Venturing out west to Blacktown is well worth the journey if you’re after truly authentic and delicious Burmese food. Sun’s Burmese Kitchen is one of the only Burmese restaurant that has stayed opened in Sydney since we discovered it back in 2017.
This unassuming restaurant is tucked away in a quiet corner, next to a shop selling Asian groceries. You are unlikely to stumble upon it by accident. Once inside, the simple interior is decorated with paintings of landmarks of Myanmar and a display of multi-coloured traditional parasols. A TV screen hang on one wall, showcasing Myanmar shows and sights of the country.
The menu has all the favourites; fritters for starter, tangy salads to flavourful curries. There are traditional noodle soups such as Mohinga and Ohn-no Khauskwe, as well as noodles salads like Nan-gyi Thoke and Shewdaung noodles.
We start with pickled tea leaf salad which comes premixed: sliced tomatoes, a mixture of crispy beans, sesame seeds, sliced garlic and chillies. It is all washed down with a cup of green tea.
Next up is their speciality, Chicken Danbauk, the Burmese version of biriyani rice. The Danbauk keep us coming back as it’s as close to my mother’s Danbauk as I can get without having to make my own. The colourful fragrant long-grain rice is flavoured with spices, dotted with green peas and sultanas, served with tender chicken leg. And typical of a Burmese meal, the Danbauk comes with a side of sour soup, salad and crispy shrimp relish. It’s comfort food and takes me back to long forgotten days of my childhood in Yangon.
We finish off with a tall glass of faluda. Rose water flavoured milk with an assortment of colourful jellies, sago pearls, custard pudding and ice cream. This is when we realise the meal was demolished before we had a chance to take a photo, except for the laphet thote! Next time, we promise ourselves.
Before the drive home, we nip into the Asian grocery shop next door. To our delight it has many Burmese ingredients. We fill up our basket full of laphet, crispy condiments, packets of Shan noodles and Rakhine Monti soup and frozen roselle leaves.
Sun’s Burmese Kitchen
10 Tulloch Street
Blacktown NSW 2148