Slideshow: The Burmese Food Fair: Awesome Noodle Soup, Shave Ice, and Karaoke

Danbauk
Danbauk
What I'm calling summer biryani: tender savory chicken atop fragrant, spiced rice, with some fresh vegetables off to the side. This managed to be rich and light all at once; it's better than 90% of the chicken and rice dishes you'll find in a styrofoam container in this city.
Laphet Thohk
Laphet Thohk
A salad of fried split peas, sesame seeds, peanuts, fried garlic, tomato, and cabbage, dressed with rich peanut oil and sour preserved tea leaves.
Young ginger salad
Young ginger salad
Made with the same crisp fried nuts as the tea leaf salad, but with cool, refreshing young ginger instead.
Volunteers
Volunteers
All the dishes were cooked and sold by members of the Burmese community.
Volunteers
Volunteers
Plenty of kids helped out their relatives assemble and sell food throughout the day.
Pyay Palata
Pyay Palata
Described as "puffy layer bread," cut into small pieces and set afloat in a mild, split pea-thickened chicken and potato curry. Totally homey, totally delicious. The flaky flatbread chunks take on the texture of flat Southern dumplings in the sauce.
Tohu Thohk
Tohu Thohk
My favorite savory bite of the day: sliced sticks of chickpea-based tofu in a mild, perfectly balanced dressing. It was funky from the fish sauce on first bite, but the finish carried a fresh, mellow sweetness.
Salad assembly
Salad assembly
Tohu Nway
Tohu Nway
A very creamy, very thick curry sauce with rice noodles, fried shallots, peanuts, preserved mustard greens, and herbs. Almost like a savory pudding.
Kyout Kyaw Thanpayar
Kyout Kyaw Thanpayar
A sweet grass jelly drink, one of the better I've had the pleasure of sipping.
Ohn-no Kout Swel
Ohn-no Kout Swel
A coconut and chicken noodle soup topped with shrimp chips. Would that I could eat this every time I'm sick.
Short Lines (in the morning)
Short Lines (in the morning)
If you're marking your calendar for next year's fair, take note: get there early when the lines are short. But if you can only make it later on, you'll probably learn a thing or two from the locals while waiting on line.
Shave Ice
Shave Ice
On comes the condensed milk.
Shave Ice
Shave Ice
Great by any standards, but made fantastic by crunchy, sweet peanuts, a brilliant textural contrast.
Ohn-sane Nu Kyout Kyaw
Ohn-sane Nu Kyout Kyaw
Agar jello made creamy with coconut milk.
This is what happiness looks like
This is what happiness looks like