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Ichiriki Tei

Ichiriki Tei

Ichiriki Tei

Located on Kampuchea Krom just west of Central Market, Ichiriki Tei is a great Japanese restaurant that not only serves your generic sushi and nigiri rolls but some seriously filling homestyle cooking.

Interior of Ichiriki Tei

Interior of Ichiriki Tei

We were greeted immediately by the staff and were offered a huge table that could have easily fit 10. The interior is a blend of tacky Khmer Riche and understated Japanese.

The view of the other tables at Ichiriki Tei

Understated yet tacky

The menu is quite extensive and was a bit daunting to look through. Luckily, the proprieter was very patient with us newbies and guided us through the menu. Between the 3 of us, we ordered 4 dishes.

Gyoza at Ichiriki Tei

Gyoza at Ichiriki Tei

The first dish that arrived was the gyoza. At $2.00 for 5 pieces, it was a little expensive, though not as expensive as the gyoza at Bekkan Ramen. I felt they were a bit bland and definitely needed to be dipped in the accompanied soy sauce. After the demolishing the gyoza, the rest of the plates started to appear.

Ichiriki Tei Special Ramen

Ichiriki Tei Special Ramen

Ichirikitei Special Ramen ($6.50) was one of the lunch specials of the day. Along with the noodle soup, you get a pretty generic plate of fried rice. . I would suggest sharing your meal if you want to actually do anything after your meal. Half a boiled egg, sliced pork and cabbage accompanied the thin round noodles that came in the sesame oil-infused broth.

Katsu Don with miso soup

Katsu Don with miso soup

The next dish they plopped down was the Katsu Don ($8.50). When I say plopped, I mean a thud. The bowl was huge! The deep-fried pork cutlet was smothered with a beaten egg before serving and tempered the crunchy breaded pork that is usually served with this dish. The rice  was flavored with a bit of soy sauce and was a nice counter-punch to the rich pork. A definite gut buster!

Niku Soba

Niku Soba

The Niku Soba ($7.00) was the last bowl to come out. Nice and chewy soba noodles were served with sliced beef, carrots, onion. I found it to be a bit bland and once some heat was added to it via some chili flakes, it made for a pretty good broth.

All in all, a great place for those who are looking for homestyle Japanese food and don’t mind not doing anything afterwards.

3 out of 5 nyamies
Vinh

homemade chili sauce and soy sauce

Once we were able to find the front door at Ichiriki Tei and found our table, the overly attentive staff started piling hot towels, menus and sauces on our table. The woman that spoke the most English explained to us that the chunky chili sauce they brought over was homemade so we had to give it a try. We mixed some in with the soy sauce and it was decent, not too spicy and a bit sweet but the mix went well with the gyoza.

Food at Ichiriki Tei

My eyes bugged out when the Katsu Don arrived at the table. Probably really unhealthy but the katsu don consists of delicious tenkatsu and fried eggs piled on a top of really nice Japanese rice. This was by far my favorite dish (I’ve actually been back twice since and ordered this).

Special Ramen, Fried Rice and neon red ginger

The ramen was really cheap so I wasn’t expecting much but it wasn’t bad for the price. The noodles were not fresh but the broth and pork were really nice. The Niku Soba and fried rice were fine but not stand outs.

pickles

Americans typically associate Japanese food with healthy options like fresh sushi. This Japanese food is not healthy. Ichiriki Tei does have a very expensive sushi section but bulk of the menu is “Japanese soul food” which is definitely the reason to visit this place.

4 out of 5 nyamies
Bryse

Ichiriki Tei
No.10 Kampuchea Krom Blvd, Sangkat Phsa Thmey 2, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh

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Oodles of noodles

oodles of noodles

oodles of noodles

The Chinese Noodle Shop on Monivong is something of an institution with the expatriate community in Phnom Penh. Most lunches, you will see members of the development, teaching and business community hunched over metal tables, eating some of the best value Chinese food in town.

Utensils at the Chinese Noodle Shop

Chopsticks ready to go

The interior of the Chinese Noodle Shop is very sparse but in all honesty, you come here for the food. The menu is pretty simple with just over 15 different items to choose from. We decided on all non-soup lunch items this time around.

