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Friday, May 27, 2011

Kambozza, Parramatta



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.


Eat this...
Mohinga

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


Fried rosella leaves $7.50

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

ANY DESSERT?
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





Kambozza (CLOSED)
1/115-125 Church Street, Parramatta
Tel: +61 (02) 8677 4195

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am-9.30pm

This article appears in the May 2011 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This!  


More Time Out Sydney reviews:
ATL Marantha, Kensington (Indonesian fried chicken with edible bones)

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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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 5/27/2011 01:09:00 am


15 Comments:

  • At 5/27/2011 8:31 am, Blogger Michelle Chin said…

    I love the flatbread with beans dish. :) I just love mung beans. hehe. :)

     
  • At 5/27/2011 9:00 am, OpenID lateraleating said…

    Interesting stuff. Would you say it's a mix between Indian/Sri Lankan/Malaysian food, perhaps?

     
  • At 5/27/2011 9:11 am, Blogger MissPiggy said…

    I really should check this place out seeing as it's just up the road from house and I've read some good things about the interesting food.

     
  • At 5/27/2011 10:38 am, Blogger susan said…

    Burmese cuisine and sushi, interesting combination! I love the samosa salad too!

     
  • At 5/27/2011 11:25 am, Blogger Phuoc'n Delicious said…

    This is interesting. I don't have a clue about Burmese food so thanks for enlighting us all.

    I spoke to a friend from Burma the other day and she told me that Burmese have a lot of desserts apparently.. Maybe it's hard to make them in restaurants or they're more of a snacking item. It's like how you rarely find Viet desserts at restaurants but we do have some.

     
  • At 5/27/2011 12:45 pm, Blogger muppy said…

    Can't believe that my burmese friend hasn't told me about this place, looks so interesting.

     
  • At 5/27/2011 1:14 pm, Anonymous Nic@diningwithastud said…

    I've seen a few Burmese places around and always wanted to try is as its a cuisine I'm not too familiar with. Love the "salad" lol

     
  • At 5/27/2011 9:19 pm, Blogger Dolly said…

    Crisp flatbread with beans
    i read your blog at bagan and order the same bean.. it was delicious.. wonder if this one compares :) tehre arent many burmese joinmts out there are there. thanks for sharing helen!

     
  • At 5/28/2011 9:54 am, Blogger Gummi Baby said…

    I didn't think there were any new things out there to try but your entire blog is filled with not only a new cuisine but a new way of serving, had to gasp at the preserved tea leaves dish, I'd truly like to taste that one! : D

     
  • At 5/28/2011 7:08 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    The preserved tea leaf salad looks and sounds amazing! We need a Burmese representative on our New and Emerging Communitees committee at work... wish I could get us to invite a chef ;)

     
  • At 5/28/2011 8:06 pm, Anonymous Shaun @ Everybody Loves Ramen said…

    Kk went here last night-- have wanted to try burmese for ages! Reading eatingasia.typepad.com for 3 days straight AND then THIS post gave me the push!!

    The Mohinga was really tasty! Esp w/ some chili flakes and lemon.

    The white cat fish curry wasn't my fav -- but I'm really glad I tried it because it's something new to appreciate. It was really good in it's own right.

    Thanks for the post Helen!

     
  • At 5/28/2011 9:51 pm, Anonymous JasmyneTea said…

    I've been dying to try this place, because I'm so curious about Burmese cuisine, and your awesome photos and descriptions make me all the more eager :)

     
  • At 5/30/2011 2:10 am, Anonymous chopinandmysaucepan said…

    The goat curry is definitely something I would try with the crisp flatbread...looks pretty fiery.

     
  • At 5/30/2011 6:12 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There is nothing authentic about places like Kambozza and Bagan who claim to be burmese restaurants. Their versions of Mohinga and other traditional dished are so appalling that burmese people cringe at the mention of these so called restaurants.

     
  • At 6/17/2011 5:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    what so special about this place the service is so slow and they cancel your order so not worth trying

     

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