I can’t resist a good mall. Heck, I can’t really resist a bad one. And there have been many.
Most notable has to be the Plaza Carlos III in Havana but hey, it was a good effort and had a decent chinese restaurant on the ground floor. Which brings us to our next Nyam excursion to the Sorya Shopping Center located a stone’s throw away from the art-deco masterpiece, Central Market.
Five floors of shopping fun, Sorya has a little known food court on the 4th floor that caters to a more local crowd. It also has a few restaurants that dot the various floors of the mall. We started at the food court to see if there was anything tasty to try out.
First thing to do was to buy some food coupons at the coupon center at the front of the court. No cash is accepted at the stalls.
The coupons come in 1,000, 2,000, and 5,000 Riel notes and there is no service charge to worry about.
After getting our coupons, we (Bryse, Lina and I) went our separate ways to see if there was anything tasty to report. A good ten minutes of inspecting every food stall later, all I got was quite a bit of offal soup/fry/steamed rice stalls with only one exception.
In all honesty, I got to thinking of scrapping the whole review and head to the nearest burger joint to wash away the images of offal floating in my brain. Bryse decided to get drinks and came back with the sweetest lemon tea drink I have had in Cambodia. Lina reported that she saw a stall that had filipino food which was promising. I also saw a japanese noodle stall so we decided to hit up these two places.
I ordered the made to order Soba Noodle Soup which looked amazing when it came out. The soup came with a couple pieces of fried shrimp on top but didn’t have the soba noodles as advertised.
It was ramen instead which didn’t bother me but I can imagine purists causing an uproar about it. It was great value for money (8,000 Riel or $2.00) but I have had better noodle soups in town.
Lina came back with a sizzling hot plate from the filipino stall which had rice, an over-easy egg and what looked strangely like fried beef with basil. Which it was. Naming aside, this was a pretty good plate of food. The sizzling hot plate gave the rice a great crunchy crust and the beef was full of flavor. All for $2.00!
We decided we had enough of the food court and headed downstairs to the BBQ Chicken restaurant which is Korea’s #1 Chicken Restaurant. When perusing through the menu, we noticed that there wasn’t too many grilled dishes for a place with the initials BBQ in it. Upon some research, I found out that the BBQ doesn’t actually stand for BarBeQue but Best of the Best Quality. Those crazy Koreans!
We ended up ordering Korean Charbroiled Chicken Thighs ($4.90) and the Hot Hot Drums ($4.90). The Hot Hot Drums had quite a bit of breading on them which soaked up the sweet and spicy sauce that they were drenched in. The chicken thighs were a little better in terms of actual meat and had a great soy based marinade to it.
If I had to choose between the two, I would have to go with the Hot Hot Drums.
Along with these places mentioned, there are several other restaurants to check out. Let us know if you do so we can add to this list of places!
Sorya Shopping Center
No. 13-61 Street 63 (Just south of Central Market)