JUNE 28, 2011
Hot and cold, sweet and spicy, crunchy and soft, Yamo Cold Noodles have it all. Served out of a tiny outpost in the Mission, Yamo will have you coming back for more.
Rules that apply to all offers
(unless the fine print states otherwise)
- Limit one per user
- No cash value/cash back
- Tax and gratuity are not included
- Cannot be combined with other offers
Served Up By:
3406 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
- (415) 553-8911
Mon-Thu 10:30am - 9:30pm
Fri-Sat 10:30am - 10pm
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Price Range: $
Good for Groups: No
Takes Reservations: No
Waiter Service: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Alcohol Served: No
Has TV: No
A delightful nest of egg noodles, cucumber, carrot, onion, cabbage, and chicken (or tofu, which is equally delicious), Yamo Cold Noodles remind me of a punchier version of Vietnam's bun. Similar concept—combining fresh, texturally diverse ingredients with noodles and a memorable sauce—but Chinese-Burmese flavors are employed. These noodles hook you with their sweet start and spicy finish and cilantro, green onion, and garlic grace notes; you may get in a rut you won't mind being stuck in.
Key Ingredients: Egg noodles, green onion, red onion, cabbage, carrot, cucumber, chicken (or tofu), cilantro, dried garlic, "house special flavor"
A tiny galley of a joint, what Yamo lacks in square footage it makes up for in modest, hardworking charm. There's no shortage of things to look at as you wait for your noodles: piles of coconut in the cooler; plastic bins stuffed with chopped mushrooms or teeny, dried shrimp; the three, industrious Burmese women making tasty happen. Approaching institution status in the Mission, Yamo frequently has long queues out the door; come at off times to grab one of the 10 stools.
On the Side:
- Try the fresh coconut, which one of the nice Burmese ladies will hack open for you with a machete. I'm not kidding.
- Crispy, potato-filled samusas are a great way to kick off your meal.
While Jill spent her childhood eschewing foods that weren't Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, she grew up to be one hungry girl with an enthusiastic palate. These days you can find her in the Mission, enjoying a good laugh.