Thursday, August 11, 2011
It's time once again for one of my all time favorite food events of the year, the this weekend's 16th Annual Fun Fair at the Myanmar Baptist Church in Queens...
You don't often find Burmese food in the city and this is high quality home cooked goods. Before my first Fun Fair experience a few years ago I was completely unfamiliar with the wonder that is Burmese food. 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.
Tips: Bring cash and your appetite. Food tickets are $1 each and different dishes have different ticket prices.
Here are some of my favorites from years past:
Light and refreshing spring rolls...
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 event has been growing in popularity with food lovers from all backgrounds and for the past couple of years they've outfitted the tables with illustrated signs in English with photos of the dishes. The parish community is warm and welcoming and did I mention that I love the food?
Date: Saturday, August 13, 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: