Sunday, January 8

Burmese, Chinese, Eggettes

I waited in LONG lines to chow down on some good Asian grub this weekend.

BURMA SUPERSTAR is one of the few Burmese restaurants around, and I generally think it's worth the wait. Tina says it's good (and she'd know since that's the home cooking she grew up eating - her mom makes the most amazing Burmese dishes). I've indulged in superstar action several times, but this trip was particularly yummy.

I highly recommend the tea leaf salad (very traditional; Tina's mom's is ridiculously tasty), rainbow salad, shrimp curry, and platha. They're always out of the yellow bean tofu, which is also supposed to be very Burmese and delicious, so I'm going to have to keep going until I get to try that. The wait always seems to be close to an hour, and they don't take reservations. But you can call ahead to get your name on the list, and they'll also ring you on your cell when your table is ready. To pass the time, you can run across the street to visit the cute Japanese market with fun trinkets (and Hi-Chew candy which is a must try); you can also get a glass of wine or beer at the cafe next to that. You'll be a superstar before you know it.

If you go to SAN TUNG in the inner Sunset, you can't miss the dry fried chicken wings. (In Korean, this dish is called "kgam-pungi.") To explain the Korean connection further, some Chinese restaurants out there are Korean influenced. If you see black bean noodles on the menu (called "jcha-jang-myun"), that's a pretty good indication you're at one of those Korean-Chinese joints. I've found that the Chinese owners often even speak Korean. Anyway, the wait here is also painfully long and possibly not worth it beyond the chicken wings. However, one cannot live by chicken wings alone, so other good menu items worth ordering are the dumplings with shrimp and leeks, green beans, sizzling rice soup, spicy seafood soup (called "jcham-ppong"), and the aforementioned black bean noodles. Good, cheap grub. Yum!

We were on our way to Polly Ann Ice Cream after San Tung when a very excited Gallant stopped outside the window of EGGETTES next to Polly Ann's.

"I've never seen these anywhere other than Hong Kong!" he exclaimed before he rushed inside.

My first eggettes experience was a good one. They're basically cookie-ish waffle things. The shape gives them a good chewy yet crispy texture.

They're apparently sold by street vendors in Hong Kong, but in San Francisco we can get them along with pearl tea and fruit slushies with tapioca in a cutesy cafe, surrounded by a bunch of young'uns.

They taste better then they look. I promise.

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