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Mar 18, 2013 06:57 PM

Get your Burmese fix - Sun Restaurant in Buffalo

If you have never had Burmese food, I am shedding a tear for you. If you have ever had Burmese food while on vacation, and then gone back home and tried to find it, or even make it, I sympathize with you. And finally, if you live near a Burmese restaurant, and have never tried it, I am disappointed in you!

I was so excited when I was searching Yelp for restaurants in the Buffalo area and saw that Burmese was an option. Since my trip a year ago to San Francisco, this is a food that I crave and think about often. We ate Burmese at Mandalay in SF, and then again at Mingalaba in Burlingame before heading to the airport, and fell in love (with the food).

We arrived at Sun restaurant around 6:30 on a Tuesday evening for dinner. Here is what we ordered and what we thought:

1) Buthi Jyaw (Burmese style deep fried gourd served with hot & sour sauce)

We both enjoyed this app - who doesn't love deep fried?! It was cooked until perfectly crisp and the sauce was very tangy with a bit of heat - a good compliment to the gourd. This item is a must-try!

2) Burmese Chicken Curry with Prata (Multi-layered bread served with Burmese chicken curry sauce)

I LOVED this (hubby like it as well)! The chicken curry was delicious and the Prata was very tasty as well. When we tried this dish in San Francisco, it came with a simple curry dipping sauce. The chicken in this one is a real bonus! I will order this again the next time I am here.

3) Le Peth Thoat (Burmese-style pickled tea leaf salad combined with crispy chana dal pea, fried garlic, onion, tomato, cabbage, peanuts, and lime juice)

This is the item we most looked forward to; however, it was not as good as the tea leaf salads that we tried in San Francisco. It did not seem to have enough tea leaves and it had corn in it which added a sweet flavor, and didn't blend well with the other ingredients. It is still worth trying if you have never had it before.

4) Amare Thar Hin (Burmese-style curry mixed with masala, tendered beef, ginger, garlic, onion and chili)

My husband loved this dish, but it wasn't really my thing. The beef was very tender and the sauce seemed to be a good consistency - sorry I cannot comment further, it just wasn't my favorite dish!

5) Kat Kyay Kite with Chicken (Traditional Southern Burmese flat wide noodle with hot and sour sauce, scallion, garlic, vatana bean, and bean sprout)

This dish is very similar to Pad Thai. I really enjoyed this dish, but there were so many little red chili specks, that I couldn't take the heat!! I would have to ask for no red chili next time. Despite the heat, this was my second favorite dish!

PROs: Comfortable seating, you don't feel rushed, prices are great, polite wait staff, and the food is very good.

CONs: Location (not much around – but is easy accessible from the I-190).

I look forward to hearing what others have thought about Sun restaurant - if you haven't been, GO! I can't wait for my next trip to Buffalo so that I can eat at Sun restaurant again!

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  1. We had a group of about 15 there for our monthly Dinner Club, mostly unfamiliar with the cuisine. The hosts could not have been more friendly, helpful, and accommodating.

    In other words, even if you have none of the OP's experience with Burmese, GO!

    3 Replies
    1. re: WNYamateur

      WNY I could not agree more! I am hoping it stays busy so that I can keep going whenever I am in the area.

      1. re: TeacherFoodie

        We went back, for a "six-course tasting menu" on Valentine's Day. The foos was all fabulous, but portions were all regular-meal-sized - we took home two shopping bags full of leftovers!

        1. re: WNYamateur

          Sounds amazing! I bet the leftovers were good too!

    2. Teacherfoodie: I love your write-up. I got DuGuid's Rivers Of Flavor when it first came out, and realized I should taste some of the dishes before delving into preparing them myself. So off to Sun I went- again, and again and again! It has been 4 times in the past year, and I think about it all the time!
      The Lapeth Thoat is so good, and the Kat Kyay Kite (I had it with shrimp) is life changing. I find it to be much more like pad see ew than pad thai, as I couldn't sense any fish sauce in the Kat Kyay Kite. The crunchy ginger salad is also excellent, and when we got the chicken with prata, the servers were happy to bring us extra prata on request.

      Just love this place. Can't wait to go back!

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      1. re: lisahk

        Thanks lisahk! It is always nice to know when someone reads a post! Might go back here next week for a meal as I will be shopping in the area. Did you make tea leaf salad yourself? We made it once - we had to ferment our own tea leaves though as could not find them anywhere in the Toronto area. It turned out to be quite good.

        Reading about the chicken with prata has just made me very hungry!

        1. re: TeacherFoodie

          No, I have not made the tea leaf salad yet. I'm told there is a place in Buffalo to get the fermented tea leaves (a chau on Niagara St, I think, but don't quote me!) so perhaps someday. I do prefer to go get my fix at Sun though.

          We also have some select Burmese favorites available at West Side Bazaar on Grant Street. Their soups and curries are wonderful!

          1. re: lisahk

            That would be so great to have the actual fermented tea leaves instead of having to make a version yourself! In San Francisco they would kill for those tea leaves!

            1. re: TeacherFoodie

              There is a new Burmese place in Buffalo, Lin Restaurant on Tonawanda Street. A bit less polished than Sun but great food and maybe a bit better value. Also there is a grocery store attached where you can get anything you need to cook your own Burmese, including pickled tea leaves.