Burma Superstar – lives up to the hype

Burma Superstar – 309 Clement Street, San Francisco (Inner Richmond). http://www.burmasuperstar.com

Some places are super hyped. So much so that when you actually end up going there, you get disappointed. Luckily, Burma Superstar did not disappoint.

It’s been on my list to try – recommended by everyone local to SF. Also, I had never had Burmese food before, so I was curious. As it turns out, Burmese food felt like a juxtaposition of Thai, Chinese and Indian food.

As I noted in my post back in September (here), one of my hardcore foodie friends went as far as to say that the “coconut rice is easily one of the top 10 most delicious things I’ve eaten, EVER!” I was curious.

Clockwise from top left: The Superstar, the exterior, the interior

What we ate:

  • Rainbow Salad – Featured on Food Network – “Salad made with 22 different ingredients. Four types of noodles, green papaya, tofu, onions, dried shrimp, (or vegetarian) and a tamarind dressing”. YUMMMMMMMM – I loved this salad – so light yet so many different tastes in one single dish. It’s cool how they bring out all the ingredients, explain all 22, and then proceed to mix it up (see above for before and after).
  • Vegetarian Samusa Soup – Featured on Food Network and Bay Area Backroads! – “Even though it’s vegetarian, this remains our most popular soup for both meat eaters and vegetarians alike.” This is YUMMMMMM – the soup is just so hearty! I loved the fried samosas and falafel that are soaked in the spicy soup. My favourite dish here!
  • Mint Chicken – “Street food found in the border of Burma and Thailand. Prepared w/ minced chicken, mint, cloves of garlic and jalapenos”. If you love spicy food, you will love this. Just a great combination of chicken and spice, although it didn’t seem that “minty” to me.
  • Pumpkin Pork Stew- “Tender pork stew slow cooked with kabocha squash and ginger”. Another great dish – the pork cooked perfectly and the pumpkin makes a very nice, hearty dish.
  • Coconut Rice (per order) – “Aromatic jasmine rice cooked with coconut milk and topped with fried onions.” The lead up to this coconut rice was definitely a big one – my friend told me to try it separately first before clouding the taste with the curries. It was good – BUT, I wouldn’t say one of the best 10 things I’ve ever tried (Sorry Tommy!).

Clockwise from top left: Rainbow Salad (before), Rainbow Salad (after), Samusa Soup

Clockwise from top left: Pumpkin Pork Stew, Coconut Rice, Mint Chicken, Chicken Noodles

the verdict: 8.5/10 – YUMMMMMMY and definitely lives up to the hype. also great value for money

don’t forget to order: the samusa soup and rainbow salad 🙂

to try next time: the SuperStar Shrimp – wok tossed shrimps with a chili and garlic sauce
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