Tea is not just for drinking, especially when its crunchy salad form from a tasty Burmese restaurant in Burlingame, a San Francisco suburb. Does this defiantly win on the weird level with Tea Leaf Salad? It almost feels like I should add some hot water to it. Strange for us, but not odd for people from Burma. One of the few places in the world where they eat and drink their tea. It sounds and looks funny, but it tastes great. A very unique and exciting salad that is fewer greens and more of other things like a whole lot of peanuts and split yellow peas. That weird looking green pasty thing is the tea leaves that were fermented or pickled. It has this very light and soft flavor combined with all that crunchy peanuts. Big fan of the dried shrimp for that extra flavor and jalapeños for an extra kick. In a way, all the ingredients mix so well together that they create one strong flavor. Its one of those dishes you can’t get enough of with such a unique and weird flavor you want to keep on eating. Make you look for it on the menu. This salad is listed as Lap Pat Dok.
Tea Leaf Salad @ Mingalaba San Francisco