Jul 10

Rich Spices at Mingalaba

A friend recommended a Burmese restaurant, Mingalaba, so I went with my sister and mom. When we arrived,  it was about 6:30pm on a Sunday and there were people in line. This restaurant was busy, there were lots of people waiting, even when we finished around 8:00pm. Just a note, you can make reservations if you have 4 or more people.

When you walk into the restaurant, your senses will wake up from the delicious aromas.  When we were ordering we were very hungry and just like a Chinese quote puts it…’our eyes were wider than our stomach’. We started with the Paratha, a Burmese crispy pancake served with curry dipping sauce. Just peel the soft crispy pancake and dip it into the spicy curry dipping sauce! A little greasy but YUMMY! We then devoured the Lap Pat Dok-Tea Leaf Salad which is a mixture of imported Burmese tea leaves, tomatoes, cabbage, dried shrimp, fried garlic, sesame seeds, peanuts and split yellow peas. I personally love Tea Leaf Salad, I love the hint of the sour tea leaves taste with the crunchy ingredients!   To warm us up, we had the well flavored Moo Hing Nga-Catfish Chowder, a Burmese style fish chowder soup made with lemon grass and ginger, served with eggs, cilantro and lemons. We also added crunchy split yellow peas to it! Blend this all together and relish!

I have to admit, we were pretty stuffed after the three dishes, but we had two more dishes to go! We then enjoyed the Pumpkin Yellow Chicken with tender kabocha squash stewed with dark meat chicken, bell peppers, string beans and carrots, the sauce from this dish was perfect with our Tampoi Rice, a Burmese style saffron rice.  Last but not least, we had their House Special Noodle, a flat noodle dish combined with coconut milk,  chicken, lime leaves, yellow pea’s powder, onion and fried thin noodles. We were expecting more spiciness out of this dish, but it was not spicy at all, it was more of a creamy coconut milk sauce.  I’m not sure if we will order this again, next time we might give another noodle dish a try.

I don’t normally rave about beverages, but the spicy Ginger Lemonade (non-alcoholic of course) was delious! If you are a ginger fan, sip on this!