Rangoon, a Burmese restaurant from the people behind Rangoon NoodleLab, had a soft opening in February of 2020. I stopped by on a cold winter night to check them out, but to be honest I was a little underwhelmed. I decided it wasn’t fair to judge them based on their soft opening, and vowed to return when they were up and running. A few weeks later the world shut down, but somehow Rangoon managed to make it work. In that time they have been open for delivery and limited outdoor dining, and even better they added a new vegetarian dish to their menu. I ordered it the other night and wow, it was was worth the wait. Tohu Nway is a dish of rice noodles covered in a chickpea-turmeric “gravy”, with a bunch of vibrant condiments like pickled mustard greens and chili oil. Mixed together the dish was a remarkable balance of salty, sour, bitter, and spicy flavors. It’s good to have another Burmese restaurant nearby, there are so few in the city and, unfortunately, it seems like Together Burmese has permanently closed.
Over the past few years I’ve been hearing stories of the spicy chicken sandwich wars raging among the fast food titans. As a vegetarian I haven’t been able to pick a side, until now. The Buffalo Chicken sandwich is a vegan “chicken” patty smothered in spicy Buffalo-style sauce and a vegan blue cheese. It’s nothing fancy, just a good fast food-style sandwich — only vegan. Bonus: they also have vegan chocolate chip cookies.
Just a few weeks ago I wrote about how leaving the cheese off of a sandwich (as per doctor’s orders) made the sandwich even better, and here I am again repeating the advice. On a recent trip to Win Son Bakery I got the veggie sandwich, on a scallion pancake rather than a bun, and asked them to omit the usual raclette cheese. The result was an amazing sandwich, the mushroom-turnip cake was incredibly moist and flavorful even after an hour in the car on the way home.
I’ve written about the Trinidadian specialty doubles before, and a few weeks ago I wrote about a vegan bake. I knew I still had to find the best in Brooklyn, and my research led me to A&A Bake and Doubles. I didn’t love the doubles, I found the channa to be a little subdued in flavor even with the tamarind and pepper sauce. But I loved the veggie bake I got, with okra and pumpkin (and a little pepper sauce). The sweet and savory mix in the fried dough sandwich was great, and made me fall in love with the cuisine all over again. Now I have to find some truly great doubles. Any suggestions?