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!
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