617 South Frederick Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Cuisines: Burmese, Chinese
Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 10:30 PM, and Sunday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Pickled-tea-leaf-and-ginger salad; coconut noodle soup with chicken; mohinga (fish soup); shrimp with onion/tomato curry; fried shrimp over batter-fried greens; stir-fried pork with mustard greens; noodles with chili sauce, chicken, onions, and cilantro.
seafood & meat dishes below $15; appetizers between $1.25 and $5.50
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Delivery, Good for Groups
Why go: The cooking—from the stellar salads and soups to the rich and expressive curries—is as exciting as the setting is soothing. Burmese restaurants are gaining in number and quality here, and Charlie Sheh’s is at the head of a good class.
What to get: Pickled-tea-leaf salad and ginger salad, their flavors intricate and complex; any noodle dish, including a version drenched in chili sauce and topped with onions, cilantro, and chicken; mohinga, an aromatic fish soup that’s the national dish of Burma; PaZun hin, jumbo shrimp in onion-and-tomato curry; stir-fried pork with sour mustard greens.
Best for: Leisurely exploration of the long menu.
Insider tip: The menu is divided equally between Chinese and Burmese dishes. The former have their moments, but you’re here for the latter.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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