Samosas often take the form of stuffed, deep-fried pastry pyramids, and at most Westernized restaurants they're presented intact. But for this samosa salad they were snipped in pieces, adding a crunchier layer to a base of chunked potatoes and shredded lettuce. An excellent dressing — made with tamarind paste, ginger, garlic, parsley, cumin, and sugar cane — was spooned on, then washed though the salad with a ladle of soup. Fish sauce and lime, I added myself. (See also the samosa chat at the former Spicy Mina, in which the pastries were swamped in yogurt, and likewise delicious.)
Those orange-handled scissors appeared at numerous tables, sometimes to sever noodles, often to cut glutinous desserts down to size. You'd almost think they were supplied by the house — the bazaar was held in the same school cafeteria as the periodic Burmese food fairs held by the Moegyo Humanitarian Foundation. This bazaar may have been a one-off, and it was on a slightly smaller scale, but even so my slideshow captures only a fraction of the food on offer.
Burmese home-cooked food bazaar
P.S. 12 (The James B. Colgate School), 42-00 72nd St., Woodside, Queens
Associated with the Citizen of Burma award; perhaps a one-off event