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Nothing food related but Vinh and I were in Tahkmau last week and saw this shop.  The owner was pretty confused about us stopping to take a pic.

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Ramenalicious

I’m not too familiar with ramen but I have been hearing alot of great things from this  restaurant.  So many that we kept coming back even when it was closed twice before!

The front of the restaurant is  dominated by the bar where you can get a more informal dining experience. In the back is a more full service  experience with proper dining tables. As we don’t really care for formal and I was already half in the bag (free beers at an art exhibition I was at earlier), the obvious choice was the bar up front.
The menu is pretty basic with various ramen and yakitori, gyoza, some soups, edamame and tea eggs. There were a few of us so we got to try a little bit of everything.

Shio ramen

Shio ramen

I had the Shio Ramen ($4.50) as my main course. Lightly seasoned, the flavors were subtle enough to punch through my semi-inebriated state and was completely enjoyable. The ramen was cooked to perfection and the pork was not too overpowering.

To keep my buzz going, I went for an Anchor and chased down with this:

One Cup Ozeki

One Cup Ozeki

200 ml’s of sake goodness (at $6.00). Upon googling this a bit more, I found out that Ozeki is considered a lower end sake and is actually sold in vending machines in Japan!

We also ordered a slew of different yakitori ($2.50 for 2 skewers). Along with the tasty thigh skewers, we also had skin and cartilage. The skin was fantastic; grilled well enough to get a nice crust on it but still managing a bit of chewiness.

Chicken skin yakitori

Chicken skin yakitori

The cartilage was just as good but upon seeing the other faces around the bar, I think I was the only one that liked it!

The owner brought us some tea eggs. I have never had them before and I was a bit shocked that they were served cold but enjoyed the richness of the runny yolks with the soy/tea infused egg whites.

Tea Eggs at the Ramen Place

Tea Eggs at the Ramen Place

The Gyoza were great but a bit pricey at $4.00 for 4 pieces. I guess I am a bit spoiled after the Szechuan Monster Review restaurants where fried dumplings were $1.50 for a slew.

Gyoza at the Ramen place

Gyoza at the Ramen place

This place was a great find and I would gladly come back again for the ramen and more chicken skin!

4 out of 5 nyamies

Vinh

Condiment rack at the Ramen place

Condiment rack at the Ramen place

Vinh and I had tried to hit this place a couple of other times (only open after 6pm and closed on Sundays) but once I did get a chance to make it here when it was open, I was hooked.

Shoyu Ramen

Miso Ramen

The first two times I came I had the Tonkotsu bowls ($5.50) which is a slightly heavier pork based soup which was great both times.  This time I tried the miso and it’s the best (I tried bites of our our other friends bowls and yes, miso wins).  Amazing noodles, lots of chives, sesame seeds and a great dark broth.  Adding a few shakes of the spicy flakes makes it perfect.  I especially like the lack of hard boiled eggs in the soup.

Gyoza at the Ramen place

Gyoza at the Ramen place

This place is really great.  The owner is really friendly, asks for your beer order as soon as you sit down (a big plus) and is happy to talk about the food.  It’s also fun sitting at the bar with a group of friends.  My only negative comment is the gyoza is $4 which comes to $1/dumpling which is crazy.  You can get a pile of dumplings in NYC china town for $1! Obviously much different quality and this gyoza is great but yikes, t’lie naaaa! Everything else is great and I would highly recommend this place.

Remains of the bowl

Remains of the bowl

4.5 out of 5 nyamies

Bryse

Amen for Ramen!

Sweet corn ramen

Sweet corn ramen

After hearing about the new ramen place on street 334, I didn’t hesitate to join Nyam Penh for dinner there.  The Japanese owner was warm and welcoming.  My eyes widened as I studied the menu, frustrated, and wanting to try everything.  How could you choose just one dish among all the flavors.  I successfully chose the #3, Pork Ramen.  I got my bowl in good timing and devoured the long substantial noodles.  They had the perfect texture, yep this was authentic.  The tender pork, diced scallions, bamboo shoots, and sweet corn swimming deliciously in the bowl, hopped skipped and jumped into my mouth as I slurped up the soupy goodness.

Yakitori on the grill

Yakitori on the grill

Sad to see my empty bowl, all I could think was, ‘Please sir, I want some more.’ If you’re looking for that savory flavor, this is the joint.  The appetizers we decided to order, turned out to be dessert as we gobbled up the chicken cartilage and skin on a stick.  That may sound strange, as I too was hesitant.  Carti-what??? skin on a huh? Yes, I didn’t believe it myself, but by the end of the night, it was sitting delightfully in belly.  YUM-MY!  This may be my once a week place.  AMEN!

