Burmese tofu is made from powdered
lentils mixed with turmeric and salt. The
fried tofu is crunchy on the outside but
marvelously soft and creamy inside, and
the chili sauce it is served with keeps
things interesting on the flavor front.
Naturally, biryani (“festival rice”) is the
first item in the rice section of the menu.
However, unlike Indian biryani, which is a
mixture of rice and meat cooked together,
the aromatic, slow-cooked mixture of
meat and vegetables at Rangoon is served
on a separate layer of rice.
Burmese cuisine reflects influences
from neighboring India, Thailand and
China. This means you will come across
familiar flavors in new guises as you work
your way through the bewildering array
of dishes. Southern Burma fried noodles,
with its mix of sweet and sour, will
remind you of pad Thai, whereas Shan
rice noodles, a northeastern dish, has the
deep flavor of fermented soybeans.
The Rangoon night market noodles,
on the other hand, have the lightness and
simplicity of a dish put together quickly—
as the name suggests, this is a favorite in
the brightly lit markets that pop up after
the sun goes down and the work hours are
over. Of all the noodle dishes at Rangoon,
this is a clear winner. The egg noodles,
lightly dotted with garlic, scallions and
meat, have the texture of linguini with
clams. Our other entree, tomato curry
tofu, is Burmese tofu cooked in a very
Indian masala sauce in which the flavors of onions, tomato and garlic melt
together and soak into the tofu.
As we eat, I notice Gyaw smoothing a
family fracas at the next table. A big family is at lunch and the teenage daughter
is sulking because she doesn’t want to
eat. The father chides her. The grandmother scolds him for being too harsh.
Everyone is looking uncomfortable.
But Gyaw smiles at the daughter and
offers to come back later for her order,
nods understandingly at the father and
exchanges a knowing glance with the
grandmother. One of the children cracks
a joke and the father wipes his brow and
grins. The teenager mindlessly opens the
menu. The tension is gone and the family
is ready to enjoy lunch.
This is what the hospitality at
Rangoon Burmese Restaurant is truly
about—a warm serving of affection with
a side of wholesome food. 112 N. Ninth St.,
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