Cheap Eats 2007: Myanmar
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Address: 7810-C Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-289-0013
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Burmese
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday noon to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Dunn Loring-Merrifield
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Tea-leaf salad; ginger salad; shrimp-and-bean-sprout salad; gram-fritter salad; onho kaukswe; mohingar; chili belly pork
Price Details: Appetizers $5 to $7, entrées $8 to $11.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

If the prospect of soup and salad doesn’t inspire you, then this bare-walled Burmese cafe might surprise you. If you were to feast on nothing but the mohingar (a fish-flavored soup spooned over noodles and spritzed with lime) or the ohno kaukswe (a terrific chicken soup thickened with coconut milk) and any of the intricately layered salads—20 in all, including a marvelous green-tea-leaf salad—you would leave happy. And full.

But then you’d miss out on the slow-cooked pork with jackfruit (an Asian vegetable that tastes something like artichoke) in a curry laced with ginger, cumin, and red chilies; shrimp bathed in a chili sauce that’s both tangy and fiery; and the stir-fry of curried pork with mango, which adds a backnote of musky sweetness to the onion-based sauce. If there’s a dish that best encapsulates a cuisine that draws from the flavors of neighboring India, China, and Thailand yet resembles nothing so much as itself, it might be the wonderful chicken with spicy cumin curry: It looks Indian, tastes vaguely Szechuan, and defies categorization.

Shweji, the best of the desserts, is just as hard to pin down. It’s like eating rice pudding, custard pie, and caramel all in one.

Open daily except Monday for lunch and dinner.

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