This version of the shaved-ice "salad" featured Filipino palm nuts soaked in red and green syrups, cubes of Chinese grass jelly and tiny shards of Chinese melon candy, and U.S.-grown peanuts, dry-roasted and crushed. A drizzle of condensed milk ensured that they all played together well in the assembled yaykae thote, shown below.
This annual fundraiser to benefit humanitarian efforts in Myanmar, first held in 2008, seems to get busier every year. For the 2013 event I arrived 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time and found the joint already jumping. Given the paucity of Burmese chow in New York, I immediately snagged a few take-home snacks to help stretch out the experience of the food fair beyond a single afternoon. Shown below: dried river fish, fried tamarind leaves with dried shrimp, coconut palm sugar candy, and sweet-sour roselle buds jam. All these items, I believe, were shepherded from overseas.
For many more photos from six years of Burmese food fairs held by the Moegyo Humanitarian Foundation, see the slideshow.
Moegyo Burmese Food Fair
Aviation High School, 45-30 36th St., Long Island City, Queens
(The 2013 food fair was held on June 9)