Cheap Eats 2012: Myanmar

Cheap Eats 2012

Perfectly fried appetizers are a must at this minimally appointed Burmese spot. Choose nutty cubes of yellow chickpea tofu or earthy squash fritters served with a tangy tamarind sauce. A mouth-cooling shredded salad with green-tea leaf or ginger is a good prelude to a hearty chicken-and-potato curry or shrimp in a creamy coconut gravy with crunchy snow peas. Fans of Malaysian-style roti will love the just-oily-enough “thousand-layered” pancake—a tasty vehicle for soaking up those spicy sauces.

Also good: Pumpkin curry in sweet-onion gravy; cold Rangoon-style noodles; potato samosas; lentil fritters.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.