Mission to Myanmar
Harriet Shephard discovers new exotic tastes at Royal Orchid
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