Condiments at the Chinese Noodle Shop

Condiments at the Chinese Noodle Shop

We ordered some mapo tofu, green beans sauteed with mushrooms, fried dumplings and fried noodles with beef.

Green beans with mushrooms

Green beans with mushrooms

The side dish of green beans stole the show with the copious amounts of garlic and a fantastic sauce I doused my steamed rice in. I didn’t really care too much for the rather flavorless mapo tofu (I’d rather have my tofu unhealthily deep fried) and the dumplings had too much onion and not enough pork for my tastes. However, the fried hand pulled noodles were great and there was lots of it. The noodle to garnish ratio was right on the money and there was seasoned enough for me to abstain from my usual dousing of soy and chili.

Lots of onion

Lots of onion

I have to mention that most of the people that come to the Noodle House come for the soup. After lunch, I ended up sticking around as the Funger came just late enough for everyone to head back to work and ordered some soup. A half hour later, another friend came around and he ordered some soup. So that was excuse enough for me to at least mention the soup along with take this photo:

What everyone else comes for

What everyone else comes for

Not a gem of a find as this place is pretty popular with expatriates and locals alike but if you are in the area and need some cheap but tasty eats, you could fare much worse.

3 out of 5 nyamies
Vinh

hand cut fried noodles

hand pulled fried noodles

We’ve been coming to Chinese Noodle for the past few years and they definitely have some of the best stir fried noodles in town. A bit on the greasy side but lots of veggies, eggs and a tiny bit of meat. When we were checking out all of the Chinese places close to the Central Market, this was the kind of dish I had in mind but we never found this dish on the menu. I’m sure that doesn’t mean those spots don’t have it, we just didn’t find this one at those spots.

Green beans with mushrooms

Green beans with mushrooms

The green beans and mushrooms are delicious but if you add that much garlic and msg to cardboard, it would probably be pretty good.

ma tofu

mapo tofu

This trip was the first time I tried the mapo tofu and it was disappointing. Not sure if it’s all non-Chinese clientele that frequent this spot or if it is just the restaurants style but this dish wasn’t even a little spicy.

Fried dumplings

Fried dumplings

The noodles and green beans are really tasty, but the measuring stick of any Chinese restaurant, the dumplings, are just not done well. We tried the deep fried but both the deep fried and steamed are just way too much dough, not enough stuffing and the stuffing is way too heavy on the veggies.

Dipping the dumpling

Dipping the dumpling

The prices are super cheap, the location is convenient and they have some of the best pull noodles out of all the dive Chinese places I’ve tried in town. Definitely worth a try if you haven’t been yet.

3 out of 5 nyamies
Bryse

Chinese Noodle Restaurant

Chinese Noodle Restaurant

You can find the Chinese Noodle Restaurant on Monivong just south of Sihanouk Boulevard.

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Botanico

Set of appetizers at Botanico

Set of appetizers at Botanico

We were lucky enough to be part of a select few to the soft launch of Botanico, a new gastrobar in Phnom Penh that is co-run by the crew that brought us Tepui.

Entrance of Botanico

Entrance of Botanico

An unassuming double door with a metal sign is the only indication of the gastrobar within. Quite a departure from the dark wood and sophisticated dining experience of Tepui, Botanico is set in a lush garden setting with potted plants, chirping birds and a very cute but rowdy kitten.

Botanico gastropub setting

Botanico gastropub setting

There was a limited menu offered but I was happy to see that a burger that we sampled in a previous post was on the menu! The menu features tapas and lighter bites along with a breakfast menu!

The italiano beef burger

The italiano beef burger

We sampled a few items from the menu including coconut milk and lemongrass skewered shrimp, pork wontons with a mango chutney, red snapper ceviche and the awesomely awesome italiano beef burger.

Gisella presents the italiano beef burger

Gisella presents the italiano beef burger

It is set to open this week and if you are in the neighborhood, pop in and check it out!

Botanico
Open 7 Days 8:00am – 9:30pm
House #9b, Street 29 (near Sihanouk Blvd. and street 294).

