Summary

Through Burma Love Foods, Americans can experience the unique and delicious flavors of Burmese cuisine.

In 1992, it was somewhat a rarity to find a restaurant in the Bay Area, California that served deliciously authentic Burmese food. Desmond Tan, who had grown up eating Burmese food, noticed this absence in restaurants and set out to purchase the original Burma Superstar restaurant located on Clement Street in San Francisco. Since then, a sister restaurant and consumer packaged company, Burma Love and Burma Love Foods, have grown out of the unanticipated high demand for Burmese food in the area.

Today, Burma Love Foods (BLF) stands by their mission to enable customers to bring flavors of Burma into their homes. They partner with Paulang tea farmers who source the highest quality tea leaves from the Namhsan Mountains of Burma, 6,000 feet above sea level. After working closely with these tea farmers, BLF remains cognizant of how climate change has the potential to decimate tea farms and their livelihoods. As a result, BLF promotes sustainable efforts in their farming practices, packaging, and throughout their general business efforts.

Bi-annually, as a team, BLF goes to Burma/Myanmar to check in with their tea farmers. Every time, the farmers cook them a feast made with foods grown on their farm: “The highlight of the meal is usually the jasmine rice peppered with strands of fermented tea leaves. The dish is incredibly aromatic because of the tea and elevates the white rice into an explosion of umami goodness.” Although Desmond is unable to perfectly replicate this dish at home, one of his favorite meals to make is Mohinga, the national dish of Burma: “It's rich in flavor and hits all the notes: savory, sweet, sour. If you want to try making this at home, I recommend the Burma Superstar version located here.”

As of recent, Burma Love Foods has witnessed an increase in consumers wanting plant-based, ethnic cuisines. Although they believe this trend began to rise just about a year ago, they foresee it lasting throughout 2020 and beyond as people increasingly care about eating well and renewing the planet. In accordance with this trend, BLF has been feeling the love from individuals far and wide as they have been receiving calls and emails from customers living in New York, Oregon, and Texas asking for their beloved Tea Leaf Dressing. Not only does BLF encourage everyone to reach out and support their favorite producers and vendors, but they also encourage people to cherish their local businesses whenever possible: “Countless small businesses like restaurants and manufacturers are in jeopardy of shuttering their doors for good which means that the economic and cultural stimulus that help bolster and define a community is also in jeopardy of disappearing. Eating locally helps sustain local businesses that you personally want to see survive. So when we can, we purchase locally.”

At Thistle, we wholeheartedly support Burma Love Foods’ mission of bringing Burmese flavors into customer’s homes by offering the Burmese Tea Leaf Salad on our menu. We are honored to bring this salad to life as we know Desmond grew up eating this “as a snack with afternoon tea, as a post meal savory dessert, or even at formal occasions between world leaders.” We hope that our customers equally enjoy the ingredients and Burmese flavors in this salad as much as Desmond did growing up.

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Aug 13, 2020
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Summary

Through Burma Love Foods, Americans can experience the unique and delicious flavors of Burmese cuisine.

In 1992, it was somewhat a rarity to find a restaurant in the Bay Area, California that served deliciously authentic Burmese food. Desmond Tan, who had grown up eating Burmese food, noticed this absence in restaurants and set out to purchase the original Burma Superstar restaurant located on Clement Street in San Francisco. Since then, a sister restaurant and consumer packaged company, Burma Love and Burma Love Foods, have grown out of the unanticipated high demand for Burmese food in the area.

Today, Burma Love Foods (BLF) stands by their mission to enable customers to bring flavors of Burma into their homes. They partner with Paulang tea farmers who source the highest quality tea leaves from the Namhsan Mountains of Burma, 6,000 feet above sea level. After working closely with these tea farmers, BLF remains cognizant of how climate change has the potential to decimate tea farms and their livelihoods. As a result, BLF promotes sustainable efforts in their farming practices, packaging, and throughout their general business efforts.

Bi-annually, as a team, BLF goes to Burma/Myanmar to check in with their tea farmers. Every time, the farmers cook them a feast made with foods grown on their farm: “The highlight of the meal is usually the jasmine rice peppered with strands of fermented tea leaves. The dish is incredibly aromatic because of the tea and elevates the white rice into an explosion of umami goodness.” Although Desmond is unable to perfectly replicate this dish at home, one of his favorite meals to make is Mohinga, the national dish of Burma: “It's rich in flavor and hits all the notes: savory, sweet, sour. If you want to try making this at home, I recommend the Burma Superstar version located here.”

As of recent, Burma Love Foods has witnessed an increase in consumers wanting plant-based, ethnic cuisines. Although they believe this trend began to rise just about a year ago, they foresee it lasting throughout 2020 and beyond as people increasingly care about eating well and renewing the planet. In accordance with this trend, BLF has been feeling the love from individuals far and wide as they have been receiving calls and emails from customers living in New York, Oregon, and Texas asking for their beloved Tea Leaf Dressing. Not only does BLF encourage everyone to reach out and support their favorite producers and vendors, but they also encourage people to cherish their local businesses whenever possible: “Countless small businesses like restaurants and manufacturers are in jeopardy of shuttering their doors for good which means that the economic and cultural stimulus that help bolster and define a community is also in jeopardy of disappearing. Eating locally helps sustain local businesses that you personally want to see survive. So when we can, we purchase locally.”

At Thistle, we wholeheartedly support Burma Love Foods’ mission of bringing Burmese flavors into customer’s homes by offering the Burmese Tea Leaf Salad on our menu. We are honored to bring this salad to life as we know Desmond grew up eating this “as a snack with afternoon tea, as a post meal savory dessert, or even at formal occasions between world leaders.” We hope that our customers equally enjoy the ingredients and Burmese flavors in this salad as much as Desmond did growing up.

Get meals delivered to your door
We believe eating delicious is crucial to a healthy diet. Each week, our team of chefs design a new menu for what's in season, fresh and flavorful.
TRY THISTLE
Posted 
Aug 13, 2020
 in 
Nutrition
 category.