Cheap Eats 2011: A 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

This is a serene place to enjoy some of the area's best Burmese offerings, a culinary tradition that borrows from Thai, Indian, and Chinese flavors. Try the exotic-sounding but easy-to-like fermented-tea-leaf salad, a celebration of crunchy and soft, sweet and savory, earthy and bright. A shareable appetizer sampler, served with three spicy dips, lets you front-load a meal with fried opo squash and chickpea fritters along with shrimp tempura and samosas. Indian-inspired curried chicken with coconut rice also marries savory and sweet, while the beef with sweet basil is a Thai-influenced plate of expertly cooked beef and eggplant with a marvelously spicy, tangy brown sauce. Finish with the shweji, a custardy cake of coconut and Cream of Wheat.

Also good: Split-pea fritters; grilled-beef salad; Gold Mountain noodles with chicken and coconut sauce; goat curry; ginger or coconut ice cream.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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