Burmese food is almost becoming a thing in Vancouver, with Laksa King (previously Bo Laksa King), Amay’s House and now Wahh Tee. Burmese food in Vancouver still isn’t at the level of say Burma Superstar in San Francisco, but with more places popping up, hopefully it will lead to a more developed scene.
Wahh Tee is located on Joyce St., just a bit north of Joyce Skytrain Station. Ironically, Wahh Tee is a couple doors down from the convenience store where the original location of Bo Laksa King was way back in 2009.
Their current hours.
They’ve been tweaking the menu with stickers. Good that they’re removing stuff that they can’t execute or doesn’t sell well. They removed the large size of the noodle soups for some reason.
Appetizer section got slashed. Fried chicken/beef/pork/fish/shrimp balls are gone. No more Hainanese Chicken.
Samosas are veggie-only now, but cheaper at 3 for $2.
What’s a “sooji”? We found out below…
Condiments: those killer hot smoky chili flakes, sambal oelek and what I think is soy sauce.
Spicy Fish Noodle Soup (aka Mohinga), medium size. Broth was watery and doesn’t reach the level of Burma Superstar (SF) nor the very first time we ate at Amay’s House. Crunchy fried lentil bits are good but the weak broth let the dish down.
I’ve found the mohinga at Amay’s House to be a bit variable too…some days it’s deep and flavourful, other days it’s a bit weak and watery. So that might be the case here too… 🙁
Myanmar Biryani Rice with Curry Chicken. The Friday Lunch tried a version with pork, which isn’t really listed on the menu. There’s Pork Curry, which is served on plain rice, so I think you can substitute the chicken in the biryani with pork if you desire. The rice in the biryani was fantastic. Separated grains, golden tumeric colour…maybe there was even saffron in there? The big chunks of chicken were white meat but surprisingly moist inside. The flavour of the curry is actually really hard to describe, other than savoury. Intensely flavoured, it went really well with the rice. Side salad with cabbage, tomato and cucumber was a nice cleanser but we actually preferred to eat the biryani with this:
Pennywort Salad with shrimp powder, bean powder, onions, lemon juice and fish sauce. It was a bit like eating chopped-up cilantro with leaves and stems but with the taste of romaine lettuce with a hint of grassiness. Wicca’s enjoyed pennywort drinks in the past but this was our first time eating pennywort salad. She loved it while I thought it was missing a little something.
The mysterious Sooji dessert. As far as I know, it’s cream of wheat made into a steamed dessert. White poppyseeds on top. It’s only slightly sweet with subtle flavours of brown sugar. Reminds me of Chinese glutinous steamed cakes or a really dense flan. We actually went a bit overboard with the dried chili flakes on our biryani so this dessert came in handy to cool down the heat on our tongues.
This is a small restaurant with a big heart. Homestyle cooking with friendly service. The menu is small but it should be that way. I wanna come back to try that biryani with pork.