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
"Soup and salad" is often regarded in penitential terms--what you order if you're counting calories. But here the combo amounts to a mini-feast. You could walk out the door happy if you order nothing else.
The Burmese regard salad-making as an art, and while the best of these salads--whether a version with pickled tea leaves or one featuring shredded green mango--may look like nothing so much as coleslaw, they're intricately layered creations, alive with crunch and tang and heat. The soups--such as the mohingar, a fish broth shot through with ginger and lime, or a creamy coconut-chicken soup--are as rib-sticking as stews.
The kitchen excels across the board. Its noodle dishes, stir-fries, and curries are amply rewarding. Bypass the separate Chinese menu--a sop to the less adventurous--and don't bother sticking around for dessert, which features a disappointingly crumbly version of shweji, the coconut-custard cake that Burmese home cooks trot out for special occasions.
Also good: Ginger salad; green-papaya salad; rice noodles with chicken and chili sauce; spicy pork with pickled mango.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.