The cousin of the beloved Burma Superstar has finally made its appearance on the other side of town on the Valencia corridor. Sporting a similar menu, Burma Love has many of the same dishes that people wait in line for hours for at the location on Clement Street. Some menu items are identical such as the tea leaf salad- a necessary staple that must be ordered. It is a complex, yet perfect mix of flavors and textures with romaine lettuce, fried yellow beans, friend garlic, sesame seeds, fresh tomatoes, jalapeños, and dried shrimp.
Though similar flavors can be found at both locations, Burma Love goes deeper into the complexities of Myanmar cuisine and serves dishes that would traditionally be found at a family feast. The dishes here also carry a bit more heat, so if you are not a fan of the spicy kind of heat, it would be wise to let your server know ahead of time. We shared everything family style so that we could try as many flavors as possible. The only struggle with this restaurant is choosing what to order, because everything is so delicious.
Paired with coconut rice, we shared the Burmese Style shrimp curry. Next we shared the Fiery Tofu with Vegetable. The stir fried tofu was mixed with string beans, bell peppers and basil, cooked in a special "sweet heat" sauce. The noodle dish we shared was call Nan Pia Do. These are flat rice noodles mixed with a chicken coconut curry sauce, string beans, split yellow pea, cabbage and chilies.
We ordered two tasty and dairy-free desserts: Two generous scoops of assorted sorbets and fresh mint as well as a black rice pudding. The warmed black rice was topped with coconut ice cream, strawberries and sesame seeds. Both gooey and creamy, this is one of my favorite desserts that I have indulged in.
Burma Love does not replace Burma Superstar, but it is great spot on the other half of SF that celebrates the food of Myanmar and that does not have the long waits in line.