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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Burma Love, aka Burma Superstar, Now Open in the Mission

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click to enlarge The famed tea leaf salad. This picture was taken at the Burma Superstar, but the portion and presentation is the exact same at Burma Love. - OMAR MAMOON
  • Omar Mamoon
  • The famed tea leaf salad. This picture was taken at the Burma Superstar, but the portion and presentation is the exact same at Burma Love.

I grew up in an Indian-Burmese household, and my mom was an awesome cook. Though she mostly made northern Indian curries and biryanis, my mom would often cook up a mean mohinga (Burmese catfish chowder) and mix up a tasty lahpet (tea leaf salad). So when I moved to San Francisco eight years ago, I was thrilled to find that both of these dishes could be found at Burma Superstar — and that the dishes tasted spot-on. But living in the Mission, I soon learned that my Burmese food cravings required time and a trek: literally a 20+ minute, $20+ taxi just one-way to only have to wait in a cold, cold line for upwards of two hours (firstworld problems, I know, but nonetheless, still problems) at the Burma Superstar and it's sister restaurant, B Star, in the Inner Richmond. Well, Burma Superstar fans rejoice: the new location on Valencia just opened last week. It's called Burma Love, and it's delicious.

click to enlarge Mohinga, a catfish chowder that's the national dish of Burma. Perfect on a foggy San Francisco night or if you're extremely hungover. - OMAR MAMOON
  • Omar Mamoon
  • Mohinga, a catfish chowder that's the national dish of Burma. Perfect on a foggy San Francisco night or if you're extremely hungover.
Burma Love is much larger than Burma Superstar, with two long dining rooms as well as a bar (full liquor-license is pending). The atmosphere is a little more modern and swankier than Burma Superstar, and the menu prices are $2-$3 more expensive (very analogous to the 16th Street location of Lers Ros compared with its original Larkin Street location). But for me, the lack of line and close proximity for those living closer to the City center is well worth the extra few bucks on the bill, and the quality is better (all the chicken and lamb is organic). 
click to enlarge Burmese Style Shrimp. Make sure to pair with the coconut rice. - OMAR MAMOON
  • Omar Mamoon
  • Burmese Style Shrimp. Make sure to pair with the coconut rice.

If you've never had Burma Superstar, or Burmese food, here's a solid order that'll make you look like you grew up eating the stuff: come with 3 or 4 people, and start with the flaky buttery roti with curry and the tea leaf salad (duh). For the main, get the warm catfish chowder soup (mohinga); it's the national dish of Burma, and make sure to dress it with a squeeze of lemon and spice it up with dried chilis. Finally, finish with a spicy and sweet Burmese shrimp curry with a side order of coconut rice. You'll leave stuffed, satisfied, and happy.

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