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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
4.5 out of 5 nyamies
Amen for 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.
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!
5 out of 5 nyamies
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.