Burma Superstar Tea Leaf Salad is a delicious mix of greens, nuts, and seeds in a light and flavorful dressing. This version is vegan and gluten-free.
Burma Superstar is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco.
One of their most famous dishes is Tea Leaf Salad which has been served since 1992.
Once you try it, you’ll understand why everyone orders it.
I love how the salad comes with the components separated on the plate, and then it’s tossed at the table.
And now you can make Burma Superstar Tea Leaf Salad at home!
Tea Leaf Salad
After I ate at Burma Superstar for the first time, I searched online for a recipe for Tea Leaf Salad so I could recreate it in my kitchen.
But the list of ingredients required was daunting.
So I resigned myself to enjoying it when I could visit the restaurant, or their sister restaurant, Burma Love.
But now you can buy a kit which contains two packets of Laphet (fermented tea leaf dressing) and one large packet of Traditional Burmese Crunchy Mix.
Or you can buy these two ingredients separately in larger containers.
All you need is to chop some lettuce and maybe a tomato, and you can have a Burma Superstar Tea Leaf Salad in no time!
You can learn more about the famous restaurants and where to buy the mix in this 7×7 article.
Update: While I have been unable to find this particular salad kit where I live or anywhere to order it online, I did find the equivalents on Amazon which contain the same ingredients. Below are affiliate links for your convenience:
Tea Leaf Salad Mix (This kit contains both the topping and dressing.)
What does Burma Superstar Tea Leaf Salad taste like?
The fermented tea leaves make the salad savory (plus the leaves are full of nutrients and antioxidants).
The Traditional Burmese Crunchy Mix contains peanuts, yellow split peas, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and garlic chips and is full of flavor.
You just have to try it!
If you visit the Bay Area, I highly recommend visiting Burma Superstar or Burma Love and experiencing Burmese cuisine.
As The New York Times says, “The wait for a table may last as long as the meal, but devotees of this spot serving Burmese food don’t seem to mind.”
Tea Leaf Salad Recipe
Burma Superstar Tea Leaf Salad is delicious as a light lunch or as a starter.
I recommend trying it with one of these recipes for a complete meal:
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Burma Superstar Tea Leaf Salad
- 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 package Burma Love Laphet Fermented Tea Lead Salad Mix, or a jar of Laphet and a package of Traditional Burmese Crunchy Mix
- Place the lettuce in a large serving bowl. Top with the tomato, Laphet, and Traditional Burmese Crunchy Mix.
- Just before serving, toss well to combine. Enjoy!