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Shan Dong

This is part of a set of reviews taken over a few days in which we gorged ourselves silly at the numerous Szechuan Chinese restaurants located near Central Market. The street is 136 and the best landmark I can give is they are just east of the KFC on Monivong. I have placed a map at the bottom of the review with the street highlighted in red.

Spicy fried beef at Shan Dong Restaurant

Spicy fried beef at Shan Dong Restaurant

Shan Dong was the next on the list to try and I found it to be quite the same in terms of interiors from the rest of the restaurant row.

Usually when you sit down at these places, the waitress will put down the generic small plate, bowl for soup, a saucer for dipping sauce, soup spoon and chopsticks. Shan Dong elevates it a bit by offering some peanuts and a mouth scorching side of Kim Chi.

Because of this change up, we decided to go a bit crazy and order a menu item over $2.00. For the order, we had Fried Dumplings ($1.50), Noodle soup with Duck ($2.00) and Spicy Fried Beef ($4.00).

Noodle soup with duck at Shan Dong

Noodle soup with duck at Shan Dong

The duck soup was rich with the flavor of the duck prominent with each bite. The bok choy was cooked al dente and added a greatly appreciated crunchy texture to the softer noodles. I also appreciated that it the fattiness of the duck was controlled and not overpowering. As a whole, it was a very solid dish that I would probably order again.

The Spicy Fried Beef was next. Green peppers, onion, ginger, and a whole bunch of chilies were stir fried up with some beef in a flavorful soy sauce. A pretty good dish but was a bit generic for my tastes.

Fried dumplings at Shan Dong

Fried dumplings at Shan Dong

As for the Dumplings; well, they were very normal but tasted great when dipped in some soy and chili.

As a whole, Shan Dong falls in the middle of the restaurants we have been to. The duck soup was definitely my favorite with the other two dishes solid but nothing too impressive to write home about.

2.5 out of 5 nyamies

Vinh

Noodle soup with duck at Shan Dong

Noodle soup with duck at Shan Dong

The duck soup was delicious.  Not overly flavorful but it smelled like eating a bowl of duck gravy … which is making my mouth water thinking about it.  And the duck meat itself was great.

Fried dumplings at Shan Dong

Fried dumplings at Shan Dong

The dumplings were not stand out but pretty tasty.

Spicy fried beef at Shan Dong

Spicy fried beef at Shan Dong

I really liked the fried beef.  The stir fried veggies were really nice and the beef was surprisingly tender.  But for all of the red chili peppers mixed in, it really wasn’t that spicy which was a bit strange.

3.5 out of 5 nyamies

Bryse

Szechuan Chinese Restaurants Map

Szechuan Chinese Restaurants Map

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The Unnamed Restaurant

This is part of a set of reviews taken over a few days in which we gorged ourselves silly at the numerous Szechuan Chinese restaurants located near Central Market. The street is 136 and the best landmark I can give is they are just east of the KFC on Monivong. I have placed a map at the bottom of the review with the street highlighted in red.


Looking for a translation

Looking for a translation

The next place I will call the Restaurant without a Name (or until I can get a translation).  The restaurant is called Zhongqing Xianglaxiang which translates to Zhongqing [Chunking] Fragrant and Spicy. The interior of the place is almost identical of the Sichuan Restaurant. Nothing too fancy. It’s cheap and filling but will it be tasty?

For the review, we had three items. Boiled Pork Dumplings ($1.50), Spring Onion Noodles ($1.50), and Sour & Spicy Soup ($1.50).


Even though we asked for the fried version, I found the dumplings to be quite tasty. I am a bit weird as I like to have my dumplings seasoned enough for non-dunking and these were easily seasoned enough. Also, each dumpling didn’t have the copious amount of green onion that many on this street have. A more meat to green onion ratio is always a good thing.

The Spring Onion Noodles however did need some seasoning. Along with thin noodles, it consisted of green onions and fried egg. After adding some soy sauce, and chili, they were more than passable.


Lastly, we had the Sour & Spicy Soup. Consisting of tofu, egg drop, tomato, wood ear mushrooms and chopped green onions, I found it to be more sour than spicy. That being said, after adding some chili, it was very nice.

