Burmese cuisine is the latest food trend sweeping across London. The Caperberry Collective spends an evening at Lahpet, a new Burmese popup in the east end.
Lahpet is located at Tuck Shop on Helmsley Place, a communal work space by day and a restaurant in the evening.
Dan and Burmese chef Zaw have certainly made an impression on trendy London Fields, we arrived early on Wednesday evening to find the place buzzing.
Until recently, Burmese food has not registered on the radar of the capitals foodies, this is because of the small number of Burmese who reside here, Dan tells me. Compared to other former subjects of the British Empire the Burmese migration to the UK was minimal, not a word that can be used to describe the flavours!
Lahpet takes its name from the pickled green tea leaves that are unique to Burma, where tea is eaten as well as drunk! Zaw conjured up a Lahpet salad, rich with this salty flavour and dressed with dried shrimp and crispy garlic. Similar to a slaw, this was the perfect accompaniment to the selection of fritters served as a starter.
Mains are big hitters! No holding back, generous and warming yet beautifully presented. The time spent behind the scenes is ever apparent in the depth of flavour. The Mohinga, a traditional dish of Catfish chowder with vermicelli noodles takes some beating.
Lahpet also offers its diners more contemporary creations, try the minced lamb shoulder with Lahpet, the flavour of the tea running through it complements the richness of the meat in a similar way to mint sauce.
Burmese cuisine is unique, but with influences from China, Thailand and India it is sure to be a long lasting hit with western pallets. If you are already a big oriental food fan then a trip to Laphet is a must. LBM
Go To: https://lahpet.co.uk/
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