- Cuisine: Burmese
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
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.
New York’s Midtown Lunch has launched inÂ Philadelphia. Its mission will be the same as its New York counterpart, find good lunches for under $10 and tell the tales of urban lunching adventures.
First up for Midtown Lunch, lunch specials at Rangoon.
Midtown Lunch – Philadelphia [Official Site via Grub Street]
And So It Begins… Burmese Lunch Specials at Rangoon [Midtown Lunch]
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]