Burmese samusa at Mandalay in Inner Richmond, San Francisco. These were really good - much better than Mandalay’s arch rival, Burma Superstar. Look at them all, standing tall, glorious and with pride, ready to be devoured by humans. I had the vegetarian version that was stuffed with potatoes. You can also try a samusa salad - chopped pieces of samusas mixed with some greens and nuts.
Official version A mixture of grounded curried meat and potatoes.
Burmese samusa at Burma Superstar in Inner Richmond, San Francisco. Take a good look at the shadow this beauty casts! I wonder if it is possible to engineer a samosa that doesn’t cast a shadow? This one was tasty but I have definitely had better samusas, considering how popular Burma Superstar is.
Official version Burmese raviolis hand wrapped and filled with curry spices, potatoes, deep fried, and served with our house special sauce
Samosa at the Indo Restaurant & Lounge in Palo Alto. Small, dainty and delicious!
Official version spiced potatoes, vegetables, garlic chili dip
Burmese samosas at Rangoon Ruby in Downtown Palo Alto. A bit on the smaller side, stuffed with potatoes and veggies. Comes with a flavorful red sauce. You get 4 of these for $10 which is not too bad.
Official version Rice flour turnover filled with potatoes, red onions, peas, carrots and a blend of ten unique spices, served with special house sauce
British samosas at The Rose and Crown in Downtown Palo Alto. Mini samosas stuffed with potatoes & veggies and served with a delicious sweet mango chutney - these are great when had with beer. The beer selection at this pub is pretty extensive too.
Official version These tasty bites are as much a part of England as they are of the sub-continent. Flaky pastry dough surrounds these vegetable filled delights which are served with homemade chutney.
Sambousiks at Arabian Nights in the Mission! Baked and stuffed with meat and nuts, these Middle Eastern sambousiks were delicious. A perfect combination with hookah!
Official version Baked crescents, seasoned meat & pine nuts
Golden triangles at Siam Lotus thai on Haight!
Official version Crispy triangle crepes stuffed with mashed potatoes, & mixed peas wrapped with spring roll skins & Thai herbs & spice, served with peanut sweet & sour sauce. (how on earth is a samosa a crepe?!)
Four golden triangles basking in the light at “Best of Thai noodle” on Haight Street, San Francisco
A Vegetarian Curry Puff at a Thai restaurant called Ploy II in the Haight Ashbury district.
Although this was not named a samosa on the menu, I am including it here since it did look like one. I ordered it thinking it would be similar to a Indian veg puff - but it turned out to be a deep fried small samosa covered in a sweet syrup, stuffed with veggies. You get 5 of those for $6 so its well worth the price.
Thai samosas, again! At Amarin Thai on Castro Street, Mountain View. I liked these much better as they were spicy, stuffed with potatoes and came with a intriguing sauce/chutney - the red one that you can see in the picture.
Official version Mixed potato, vegetable oil with curry powder sauce wrapped with a flour paper and deep-fried