SGV: Burmese Lunch at Centana Mon Myanmar
I was bummed out to discover Little Malaysia had closed in El Monte. But excited when I saw it turned into a Burmese restaurant. Cetana Mon Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is sparsely decorated in comparison to the former tenants but the flavorful food makes up for it.
I had to try some of the best known dishes; mohinga and tea leaf salad.
Mohinga is a fish soup with vermicelli noodles. I wasn’t in love with it over at Daw Yee but I adored it at Cetana. And I really liked the puffs we topped our soup (really, it was thick like a stew). It may be traditionally eaten for breakfast but it also makes a filling lunch.
I have always gotten tea leaf salad mixed table side but I’m glad this was done in the kitchen because I could never get all that funky-tastic flavors mixed well enough. My best friend who was trying Burmese food for the first time thought that funk wasn’t for her. I’ll work on it. I’m sure she’ll love it as the rest of us do eventually.
Until then, more for me. I just love all the different flavors and the crunch from the peanuts and veggies.
My best friend picked out the mutton (goat) curry. We were pleasantly surprised to find the meat was very tender. It went very well with rice and the owner (?) told us to mix some of the chili sauce in. It definitely perked up the curry.
I can’t wait to come back to try other dishes. They had some noodle soups I had never seen before.
Cetana Mon Myanmar Restaurant3944 Peck Rd., El Monte, CA 91732 — (626) 522-1445 © The Minty 2017