november.

                1. re: barryc

                  While each of the Burmese places has their merits, Yoma's strength is the deep(est) menu.

                  1. re: JThur01

                    so should i get past the tea leaf salad, mohinga, chickpea tofu and try the other things first?

                    1. re: barryc

                      Your call Barry :-) It's always good to get the above mentioned for comparison sake. Perhaps just make two (or more) visits.

                      1. re: JThur01

                        i try to visit at least one new place a week either in the SGV or maybe k-town, typically fridays for lunch where i have a small group of folks join me (nosh is part of this group and he's driven across from westwood a few times). and when you want to try new places, it's tougher to justify going back to a place you've already visited. flavor garden is one of my personal favorites, and i haven't been back there in at least 6 months. and having been inspired by a recent parts unknown episode, i'm starting to explore vietnamese cuisine more seriously. i noticed yoma because i went to nha trang across the street (another place that's gone on my favorites list but i won't re-visit until next year at the earliest) last friday - and i almost missed it due to the tree branch obscuring most of the restaurant name in front.

                        1. re: barryc

                          I hear you and it's a tough task. I spend so much time chasing down "new" places that I rarely get to re-visit places or favorites as often as I'd like. The SGV is an embarrassment of riches. Maybe split the difference and order something different at Yoma along with a Burmese staple or two?

                          1. re: JThur01

                            or bring along a large enough crowd to achieve chowhound nirvana, so to speak - make me one *of* everything.

                            1. re: barryc

                              That's the way to do it, the more the merrier. That way several dishes can be sampled in one trip vs. several trips to sample the same amount.

            2. re: FallingLeaves

              We were in the same mall last Saturday and searched for it - it was closed!

            3. As posted in another thread, Rangoon Kitchen has closed. Sign in window indicated alcohol license for a coming galbi place.

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                1. re: barryc

                  Yes, it is. Hopefully, they re-open at another location. I'm glad I was able to make a few visits.

                  1. re: JThur01

                    they have relocated to west covina:
                    510 S Glendora Ave
                    West Covina, California

                    according to their FB page.

                    the old tokyo lobby site now houses a KBBQ place.