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Friday, January 1, 2016

Kyusu Burmese, San Jose

I can't believe I've never had Burmese food before. It seems to be the latest hot cuisine. We found Kyusu, located at 1312 Saratoga Ave in San Jose.

Complimentary soup served at the beginning of the meal. It was a nice broth with noodles, cabbage and green onions.

Tea Leaf Salad before mixing--$9. A mix of pickled tea leaves, fried beans, fried garlic, peanuts, premium sesame seeds and sesame oil, dried shrimp, fresh tomato and fresh shredded cabbage. Served with hot red chili.

The server mixes the tea leaf salad at the table. It's like nothing I've ever had before. It was a nice mix of textures but I'm still trying to figure out what it is about the salad that makes it so addicting. We had 2 orders for 5 of us and it was just enough.

Nan Gyi Thoke--$10. Thick rice noodle served with chicken, cooked with onion, garlic, tomato, fish sauce, garlic oil, chili oil, shredded cabbage, cilantro, lemon, tamarind & roasted yellow pea powder. Again, another dish like I've never had before. The noodle was delicious--nice and thick but with a slight chew. The flavor was delicious.

Shan Style Fish & Herbs--$12. Fresh tilapia marinated with turmeric, fermented bean powder, onion, tomato, garlic, ginger, green onion, cilantro & herbs. Served in clay pot with side of rice. This was another delicious dish with amazing herbs. It was hard to pick out the different herbs in the dish but it was so good.

Yellow Pea with Vegetable Curry--$10. Burmese style soft curry with yellow pea, potato, carrot, okra and chayote or kohlrabi. Served with rice or prata. This was probably my least favorite dish.

Goat Curry, served with rice or prata--$15. Burmese style goat stew made with onions, garlic, ginger, cumin and curry leaves. This was delicious. The meat was tender and so flavorful. The goat had a very subtle flavor and was not too gamey.

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