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The Exchange Burger

The Exchange

The Exchange

The Exchange is one of a number of high-end restaurants that have opened up in Phnom Penh in the past 6 months. I tend to wait a bit to let the restaurant get on it’s feet a bit and sort out the niggly details that comes with opening a restaurant.

After hearing that Al formerly of Sharky’s was running the food side of things, I excitedly threw out this rule and showed up on opening day. Unfortunately, in my excited state, I forgot to bring my camera.

Interior at the Exchange

Interior at the Exchange

The interior of the Exchange exudes class and was very well designed. Also, I really enjoyed the open air feel of the place with lots of windows let in the breeze and light. I ordered the burger and my wife ordered the braised lamb shank. Both were excellent and the service was impeccable. The only issue was my burger was dripping with juices which made it nice and juicy but turned it into a soppy mess.  Al came over after our meal and I mentioned the juiciness. He winced and mentioned that the staff isn’t properly resting the burger before serving. I didn’t think anything of it as it was the first day.

Fast forward to a week ago where Bryse and I headed back to the Exchange to have one item and one item only: the cheeseburger.

The cheeseburger at the Exchange

The cheeseburger at the Exchange

It’s advertised as the Flame-Grilled Black Angus Beef Burger on the menu and was definitely worth it a second time around. The menu is a mix of  pan-asian and western grilled plates and prices range from 8.00 to 16.00 dollars but we didn’t bother with anything else.

Perfectly cooked cheeseburger at the Exchange

Perfectly cooked cheeseburger at the Exchange

Perfectly cooked to a rare temperature, the burger comes with extremely fresh tomatoes, crispy lettuce, an onion confit and swiss cheese on a not-too sweet sesame seed bun. A side of fries with a garlic aioli and ketchup round out the plate. Not too bad for $7.50. I mentioned in an previous post that T-Bone had the best burger in town but after this one, I have to take that crown off T-Bone and place it squarely on the Exchange burger. The high quality of the imported Australian meat shines through and the fresh garnishes make it the complete package.

Just a little juice

Just a little juice

So next time you are fixing for a burger and are willing to dish out a little more loi, then you can’t go wrong with the burger at the Exchange.

Vinh

Perfectly cooked cheeseburger at the Exchange

Perfectly cooked cheeseburger at the Exchange

A big old flag at the Exchange

A big old flag at the Exchange

The Exchange
#28 Street 47
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Ribs Ribs Ribs

A very happy EJ

A very happy EJ

I think everyone who reads this blog knows how fanatical we are about meat on the bone. So when I found out that  Sharky’s was running their 1st ever ribs cookoff, it was an easy decision to join the masses for some meat.

9 competitors vied for the “Piggie” award and with three professional palates taking care of the judging, it was going to be a tough competition!

We were getting hungry and a bit impatient for the ribs to come out, so we ordered some nachos to stave off the hunger until the main event. I have always loved the nachos at Sharky’s. I think it has to do with the copious amounts of cheddar cheese sauce and jalapenos on the plate.

Demolished nachos

Demolished nachos

The judges got their portions of ribs all at once which made practically everyone in the bar (well at least at my table) stare hungrily at all the white styrofoam boxes littered on the judging table. What made it even worse was the announcement from the management that turnout was larger than expected and they may not have enough to go around!

The judging table

The judging table

Fifteen minutes later, the all you can feast of coleslaw, corn on the cob and potato salad was unwrapped, ribs started coming out in white styrofoam boxes and we finally got to eating!

Ribs contestant number 1: Conner

Ribs contestant number 1: Conner

Ribs contestant number 2: Rory's Restaurant

Ribs contestant number 2: Rory's Restaurant

Ribs contestant number 3: Jake from Sharky's

Ribs contestant number 3: Mike from Sharky's

Ribs contestant number 4: Ebony

Ribs contestant number 4: Ebony

Ribs contestant number 5: Chona Correa

Ribs contestant number 5: Chona Correa

Ribs contestant number 6: Lone Star

Ribs contestant number 6: Lone Star

Ribs contestant number 7: Rusty Keyhole

Ribs contestant number 7: Rusty Keyhole

Ribs contestant number 8: Ross

Ribs contestant number 8: Ross

Ribs contestant number 9: Dallas from Alley Cat

Ribs contestant number 9: Dallas from Alley Cat

Ribs contestant number 10: Al from Sharky's

Ribs contestant number 10: Al from Sharky's

I don’t want to go into detail about the ribs except that they were all very good and portion sizes were ample. Also, number 10 was not given to the judges but given to the crowd for the People’s Choice vote.

We were completely stuffed and totally ribbed out when number 10 rolled out. In our group of 10, 8 picked the ribs from Rusty as the clear winner with one vote going to Number 3 and to Number 9 respectively.

In the end, the People’s Choice Award went to Rusty Keyhole in Kampot.

And the winners are:

3rd place: Number 9 which came from Dallas at Alley Cat Cafe

2nd place: Number 3 which came from Mike who owns Jake’s BBQ restaurant located in NYC

1st place: Number 4 which were beef ribs that came from Ebony (no restaurant affiliation)

I have to admit that when I tasted the ribs from Ebony, they were impressive. I  thought they were lamb ribs and the sauce was excellent. Not too sweet and had a subtle roasted garlic taste to it. I tried to get the recipe from Ebony but I think she is keeping it secret for next year!

Many thanks to the Sharky’s crew for organizing this event and I hope to see more of these cookoffs in Cambodia!

Just some more images from the night.

Jake dishing out the goods

Mike dishing out the goods

Bringing out the next contestant

Bringing out the next contestant

Ribs from Dallas

Ribs from Dallas

Someone came prepared!

Someone came prepared!

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3rd Annual Lonestar Chili Cookoff

The 3rd annual Chili Cook off at Lonestar

The 3rd annual Chili Cook off at Lonestar

Lonestar Saloon ran their 3rd annual chili cookoff yesterday and Nyam Penh had the honor to be one of the judges. Which really meant that we paid 6 dollars more than everyone else and got a t-shirt. Not a bad deal considering how great the entries tasted!

It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, meeting new people and eating 12 different chilis. Notably absent was a submission from  Alley Cat Cafe which had won the first 2 cook offs.

The prize was a $75 bar tab to the owner of the first place chili and $25 for the second place chili.

Now onto the winners.

3rd place: Buenos Noches by Sharky Al.

2nd place: John’s Famous Cambodian Chili

1st place: Texas Rojas by Lonestar Saloon

As Lonestar can’t really drink their own bar tab, Greg from Lonestar gave his $75 bar tab to John and Al got the $25!

Many thanks to Greg from Lonestar for organizing this event and I am definitely going to be there next year!

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