Monday, November 2, 2015

Burmese Kaukswe and Banh Mi's at BusaGo in Lower Parel Mumbai

BusaGo Kaukswe
Surprisingly, we didn't eat at much curry and biriyani as we thought we would in India. Being in Mumbai, a large capital city, we ate lots of other Asian staples.  Within a 15 minute walk from the St.Regis, we walked the Lower Parel area of Mumbai to BusaGO, serving Southeast Asian staples in a quirky eatery.

The restaurant is down a little alleyway so it can be tricky to find. Luckily, I spotted the delivery truck infront of the restaurant.

Restaurant Entrance in alley

The restaurant is on the 2nd floor and as soon as you reach the level, customer are welcomed with a instructional wall on how to order and each Burmese Kaukswe.  There are different variations of this dish and it's also popular in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

I loved that there were three different chili sauce variations to choose from.

Chib's Chili Sauce
The Mo and I started with Tibetan pork momos and chicken baos.  Both are made fresh and steamed to perfection.

BusaGO Pork momo 190 INR = $2.90 USD

BusaGO Bao's Chicken 195 INR= $2.95

The Mo was intrigued by the Banh mi traditional Vietnamese sandwich.  He opted for the "This Side of Paradise" which has teriyaki chicken, roasted peppers, pickled greens and Asian pesto sauce." To his dismay, the sandwich came out looking like a pannini instead of the traditional French baguette typically used.

This Side of Paradise Banh Mi
170 INR= $2.60 USD

I wanted to try the Burmese Chicken Kawukswe coconut curry with noodles and condiments.  The curry base was a bit thicker than what I am used to and it was too heavy for me.  I loved all the toppings and condiments to go along with the noodle dish. There were fresh lime, herbs, crushed peanuts, shallots, chili flakes, anchovies and red onions.  I also appreciated that the noodles was served separate from the curry sauce.  This makes it easier for leftover (not that we were going to pack any back to the hotel room)

Chicken Kaukswe 290 INR= $4.40 USD

BusaGo curry noodle 

Verdict: It was nice to get out of the hotel and walk around the city.  The price was decent so I can't complain much. It wasn't a bad meal but it's nothing one would write home about.