Sone Ze Ya

Swa Dit and Mee Nge had a long road to open their Burmese comfort food restaurant last spring. The couple fled Myanmar as Rohingya refugees and eventually settled in Kansas City, where they became part of the New Roots for Refugees program, which helps refugees with agricultural experience adapt their skills for Kansas City’s climate and business landscape. Their hard work paid off. Dit and Nge’s restaurant in Northeast KC (4432 St. John Ave.), Sone Ze Ya, serves up Mohinga, Burma’s national dish comprised of a lemon-grass infused fish broth with noodles and a crispy bean topping, along with an array of fried rice dishes, sambusas (think of them as samosa’s flakier cousin) and some unforgettable fried chicken with sticky rice, all at prices low enough to encourage seconds.

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