Burma Superstar is one of the restaurants on our Must Eat San Francisco list. This ethnic Burmese restaurant is famous amongst San Franciscans and has over 4306 votes of 4 stars and above on Yelp. Burma Superstar may not be a San Francisco tourist attraction but it is definitely one to add to the list. Get here early to avoid the line ups! We were lucky after coming back from Napa that we didn’t have to wait long. Don’t worry! They have heaters in the front should it get chilly.
Since Burma shares borders with India, China, Laos and Thailand, it shares many of the same flavor profiles. Burmese cuisine is expected to be full of complexities, spices, and seasonings.
Rainbow Salad: Featured on Food Network. This salad made with 22 different ingredients. Four types of noodles, green papaya, tofu, onions, dried shrimp, (or vegetarian) and a tamarind dressing. This salad reminds me of a pad thai with some spices and crunchy nuts. It is a refreshing salad.
Tea Leaf Salad: This salad was featured on Food Network and is one of their signature dishes. This romaine salad is Asian inspired and is highlighted with lahpet. Lahpet is the Burmese word for fermented tea. The fermented tea used in this salad comes from Burma. The tea has a bittersweet taste that lingers with a smooth finish. Corn, pine nuts, fried garlic chips, peanuts, fried yellow split peas/lentils and toasted sesame is added on top of sesame oil to enhance the nutty, earthy flavor of this Tea Leaf Salad. The salad is tossed in front of you while the server explains the ingredients.
Pumpkin Pork Stew: This cozy tender pork stew slow cooked with kabocha squash and ginger. The pork cubes are slow cooked for many hours and literally melt in your mouth, fall of the bones soft. I love how the pumpkin soaks up all the sauce and juices from the pork.
Chili Lamb: Not available mild. Do not let the all the red chili scare you. It really isn’t that spicy! I’m sure they have removed the seeds and membranes. Stir fried lamb with dried and fresh chili, onion and basil, comes medium spicy, or spicier! There is a sweet finish to the sauce and is a subtle basil flavor poking through. The lamb strips are tender and goes perfectly with their delicious coconut rice.
Coconut Rice: So what’s the fuzz with just some coconut rice? The Burma Superstar coconut rice seems to be have cooked in coconut milk. There is a strong coconut flavor with toasted coconut flakes.
309 Clement St
San Francisco, CA
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