We're spoiled by the scope of Asian food in Los Angeles, having the luxury to choose between a Gujarati vegetarian feast or Punjabi-style tandoori dishes, ramen hailing from Hokkaido or Sapporo. But when it comes to Burmese food, it's likely that most of us can count the number of restaurants serving it with one hand and the cuisine's notable dishes with the other.
C. Chiao Rainbow salad at the Golden Owl
Shwe Lynn Chin opened the Golden Owl in La Puente for this very reason, intent on making mohinga (a fish vermicelli soup considered Burma's national dish), coconut chicken noodle and rainbow salad just as commonplace. Now in a soft-open phase, Chin is still tweaking the menu and trying to streamline kitchen protocol. At the moment, the restaurant features a reasonably priced, one-page menu with options ranging from noodles to rice bowls to sandwiches.More »