Earlier in the day, I would have ordered differently. Late on a hot sunny afternoon, my shaved ice ($3) was replete with candied winter melon, crushed peanut, condensed milk, and all the colorful jiggly add-ins you'd expect. For the clientele of the day, walkby customers at a typical Upper West Side street fair, this weekly popup ducked the issue of how to transliterate the name — yaykae thoke? yeykhe thohk? — with the easy-to-pronounce "Burmese frozen delights."
Around brunchtime, however, the more exciting prospects would be fresh paratha and vegetable fritters. The proprietor and his wife prepared these for many years at the Myanmar Baptist Church fun fair when it was held in a Briarwood, Queens, backyard. In recent years the annual fair has moved indoors, where propane is forbidden and the paratha are simply not the same. Burmese Bites returns those flaky flatbreads to the great outdoors, once a week.
Various locations in Manhattan, Saturday only (see website for details)