I found this restaurant to be a bit frustrating. The one item that you would generally dunk to get more flavor (dumplings) were the most flavorful dish of the three. Considering the non-English sign, I was hoping for a bit more personality out of their dishes.  — Vinh

Always nice to see “thumbs up sauce” (black vinegar dumpling sauce) on the table when starting a meal.  However, this place was not worthy of the thumbs up.

The stir fry noodles were decent but not a whole lot of flavor and a bit too greasy, which is saying something.  Greasy enough to feel like there was a layer of grease covering your face after every bite.  I ended up eating a couple bowls of the soup which wasn’t bad but it was kind of a not quite hot and sour soup flavor.  Or at least the kind I am used to.

Boiled dumplings are pretty much always a travesty in my book.  Especially veggie heavey boiled dumplings with a bad dough skin to filling ratio (way too much boiled dough for these guys).  The fried dumplings may be alright but it’s probably not worth a return visit. — Bryse

Vinh: 2.5 out of 5 nyamies

Bryse: 2 out of 5 nyamies

Szechuan Chinese Restaurants Map

Szechuan Chinese Restaurants Map

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Sichuan Restaurant

This is the first entry of a series of reviews we undertook a few weeks ago. At first, we wanted to review several hand pulled restaurants around Phnom Penh and give our 2 cents on each. We first started on street 136 (near the KFC on Monivong) where you find a gaggle of restaurants that specialize in Szechuan cuisine. After sampling a couple of the restaurants on the street and seeing each restaurant’s take on certain dishes, Bryse and I thought that this street needed a bit more attention.

The hand pulled review would have to wait.

Enjoy the mega-Szechuan review that starts below!

Vinh

I have been a longtime fan of this place for the past 7 years. In that time, not much has changed. It manages to deliver tasty Szechuan cuisine for a very reasonable price. The place gets packed for lunch and usually has a pretty rowdy crowd for dinner.

For our visit, we had some Cut Noodles with Soy Sauce ($1.50) and a Noodle Soup with Beef ($1.50). Both were very good. The Cut Noodles were served in a metal bowl and along served with ground pork, chopped chilis, green onion and garlic in a spicy soy sauce. It isn’t the healthiest of dishes as there was a pool of oil collecting at the bottom of the bowl but typically of something this unhealthy, pretty damn tasty.

The Noodle Soup had a chunks of beef, bok choy in a soup broth more reminiscent of a stew than a soup. The noodles were a bit overcooked but the rich broth easily made up for that.

An additional thought: Even though we didn’t actually order the sweet and sour chicken, I have to mention them. Why? Well, ever had General Tso’s chicken? Nearly every Chinese buffet in America offers them on under heat lamps and it’s pretty much the first thing I hit up. It’s one of those shameful vices where you crouch down a bit further in your seat and sheepishly profess your love of something so bad…..

Kinda like P Diddy’s song “Mo Money Mo Problems”.

Best thing about this version is that you can get it in chicken, pork or fish.  — Vinh

The first thing I tried was the soy sauce, pork noodles which were great.  Really greasy but a nice subtle taste with just enough spiciness to keep them interesting.  I would definitely go back to this spot to try these soy sauce noodles again.

The noodle soup wasn’t as interesting and I’m not a huge fan of beef at cheap Chinese places.  Usually pretty bad, stringy stuff.  I also managed to get quite a bit of the red sauce all over my shirt while trying to slurp the noodles like an idiot … which I blamed on the dish.  We didn’t try any dumplings at this first spot but I think it would be worth a shot. 

Vinh: 4.5 out of 5 Nyamies

Bryse: 4 out of 5 nyamies

Szechuan Chinese Restaurants Map

Szechuan Chinese Restaurants Map

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Just a little teaser

In the midst of preparing a huge set of reviews for the near future. Can’t let the cat out of the bag just yet but here’s a few teaser photos for the upcoming updates.

Pork meat stuffing for dumplings

Pork meat stuffing for dumplings

Closing up the dumpling

Closing up the dumpling

Dumplings ready to be eaten

Dumplings ready to be eaten

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