Phnom Penh 金邊小館

After hearing so much about the chicken wings and Butter Beef at Phnom Penh, I was finally able to go to try them out!  I think we over-ordered though.  Way too much food for 2 people.

Phnom Penh is a Cambodian/Vietnamese restaurant, but they also make food from other regions too as you shall see.

(Please ignore the date!  Forgot to turn off the date stamp function!)

This is the revered Butter Beef ($12.85).  It is thinly sliced pieces of raw beef brushed with butter then covered with a special garlicky vinagrette.  Topped with LOTS and LOTS of cilantro (man I love cilantro!!!!).

It was good and the beef were tender but I found the vinagrette a bit too sour.

Now their famous Garlic Chicken Wings ($7.95).  It was deep-fried goodness!  It was served with a lime pepper dipping sauce.  Each piece was juicy and tender.

It felt only right to get their Fried Pepper Squid too, to stay with the theme you know?  It really tasted like the best squid I’ve had ever.  It just had a very distinct, squid-y taste and it was nice and springy, not spongy like some places might make it.  It was awesome.  Get this if you come here.

You would think that’s enough food for us but no, we had more.  This is the Oyster Pancake ($14.50) which isn’t really Cambodian/Vietnamese.  It’s more like Chiu Chow.

This was humongous with lots of chopped pieces of oyster.  However I found that the middle was a bit gummy, not sure why.  Loved the cilantro though.

OMG MORE FOOD!  Yes.  I really wanted this.  I was able to just get a sampler size though.

There aren’t a lot of places that make this.  It’s steamed rice cakes topped with minced pork, pork rind, some orange stuff and coconut cream ($7.95).  Absolutely wonderful.  I would eat a whole plate of this if I wasn’t so full.

BUT THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR DESSERT!!!!

Durian glutinous rice.  It was heaven.  The rice was chewy like it should be and the durian was very fragrant.  I like it so it does not bother me at all.

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4 Responses

  1. Phnom Penh has been on our to-eat list for so long now. . .the oyster omelette looks great! Not sure about the gumminess in the middle though — tapioca or sweet potato starch?

  2. yum! the chicken wings are what i want to try most from your list. what are prices like?

  3. Can never go wrong with a meal at Phnom Penh. The spring rolls are to die for too!

  4. I love those steam rice cakes topped with “bits” also and recently had quite a tasty version at the newish Green Lemongrass on Kingsway at Glen. I think they only make them for their breakfast menu which I’ve had on Saturday and Sunday (served till 11 am). Bonus: all the brekky items are $5 each! If you go try the bot chien as well (square rice cakes on top of an omelet). It is on the dinner menu as well for $6.95. And finally there is another rice cake variation with coconut cream on top of it that is yellow and a little crispy, as though it were cooked in mini muffin tins. It is not on either menu but was offered as a substitute for something they were out of the first time I went.

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