What's the big deal? Well, for starters let's consider Myanmar's geographic location, shall we? Myanmar is bordered by China on the northeast, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, and India on the northwest. As you can imagine there are all sorts of interesting influences in Burmese cuisine.
Bring cash and your appetite. Food tickets are $1 each and different dishes have different ticket prices. They are also will be selling Raffle Tickets to benefit Myanmar Cyclone Relief.
Here are some of my favorites from last year:
The spring rolls were light and refreshing...
Pickled mustard greens. Hello, delicious...
One of the most popular dishes at the fair by far is the fresh fried paratha bread. If you want to give it a try you'd best put your name on the list when you first arrive. You have to pay in advance and get a ticket to reserve your spot. Each bread is made to order so the wait is LONG.
The first year we went we put in our order and ended up giving away our ticket because we had to go before our bread was ready. As (bad) luck would have it our number was called just as we were leaving. Last year we put in our order first thing and had no trouble getting our bread without too arduous a wait.
While most of the fair's attendees are Burmese, the church members were an enormously welcoming group of people. Last year the Pastor of the church came over to say hello and sat with us for a bit talking about the food and the event itself.
The event has been growing in popularity with food lovers from all backgrounds and last year I noticed that they outfitted the tables with illustrated signs in English with photos of the dishes.
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2010 Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm Location: 143-55 84th Drive Briarwood, NY 11435 (Former site of Myanmar Baptist Church-NY)
~Directions by Subway
~Take F train, get off at VanWyck Blvd station. Use North exit stairways on side of Police Station. Look for 84th Drive on Queens Blvd. (There is Dunkin Donuts at the corner of 84th Drive and Queens Blvd.). Walk about 10 minutes along 84th Drive. You will see the Church on your left.
~ By Car - Take Grand Central Parkway(East), get off at Exit-16 (Parsons Blvd), make immediate right tum at 150th St. Go about 3 short blocks and turn right to 84th Drive. Go straight for 2 short blocks and you will see the Church at the corner of 84tn Drive and Smedley St.
For more pictures from previous fairs check out this slideshow: