Burma Inc. is developing trade relationships in Myanmar. We continually work closely with local tea growers, producers, exporters and retailers.
Burma is located at the intersection of Southeast Asia between China, India and Vietnam so eating Burmese food takes one on a rich journey into regional specialties and cultural diversity, placing Chinese noodles and Indian Soups together with a distinctive Burmese touch: crunchy fried nuts and spices added to salads; samosas cooked in richly aromatic broth and always the nation-wide love of eating tea leaves.
With over 135 ethnicities in a vastly changing geography, Burma is a culinary melting pot: from the Shan State in the east for hilly plateaus and tea cultivation; to the western Rakhine State for ocean-caught seafood and Southern India's spice; or the rugged, rural, northern Chin State for simple, vegetable-focused cooking.
The capital Yangon pulses with a frenetic vibrancy that emanates from its street food: Myanmar tea in the morning; built-to-order bowls of mohinga in the afternoon; and the impromptu night market that takes over 19th Street. This cultural richness unfolds thanks to the collision of regional specialities and neighboring influences.
Until recently, modern Burmese history was best known for isolation. In the 1960's, the military took over governing and for half a century, the country experienced severe censorship. In 2013, Desmond Tan was instrumental in helping the creation of a tea grower co-op to guarantee farmers fair wages, something they hadn't received for years while dealing with tea brokers, in addition to providing guidance around organic farming practices.
In 2016, historic changes took hold with the election of a democratic president, ushering a more egalitarian future in which Burma can once again be recognized as the culinary and cultural crossroads of Southeast Asia.
Burma Superstar is a distinct product of San Francisco: the vibrant, open-minded, and diverse culture of this city made it possible to champion the roots of Burmese cuisine while evolving it into something unique and of the city itself.
We remain eternally keen to uphold the highest quality of produce and just as we work tirelessly to support the farmers and introduce organic practices in Burma so we do here in the Bay Area, supporting our neighboring farms from which we draw incredible produce with which to build our unique menus.