Restaurant: Kyusu Restaurant
City: San Jose, CA

My coworkers and I had Burmese for lunch! It was a first for many of us; a few of us had Burmese at Burma Superstar, which is more of a fusion style. Kyusu has more traditional dishes.

In addition to the appetizer and salad, we each ordered a dish to share. One coworker ordered this flat rice noodle dish, which turned out to be the same as nan gyi thoke, just different type of noodle!

kauk swe thoke - 1 kauk swe thoke - 2

Flat (wheat) flour noodle served with onion & tomato based all natural fresh chicken, fish sauce, garlic oil, chilli oil, shredded cabbage, cilantro, lemon, and roasted yellow pea powder.

Even though the description noted chili oil, it was not spicy. The non-spicy eaters in our party enjoyed this dish! There was chili pepper available at our table in case one wanted to make his/her dish spicier.

Khauk swè thoke, kauk swè thoke, or khauk swe thohk (Burmese: ခေါက်ဆွဲသုပ် ; MLCTS: hkauk hcwai: sup, IPA: [kʰaʊʔ sʰwɛ́ θoʊʔ]) is an a thoke salad dish in Burmese cuisine. A wheat noodle salad, it is made with dried shrimp, shredded cabbage, carrots, fish sauce, lime and dressed with fried peanut oil. (Wikipedia)

Here’s more info about Burmese noodles, from Austin Bush Photography:

The Burmese love their noodles, and in addition to the Chinese-influenced noodle dishes that are found everywhere in Southeast Asia, in Myanmar, you’ll also discover a uniquely indigenous repertoire of noodles.

Unlike Thailand’s noodle dishes, Myanmar’s have an almost total lack of sugar, and ingredients such as chickpea flour, turmeric oil, deep-fried garlic and toasted sesame provide the dishes with a distinctly savoury profile. Unlike their counterparts in Vietnam, the emphasis is typically on the noodles and seasonings, not meat or herbs, making Burmese noodle dishes generally quite heavy and hearty. The Burmese also have a particular fondness for ‘dry’ noodles, that is, with broth served on the side. And variety of deep-fried crispy garnishes show an appreciation for texture that one doesn’t generally encounter elsewhere.