I was so excited when I read on Blondie & Brownie about this Burmese food fair in Queens, especially after trying the amazing Burma Superstar in San Francisco in July. It was a long trip on the F train to Briarwood/Van Wyck, but I definitely wasn’t disappointed. It’s an annual benefit for the Myanmar Baptist Church, and although it was pretty crowded, you didn’t have to wait long to try anything.
There was some live music, food stands all around the perimeter, and a (packed) seating area in the middle. But what about the food? In a nutshell, it got better and better.
First we tried this noodle dish called a Burmese Salad, but the ingredient list didn’t quite match what we were eating. Still, it was a nice start.
This was called Bean and Paratha — that’s the interesting thing about Burmese food, how it’s influenced by so many different cultures. When you say paratha, I think of Indian food. The bread was deep-fried, light and crispy, with the bean mixture on top.
You could watch them stretching the paratha dough by hand. I’ve never had anything quite like this dish before, and now I wish I could eat it all the time. Great textures.
The soups were real winners. This one was called Coconut and Chicken Broth Noodle. Besides being gorgeous to look at, it was very richly flavored and an instant favorite. I wanted to drink every drop.
And finally there was the Fish Broth Noodle. Okay, so they didn’t do such a great job of naming the dishes, but this soup was outrageously good. I went a little overboard with the red pepper mix on top, so I was really spiced up, but that didn’t deter me one bit. There were these crispy noodle-like or maybe cracker-like things in the soup that retained most of their texture in the hot soup and made the dish so interesting. Another winner. For the record, I did not try the Burmese Style Cooked Pork Intestine — the ingredients were listed as “pork intestine, liver, heart, kidney, tongue, ear, and stomach.” I’m just not that brave.