Phnom Penh’s Golden Street or Street 278 is known for it’s many bars, restaurants and shops. So many in fact, that it can be hard to choose a venue to dine in. However, if you head just a bit west of Street 57, you can find a gem of a restaurant called Tom Yum Kung that dishes the goods.
I have driven by this restaurant too many times to count and never knew it was there until it was recommended by a fellow Nyammer. I think this is due to the parking area which is at the entrance of the restaurant and if there are a couple cars there (which there usually are), the sign is covered up. Either way, I am glad I found it because it serves some of the best Thai food I have had in Phnom Penh. I went with a pretty large group of people so we were able to order a ton of items off the menu.
Probably the best dish we ordered would be the first one we received. The quintessentially thai salad Som Tam ($1.50). A great start to the meal, it had just enough heat to kickstart our palates for the upcoming feast. Add some sticky rice to this and it makes for a meal in itself (which I have done twice since). We also received some Satey Khai ($3.00) the same time we got the Som Tam and the skewers of chicken were so good that they only lasted a minute on the plate. So we ordered another.
After dusting off the two starters, the dishes started pouring onto our table.
Pork Laarb ($3.00)
Tom Yum Kung (Sour and Spicy Soup $4.50)
Pla Tab Tim Nuang Ma Naw (Steamed Fish in Lime Juice $8.00)
Phat Kaprao Gai (Stir Fried Chicken with Thai Sweet Basil and Chili $3.00)
Phat Pak Roum (Stir Fried Vegetables $3.00)
We ordered everything spicy but I have to give the restaurant some credit for not destroying our taste buds by overpowering the tastes of the dishes with copious amounts of chili. That’s not to say that there wasn’t any heat, they just knew the right amount to put in. All of our group absolutely loved the Phat Kaprao Gai with it’s simple, fresh flavors and Pork Laarb didn’t last too long before being demolished and put out to pasture.
After stuffing ourselves silly, we lived up to our nyamming reputation and ordered some Khao Niaow Ma Muang (Mango and Sticky Rice $2.75) to finish out the meal.
A great end to a fantastic meal.
Tom Yum Kung
#10, St. 278, BKK1, Khan Chamkarmorn
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 23 720 234