Finally made it over to Daw Yee Myanmar Corner the other night with some friends.
Tea Leaf Salad was bizarre for me. I was hoping it lacked cabbage like my favorite version at Mandalay in SF, but no dice. The server seemed to have absolutely no idea how to actually mix it properly lol. I don’t know what it was but the tea leaves seemed very chewy, and overall the salad felt really dry. I was fairly disappointing and would consider Yoma’s version or Lukshon’s version far superior.
Ginger Salad was better. Quite vibrant with ginger yet not overpowering. Pretty tasty overall. Blew the vegetarian in the group’s mind.
Platha with Chickpeas was alright. Really dense platha…seems wrong to me. The platha I’ve had in SF is more like the roti at Night + Market than this rather thick, intensely doughy stuff. But I guess it was ok. The mashed chickpeas were perfumed with curry alright, but kind of dry.
Coconut Chicken Curry Platha was maybe the best dish of the night thanks to the chicken curry, which showed off a significantly addictive savor with a subtle sweetness and juicy texture that balanced the doughy platha well.
Yellow Lentil Tofu Sticks were also quite good. I’ve never had lentil tofu, but these were excellent, having the snap of hardboiled eggs in texture almost. The sauce was a bit like a watery sriracha, and was ok, but the tumeric-laced lentil tofu sticks were not bad by themselves.
Vegetable Curry was a sleeper hit as the veggies were kept in sold states, but almost liquefied into flavor essences in your mouth. A zesty curry base amped it up just enough, but the rice was unnecessary and a bit overcooked for my tastes.
Mohinga was really watery, and really needed all of the chili flakes and lime to be palatable. I took most of it home, and it was better with some next-day funk, but to me this seemed to miss the mark of being flavored by onion/lemongrass/ginger that should be typical of the dish. The version at Yoma far better captures the flavors that make this the national dish of Myanmar, versus the exceptionally bland version here. At least they let you take it to go… but… maybe that’s not a good sign in the end. The chickpea fritter is a nice touch, but just doesn’t do enough to save the rest of it to me.
Daw Yee’s Faluda is really good, though. An absurdist drink of pink milk filled with assorted jellies, ice cream, and excellent, savory pudding as well as tapioca. The savory pudding in their version edges it out over Yoma’s I think. The best thing of the night.
Service for the evening was borderline incompetent. Orders were hard to place, dishes were not mixed properly, dishes were not clear from the table, water was never refilled, we had to wait about 45 minutes to get a check even after everything had been pushed off to the side…
The room was extremely noisy, and conversation was nearly impossible.
The food was very vegen/vegetarian-friendly, and enthralled the veg-only person in our 3 person group. The food seemed very clean, hewing towards the Silverlake demographic in no uncertain terms. I have nothing against this, but the meal seemed to lake the deep, soulful flavors I associate with the best Myanmar cooking I’ve had in my life. Depsite the low cost, I left feeling pretty disappointed and can’t really imagine going back. I guess I’ll just plan my trips to Yoma better or eat at Mandalay when I am up in SF more specifically lol
Too bad; I liked the late hours, and had high hopes for this place.