amazing Burmese food fair

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.

40 thoughts on “amazing Burmese food fair

  1. cynthia: living around here, i do feel luckycucinista: i've only been to 2 burmese restaurants in my life… i wonder how many there are in the u.s.babli: thanks so muchgirlichef: yeah, i love them too

  2. I have never had Burmese food but all of it looks really delicious! Seems like a fusion of some of the best Asian flavors. I am going to have to look out for more of these festivals in the NYC area.

  3. Delicious looking stuff. There's so much I don't know about Burmese cuisine, even though Burma and Thailand are neighbors. Man, I would have gone for the pig intestine thing. 🙂 I'm weird. I like piggy parts.

  4. lt: that singapore festival sounds funjoanne: nyc is a great city for events like theseleela: really? you must be brave.phyllis: ha, you're brave toodawn: definitely funbridgett: good luckmary: thanks for visiting

  5. Interesting. Mmm…nice. I've never had Burmese cuisine before. I'm sure there at least one restaurant in LA that has Burmese food. I've got to find it.

  6. Now that I think about it, Burma would be influenced by quite a few different cultures/cuisines, wouldn't it?I had to laugh at some of the dishes' names–you're right, they were a little awkward.What kind of spices were in that bean mixture on the bread? Never seen anything like it.

  7. Wow this is great. I don't really know anything about Burmese food but this all looks amazing! And you always manage to get the best pictures. Gotta love NYC food diversity!-Whitney

  8. jenn: i'm surprised to hear that because so. cal. is great for asian cuisinekitchenwitch: right on both counts. the bean part of that dish was sort of like mashed up lentils and chickpeas, but with better flavor than that sounds, without being spicy.pandalicious: yeah, me toowhitney: thanks so much for saying that, and yeah, nyc is great

  9. What a fantastic festival! I am now wanting to go to the local Burmese restaurant in Sydney!Thanks for stopping by my blog, it's great to see what you are all up to in the blog world

  10. alejandra: you definitely shouldcamilla: i'd assume you could get even better burmese food in sydneymurasaki: well, if you can cook, then you're luckyjoanna: ha, rightlorraine: thanks for visiting!

  11. What an awesone day out! That paratha (and the method) looks very similar to a Malaysian thingy called Roti Canai. Thanks for sharing (and visiting my blog) 🙂

  12. THis is one great thing about living in NYC. So many things to try. I would so love to try this food. THe coconut soup particularly caught my attention.

  13. shaz: from my experience, roti canai is quite a bit different. the bean stuff on top of this dish was firm, like mashed up beans, but the roti canai is usually more like a soupy texture, no? and thanks for visiting.rosie: thanks for visitinglori: nyc is definitely awesome sometimes

  14. Burmese food are quite like chinese cooking. The pratha is quite similar to those Indian Roti Pratha sold in Singappore. It is what we called Indian pancake served with fish/meat or veg curry. You should see how the Indian prepare the dough and how they do the tossing and stretching of pratha round on their bare hands , very interesting.We love Indian pratha for our breakfast.

  15. jessica: hmm, i'm not sure. i would say that the older people were making the food seemed like they'd been here a long time. i get the impression this is a well-established community in Queens, with a whole new generations they've raised in America.anh: i'm not sure where you live, but i'd say it's rare everywhere in the u.s.

  16. Hi, I am Burmese living in the UK. Cocount chicken noodle soup is called "Oh Noh Kauswer" and Noodle in fish broth is called "Moh Hinga". I guess they used the translations for the benefit or non-burmese but make the food sounds boring in the process. 🙂 But I do find the idea of things being exotic quite funny. It is just perception. Pork intestine is extremely popular street food in Burma but it made me nauseous becuase I dont eat/like pork. I think it would amusing for you to know that pork intestine is particularly popular amoung females. Even a really hot socialite girl wearing thousands of dollars worth of jewellery will immediately stop the lastest model SUV she is driving for quick bite to eat if she sees a hawker selling pork intestine. LOL It's quite hard to think of them as HOT after seeing them binging on pork intestines. Man.. It really messed with my mind. 😀

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