A Taste of Burma
126 Edds Lane
Sterling, VA 20165
Tuesday through Thursday 11 to 9:30; Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 10; Sunday 11 to 9. Closed Monday.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
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.
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.