It was disappointing to learn that Daw Yee Myanmar Cafe in Monterey Park had shuttered due to the inability to negotiate a new lease. However, there’s still Daw Yee Myanmar Corner to nosh at when one has a craving for refined Burmese dishes. The food here is modernized to adapt to the local clientele in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles. As such, some of the recipes used at the Cafe have been modified in order for Corner to offer up vegan and/or gluten free options.
The food here is still good, but some dishes will lack some of the pronounced flavors to the dishes due to the modifications and to accommodate special dietary needs.
Favorites of mine still include the Kima Platha, Mohinga, Tea Leaf Salad, and the desserts. The dessert may not seem like much, but they sure hit the spot for me, with the best being the Tapioca Cake, made with tapioca flour and coconut. Light sweet and fragrant from the taste of coconut the every bite. The Semolina wheat cake and the cassava cake were hot out of the oven, dense, yet moist and also lightly sweetened. A cup of coffee would go nice with the Semolina wheat cake. The cassava cake had this sweet custardy taste to it.
Tea Leaf Salad (Laphet Thoke) (Fermented tea leaves, tomatoes, roasted peanuts, fried yellow lentils, fried garlic, toasted sesame, shredded cabbage, lime juice and fish sauce)
Gin Thoke (Pickled ginger, roasted butter beans, roasted lentils, toasted sesame, peanut butter and shredded cabbage) (Vegan)
Kima Platha (Platha stuffed with masala seasoned beef)
Samosas (stuffed with potatoes and peas)
Potato Pancakes (stuffed with ground lamb, mint and chili)
Kachin Style Salmon Belly
Kachin Style Salmon Belly
Mohinga (Thin rice noodles and hard-boiled egg in catfish chowder, garnished with a yellow lentil crisp)
Shan Noodles (Rice stick noodles with coconut chicken, roasted peanuts, toasted sesame, chili oil and Shan pickles)
Garlic Noodles with Shredded Duck
Goat Stew (goat curry and lentils stew, served with a side of platha)
Platha (Flaky, multi-layered pancake)
Asone Thoke (Hand Mixed Noodles with rice stick noodles, wheat noodles, sweet potato noodles, shredded papaya, cucumber, carrot, cabbage, fried garlic, Myanmar tofu and potatoes.
Steak Bowl (tri-tip steak, shallots in spiced rum, seasonal vegetables, brown rice and fried egg)
Pumpkin Curry (Vegan)
Lemongrass Chicken (Ground chicken wrapped around a lemongrass stick and served with brown rice and seasonal vegetables)
Tapioca Cakes (tapioca, coconut milk, and white rice flour)
Shwe Kyi Cakes (Semolina wheat cake with poppy seeds)
Cassava Cake (cassava four and egg)