No matter how full I am, thinking about the mango garlic noodles at Nan Yang always makes me salivate. Seriously, I have considered ordering 2-3 plates at a time, eating one (or more) of said plates, and bringing the rest home. What appears to be a fairly simple mixture of mangoes, red onion, scallions, fried garlic and noodles results in surprising complexity as sweetness, spice, savoriness, and garlic “zing” hit your tastebuds all at once in a flavor explosion. I swear they put crack in the sauce; the noodles are that addictive.
Nan Yang is a Burmese restaurant that I’ve been to a handful of times. Yes, the garlic noodles are stellar, but everything else is fairly standard. It’s good, but nothing to write home about. For instance, the last time I was there, JF and I ordered the mango garlic noodles and the curry eggplant. It was good, but sort of dry… something that would be good as a side dish instead of the main entree. Also, I don’t understand why it was served with black olives. Is there some Mediterranean influence on Burma that I’m not aware of? Next time, I will implement the strategy of ordering 3 plates of garlic noodles. Yay noodles!