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  • 112 North 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA
  • Phone: 215-829-8939
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Latest About Rangoon

Cheap Eats: Deep-Fried Salad At Rangoon


For last month’s issue of Philly Mag I reviewed Fette Sau. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would—but that surprise wasn’t entirely a pleasant one. As it turns out, there’s a downside to double-checking just how good that BBQ short rib was (and the pork belly, and the brisket, and the pulled pork…), and then cross-checking them against the offerings at Blue Belly, Bubba’s, and Percy Street: Meat exhaustion.

An enlightened person would have simply fasted between these missions. I am no such person. Unless you count making it all the way to noon before eating lunch, I don’t fast. And usually the impure thoughts start hitting me around 10:30am.

In other words, salads were going to be the only way out.

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Philadelphia’s Only Burmese Restaurant

Rick Nichols visits the family-run Rangoon , Philadelphia’s only Burmese restaurant and finds that the news of protests from back home weigh heavily.

For close to 15 years, Rangoon has been a fixture on north Ninth Street, the easterly flank of Chinatown, and while Vietnamese places have multiplied, and Thai, and even Malaysian – there are two now – it has remained a singular, well-run, and proudly distinctive presence.

As we commiserate, dish after dish emerges from the kitchen – creamy crabmeat dumplings fried in the shape of starbursts, and stretchy, pan-fried “thousand layer bread” (reminiscent of Penang’s roti canai paper-thin pancakes) that you dip in spicy potato curry sauce, or if you prefer, a yellowish vatana dip, fashioned from the soaked, and then steamed, vatana bean, which is along the lines of a slightly firmer chickpea.

Road from Mandalay [Philadelphia Inquirer]