Burma Superstar

San Francisco

This buzzy Richmond restaurant more than lives up to its name: It's become a superstar in its own right for exceptional Burmese cuisine that has guests braving long lines for lunch and dinner daily. A meal at Burma Superstar begins with the tea leaf salad, made with fried yellow beans, garlic, sesame seeds, tomatoes, and dried shrimp and folded into a romaine lettuce base table-side. Another hit is the samusa soup, a soothing dish that symbolizes the influence of China, Thailand, Laos, and India in Burmese cuisine. The vegetarian soup combines lentils, falafel, cabbage, and onions with potato-filled samusas in a fragrant broth. There's plenty of heat on the menu too, as seen in stir-fried lamb with dried and fresh chiles, and wok-tossed shrimp garlic and jalapenos.