Cheap Eats 2007: Taste of Burma
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A Taste of Burma
Address: 126 Edds Lane, Sterling, VA 20165
Phone: 703-444-8510
Neighborhood: Sterling
Cuisines: Burmese
Opening Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 11 to 9:30; Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 10; Sunday 11 to 9. Closed Monday.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Split-pea fritters; shredded ginger salad; marinated pork with fresh mango; pork belly with cilantro and red chilies; shrimp and pumpkin stew; chicken with coconut cream; farluda; tea-leaf salad; ohnno kaukswe.
Price Details: Starters, $4.95 to $14.95; entrees, $7.95 to $13.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

It has the sound of an indie band, but Burmese Farluda is a dessert—and a spectacular one at that. Ice cream, shredded coconut, pistachios, pudding, and thin noodles are layered parfait-style. It’s reason enough to check out this appealing Loudoun County restaurant done up with ornate tapestries and hand-painted tableware.

The expansive menu offers lots of other reasons, from crisp split-pea fritters flecked with parsley and onion to a pair of marvelous pork dishes, one with fresh mango, the other a fatty slab of pork belly stir-fried with cilantro, scallions, and red chilies. In between are quieter plates: a salad of shredded pickled ginger studded with sesame seeds and dried broad beans (reminiscent of wasabi peas without the heat); a gingery stew of shrimp and fresh pumpkin; and simple chicken cooked in coconut cream to be ladled over rice or noodles.

And to finish, that farluda.

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