The best Burmese salad noodles (hkauk hswe thoke) in America come from one very talented woman. Daw May-yu, who is originally from Mergui (Myeik) Tavoy (Dawei) in Tenassarim Division (Tanintharyi), sells them from her home for $2.75 a box, fish soup included. Although she makes money through an illegal food establishment (for health safety reasons), she cooks some of the best Burmese food in America.
It’s no wonder that her hkauk hswe thoke is often sold out by 11 a.m. during the weekends (she’s also very popular for catering at Buddhist monasteries). Daw May-yu also sells mohinga, other Burmese specialties and some dishes from the Mergui region.
Hkauk hswe thoke is a mix of cilantro (coriander), fried fish paste (ngapi kyaw), chopped onions, cucumber and lettuce), some flour, noodles, and an oily sauce that gives the noodles flavor and fragrance.
A closeup of the scrumptious noodles: