Hole-In-The-Wall Burmese From Yamo

While walking back from Duc Loi, I noticed some people hanging out by a scary looking store-front. Then I peeked in and noticed cute little old asian ladies furiously cooking up some noodles. And in this tiny closet of a place, all the seats were taken. And people were waiting outside. Then I looked this place up – Yamo. It’s a teeny little burmese joint in the mission where everything is about $5 dollars or less. I had to check it out! So on the night we went to see Conan, we grabbed some to-go because we didn’t have enough time to dine in.

Since everyone was raving about the tea leaf salad, we had to try that. I’ve never tasted anything like this before. It’s got some various shredded greens, and by that I am guessing tea leaves, along with a bunch of other random things like red onions, fried nuts, regular nuts, legumes, herbs, etc. It’s tossed with a tasty savory and slightly sour sauce. It’s just good, and difficult to describe.

J got the curry fish. Contrary to what I thought, this does not have coconut milk in it. Whoo! It is really good high quality fish, extremely lightly battered and fried. And it’s covered in a nice slightly spicy curry-ish sauce (barely curry tasting) with some onions and bell peppers as your veggies. You can get this with rice or noodles. The noodles are just the flour type noodles that you would find in lo mein.

After reading good things about the house noodles, I got one with beef. It’s an extremely simple dish… just noodles and beef! The beef is also high quality and tender, and is just lightly seasoned. It was a bit on the salty side for me, but still good. And there’s a bit of sauce for the noodles that make them quite smooth.

This place is slightly intimidating to order from because I feel like it’s one of those places where you have to know how to order correctly. The ladies are not scary, but the place does not have a cash register and there’s no “order here”, “pick up here” signs. It’s just a big counter with the kitchen behind it. When I called, it rang and rang for a long time, and then finally someone picked up and screamed, and I say screamed, “YAMO!” She didn’t give me a time, she didn’t take my name. It just all seemed crazy. But once we got there, after some slight confusion, we got the food. And it was certainly worth the scare. For $5.25 for each dish, how can you go wrong? Yes, the portions are not large, they are pretty much for one person and one meal. But there’s nothing wrong with that! This is one scary hole-in-the-wall you need to visit!

3406 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 553-8911

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