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
Fermented-tea-leaf salad may not sound like it’ll become your new favorite food—but order it anyway. The multi-textured starter at this airy roadside restaurant is an excellent ambassador for the cuisine of Burma, where pickled tea (called laphet) is a national delicacy. Green-mango salad—with carrot, peanuts, red onion, and cilantro—is another crunchy concoction to dig into while soaking up the serene vibe in the dining room, decorated in gold-accented art from the motherland.
You’ll find both starters on the Burmese menu—there’s a Chinese list, too, but better to bypass its familiar dishes in favor of Myanmar favorites such as mohinga, a fragrant fish broth over a nest of skinny rice noodles.
Also good: Roti pancake with curry dipping sauce; spicy pork with pickled mango; chicken with potato curry; ginger salad.