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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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