As the world slowly discovers the rich history and vibrant culture of the Burmese land, Burma Burma brings a slice of this spectacular country that offers a peek into the authentic heritage rarely found elsewhere. It is an amalgamation of an all-inclusive nouvelle Asian cuisine that deserves the popularity that has been eluded so far. Make way for the rich taste and aromas from Burma at an all-new address. Burma Burma, the brainchild of Ankit Gupta and Chirag Chhajer is now open at Select Citywalk, Saket. The restaurateurs have taken inspiration from the amazing diversity of the various tribes of Burma to arrive at a theme for the new outpost. Central to the theme, one wall has been dedicated to depict the 8 most popular tribes of Burma. The wall has a backdrop of various textile patterns unique to each tribe along with a wooden doll depicting the tribe.
Burmese cuisine is inevitably influenced by the spices, seasonings, ingredients and cooking styles of its neighbors. Yet it is the way that these ingredients are combined which make Burmese dishes unique.
I started with the low-calorie Pomegranate and mandarin mocktail which was delicious and refreshing. This was served with roasted sunflower seeds – to munch on in-between the course.
The Samuza Hincho- Its a tangy and spicy lentil-based soup, with cabbage, carrots, capsicum and a chunk of samosa providing different texture and taste. Every spoon of this surprising dynamic is nothing short of bliss!
Mandalay Lahpet Thoke-Lahpet, which means “green tea,” and thoke, which means “salad,” is an eclectic mix of pickled tea leaves, roasted peanuts and other crunchy beans, toasted sesame seeds, fried garlic. This traditional Burmese salad has an earthy flavor that did not suit my taste buds.
Tayat ti Thoke- The recipe for raw mango salad comes from Myanmar (formerly Burma) in Southeast Asia. This Burmese salad comes with a plethora of toppings and is intensely flavourful: crisp, sweet, nutty and so much more. Definitely one of my favorites.
Naykar Gyun Akyaw- the sunflower leaves with cherry tomatoes and crunchy wheat flakes flavored with chili oil and tamarind was an interesting combination.
More than a bite appetizers:
Lotus stem chips dusted with paprika and curry leaves is deep fried and has a perfect crunchiness to it. But be warned, the aftertaste is hell spicy.
Paukse- Steamed bun followed by lightly fried tofu patty, sliced onion and cherry tomato topped with coconut mayonnaise positively melts in the mouth.
Let’s now talk about mains:
Pyan Boo Palata- Mashed corn cooked with curry powder, coconut cream, spring onions and chilly accompanied with flaky Burmese “paratha” was delicious. It turned out to be the dish of the evening.
Oh No Khow Suey- Signature one bowl meal of coconut milk stirred with veggies and served with flat noodles customized with loads of condiments is a must try.
Nanji Khow Suey- An ingenious juxtaposition of contrasting textures is a dried form of khow suey. The softness of rice noodles combined with the crunchiness of corn crisps flavored with coconut milk powder was a big hit.
Burmese stir fried veggies with tea leaf fried rice- Loaded with veggies and served with tea leaf paste fried rice was a perfect Asian meal.
No matter how much I eat, there is always room for dessert. So to fulfill my sweet craving I had Shway Aye 0r Hearty Cooler, a Burmese style falooda- the coconut milk-based dessert with sweet bread, coconut jelly, and lotus seeds was an absolute delight.
Since Burma Burma is a tea room, to have a cup of tea is most sought after decision subsequent to a beyond flavorsome menu. It strives for a new level of tea experience for a discerning palate. Each tea and herb is expertly selected and artfully composed to offer a taste that is exceptional. Hence, a cup of freshly brewed green tea was a perfect end to a delectable meal.
Burma Burma serving traditional Burmese vegetarian cuisine alongside vigilantly selected tea’s and merchandise that emulates delicate intricacies of timeless Burmese heritage in the modern light is a scintillating experience of tastes and flavors.
Happy eating & Happy reading!!!