EDIT: Kambozza is now closed.
This month's Time Out Sydney column is all about Burmese food. I headed to Kambozza in Parramatta and found a nine-page menu filled with traditional Burmese dishes.
WHAT IS IT?
Mohinga ($6.50) is the unofficial national dish of Burma, a fish noodle soup that is eaten primarily for breakfast, but is popular at lunchtime and dinner too. Find it at Kambozza, one of Sydney's few Burmese restaurants.
Burmese groceries for sale in front of the TV playing video clips
WHAT'S KAMBOZZA LIKE?
It's got more than 70 traditional Burmese dishes on the menu. The large dining room is sparsely decorated with all the attention on the TV in the corner, playing cheesy Burmese video clips.
Crisp flatbread with beans $5.50
WHAT ELSE DO I ORDER?
The crisp flatbread with beans ($5.50) is a crunchy disc of pastry smooshed with green lentils and fried shallots. It’s worth trying the white catfish ($15.50) cooked in a tomato curry. Fried rosella leaves ($7.50) are mixed with shrimp paste, garlic and pickled bamboo shoots.
White catfish curry $15.50
ANYTHING LESS HEAVY TO TRY?
There are 17 different salads to choose from, ranging from green papaya ($7.50) to shrimp ($7.50) and century egg ($7.50). Burmese salads balance salty, sweet and sour flavours and are often eaten on their own as a snack.
Samosa salad $6.50
- I love any dish that allows me to justify eating fried food under the guise of a 'salad'!
Preserved tea leaf salad $7.50
- the pickled tea leaves have an intriguing and addictive fermented flavour. It works brilliantly with the crunch of shredded cabbage and deep-fried yellow peas.
Goat curry $18.50
Desserts aren't a huge part of Burmese cuisine but pan-fried bananas ($4.50), caramelised then drenched with honey, will provide closure for sweet tooths.
Shwe Yin Aye coconut cream sherbet $4.50 and
Nga Pyaw Kyaw Pyar Yae San pan-fried bananas $4.50
This article appears in the May 2011 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This!
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Balkan Oven, Rockdale (Macedonian burek)
Durban Dish, Baulkham Hills (South African cuisine)
Hijazi's Falafel, Arncliffe (Lebanese breakfast)
Island Dreams Cafe, Lakemba (Christmas Islands cuisine)
La Paula, Fairfield (Chilean empanadas, lomitos and sweets)
Sea Sweet, Parramatta (Lebanese sweet kashta cheese burger)
Sizzling Fillo, Lidcombe (Filipino pork hock crackling)
Tehran, Granville (Persian cuisine)
Tuong Lai, Cabramatta (Vietnamese sugar cane prawns)
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5/27/2011 01:09:00 a.m.