Mis­sion to Myan­mar

Har­riet Shep­hard dis­cov­ers new ex­otic tastes at Royal Orchid

Time Out Abu Dhabi - - FOOD -

WE’D AR­GUE THAT Asia is home to some of the best cuisines in the world. Whether it’s a thick and creamy In­dian curry, fresh Ja­panese sushi, or nutty pad Thai, it’s all bril­liant.

Royal Orchid spe­cialises in pro­vid­ing Abu Dhabi res­i­dents with the many fan­tas­tic and colour­ful Áavours of Asia. With dishes from China, Mon­go­lia and Thai­land, the menu pro­vides an ex­ten­sive tour of the best cuisines of the Far East. But now the Salam Street branch of the Asian restau­rant has fur­ther ex­panded its of­fer­ings to in­clude some dishes from Myan­mar.

Pre­vi­ously known as Burme, it is quickly be­com­ing the place to visit in South-east Asia, but the food from this fas­ci­nat­ing coun­try doesn’t just ap­peal to hippy back­pack­ers. It’s not all packed with hot chillis ei­ther, so even if you’re a bit of a wimp when it comes to spice lev­els, there’s no need to think that this cui­sine might not be for you.

If you al­ways Ànd your­self torn be­tween choos­ing a curry or noo­dle dish when you’re out for Asian food, the chicken khao suey curry may well be the answer to all your prob­lems.

This noo­dle dish comes with a creamy co­conut curry sauce, so re­ally it of­fers the best of both worlds. Flavoured with peanuts, co­rian­der, spring onions, gar­lic and chilli, and with a boiled egg thrown into the bar­gain, it’s de­li­cious and se­ri­ously In­sta-wor­thy, too.

Mean­while, vege­tar­i­ans will be more than satisàed by the Burmese chilli pota­toes. Also Áavoured with peanut and red chilli, this sticky cre­ation is one of the most ex­cit­ing and dis­tinc­tive ways of el­e­vat­ing the sim­ple po­tato that we’ve ever come across.

If it’s all about the meat for you, then the Burmese sliced lamb and Burmese-style chicken with crunchy beans will re­ally ap­peal.

Or, if just fancy a huge pile of wok-fried noo­dles, chicken and veg­eta­bles, you can’t go wrong with the vi­brant bamee goreng.

It’s all more than enough to con­vince us that a trip to Yangon needs to hap­pen ASAP.

→ From Dhs30. Open daily noon-11pm. Salam Street. Al Zahiyah (02 677 9911).

WHAT IS IT... Ad­di­tions to the Asian restau­rant’s Salam Street menu WHY GO... For the com­bi­na­tion of the crispy noo­dles and creamy curry sauce in the chicken khao suey. It’s re­ally dreamy

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