Chicken cartilage skewers

Chicken cartilage skewers

5 out of 5 nyamies

EJ

The menu at the Ramen Place

The menu at the Ramen Place

Bekkan Ramen
No. 24a, Street 334
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: 070 770011

As the moderators of google maps in Cambodia are completely slack and take forever to approve notations, I have just copied and marked the location on the map. If you still can’t find it, look for the Irrawaddy Restaurant, it’s right next to it.

Ramen Map

Ramen Map

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Fresh Evening aka 54 Langeach Sros

Translated to English as “Fresh Evening”, 54 Langeach Sros is set in a great location on Street 178 in between Norodom Boulevard and Street 51. Set in a former French villa, there is outdoor seating under a tent and some seating upstairs which can get a bit hot so make sure to grab a seat in the patio. Upon first glance, it looks like your typical beer garden in Cambodia but great food, cheap beers and a lively atmosphere are a few reasons why I have been frequenting this restaurant for the past 6 years (in 2 locations).

For the review, we ordered a few beer garden staples: Fried Rice with Pork, Fried Whole Quail and Grilled Pork Ribs. We also ordered a dish which I have seen at several other beer gardens but is a specialty here. It even comes with a nifty name: Fried Fish on the Fire Lake.

Mmmm…..

The Fried Rice was pretty tasty as I didn’t need to add copious amounts of soy sauce which is a plus. The grilled quail came next. I didn’t really care for it. Too stringy for my tastes.

The Grilled Pork was the polar opposite of the Quail. Awesomely seasoned, there was plenty of it. Come to think of it, I like any type of piece of pork char grilled in Cambodia. So let’s just call this a given recommendation.

Lastly, Fried Fish on the Fire Lake showed up. Placed on a fish shaped metal dish on a burner, the already fried whole fish has a curry coconut sauce placed on top at the table and left to simmer while you make pleasant chit chat about such mundane things as “man drought” and the proper squatting technique. Garnished on the side with some cabbage and herbs along with some rice noodles, the fish was cooked perfectly and the mellow coconut curry sauce was a great in keeping the fish moist along with cooking down some of the garnishes we placed in the sauce.

A great restaurant to check out and try some traditional beer garden food.

4 out of 5 Nyamies

Vinh

We ended up at 54 Langeach Sros when our first choice was closed so I was pretty damn hungry and devoured the first couple of dishes that arrived.  It was probably my hunger but their bai chaa (fried rice) was some of the best I’ve had in PP.  We ordered the fried quail because it would come faster, probably not the best choice.  But as soon as I tried the bbq pork ribs, we immediately ordered another plate (I probably could have gone for two more orders).  Really good seasoning and not too boney like a lot of bbq pork rib dishes around town.

I’m not the biggest fan of fish but the Fried Fish on the Fire Lake has an amazing name and the sauce was really tasty.  Just the right amount of spiciness.  The dish comes with a plate of veggies and the platter is served on a burner so it’s kind of a sloppy hot pot style.  Overall, the pace has a cool, lively atmosphere but not crazy chaotic like some of the other beer gardens.  Definitely one of the better spots in town.

4 out of 5 Nyamies

Bryse

Every time I go to 54 Langeach Sros I wonder why there aren’t more foreigners there — the place embodies everything that is good about Cambodian food. And yet, somehow, there are never any foreigners when I show up and I get to feel like I’m in on some big secret that white people don’t know about yet.

54 Langeach Sros is a beer garden, but a non-offensive beer garden. No annoying music, good lighting, not sleazy. But still inexpensive, delicious food and cheap jugs of beer that seem to somehow refill themselves. The fried rice which was plain but good. Next came the grilled quail, which I notice that Vinh slyly refused to eat, possibly because he was scared of their eye-socket-y heads and sad little curled-up toes [Any aviary dish involving attached heads are a no-no in my book. Comes from being pressured at the tender age of 6 to eat duck embryos by the Family. Vinh] . I ignored this evidence of their prior lives and gnawed on a few. Not bad, but not as amazing as I had heard from various sources that it would be — it was a bit dry and un-exciting for my palate.

Next up was the grilled pork ribs. Generally, I am not a ribs person. I do not care about ribs. But when I come to 54 Langeach Sros, I always end up ordering at least two plates of ribs. They are that good. Seriously.

The final dish was the fish on the lake. This is something that I would never pick on my own. The whole fish buzz is no one that I usually get into because it involves a lot of work and bones and head-wrecking, but I think this one was worth it. I liked that there were substantial vegetables included as part of this dish, because beer garden eating can sometimes be lacking in the leafy greens and fiber department, and the pink gravy-curry-sauce that the fish was bubbling away in was delicious. Served with rice noodles it ticked all of the boxes for me.

Tucking in to the Fried Fish on the Fire Lake

Tucking in to the Fried Fish on the Fire Lake

4.5 out of 5 Nyamies
Lina

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