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New Nyamers / Sesame Noodle Bar

Hello again! After spending the past few months slacking / being sad about Vinh moving away (and starting a new blog in Vietnam), I was given a kind kick in the butt to start posting again. This friendly kick even made introductions to a new crew of folks that will help posting new fun places to try. So I’d like to introduce the new nyamers (borrowing Corbett’s introductions):

  • Caitlin – Skinny as a whistle but a foodie none the less, Caitlin did the typical blog thing– started off strong, and then it sort of let it linger. Never let it linger. The thing is, she’s got a great voice, and I think dangling a bit of food in front of her is just the right thing to get her inspired again. To see her writing chops, visit some of her past posts at: http://limeandpepper.wordpress.com/ 
  • Robert – He is the counter for anyone else you’ll find. He’s a glass is half empty type of guy when it comes to food, but like a stale beer at 4 am, he’ll drink it anyway.  He’ll bring neutrality to your rating system. Also a good photographer, he’s looking for inspiration to start shooting again. 
  • Justin – Graphic Designer, photographer, tech head and pocket-conscious foodie, Justin tries everything and runs algorithms to cross tabulate delight against price. More about non-foodie Justin at: http://justinpn.com/
  • Roswell – Roswell is our big boy from Boston. He eschews cutlery in favor of  hammers and nails and is the sly, quip master of our dining experiences. As the nerd-in-residence, he analyzes every food adjective before laying pen to paper. Actually, the last part is a lie. He actually writes in the blood of vanquished chefs. Great hair too.
  • Tim –  Cofounder of Co-Lab and all around tech talented despite being Australian. Tim will help out with making the blog look nice, eating and photos. 
  • Ben – Obviously so talented he does not need a last name. Tim’s recommendation but he’s got mapping chops you can see here. Ben will help add some mapping features to the blog so places will be easier to find.

Thanks to Corbett’s help, we have a new crew of nyamers that will be eating, and posting and hopefully we will have lot of new fun places to try this year. And because Corbett has been so nice, we will provide his wife’s new restaurant a shameless plug.

Outside Sesame Noodle Bar

Sesame Noodle Bar

Sesame Noodle Bar is a great new Japanese cold noodle bar just South of the Russian Market. Again, this is a blatantly biased review but Keiko and Corbett have setup a really cool, comfortable restaurant with tasty, cheap dishes.

Inside Sesame Noodle Bar

Inside Sesame Noodle Bar

Things are still getting set up and they are only open for lunch at this point but lunch specials are $4.75 for a bowl of noodles and a side which is a pretty great deal. SNB is also probably the only restaurant in Cambodia with Edison bulbs which is pretty awesome.

The noodles at Sesame Noodle Bar


The signature cold noodle dish is served with a ton of veggies, a small bit of pork, hard boiled eggs (which I pick out) and a side of tahini sauce so it’s more of a salad then a typical noodle bowl. The lunch special also comes with a side of either gyoza, pork bun or a passion fruit, mint fruit shake. It really does make for a perfect lunch. Not hot, not too heavy but plenty to walk away full.

– Bryse

The noodles at Sesame Noodle Bar

more noodles

Justin: Thanks for the warm welcome to Nyam Penh Bryse! I’m looking forward to finding some great new places to add to the site… and to my waistline.

Speaking of great new places, SNB certainly is. I think Keiko and Corbett have developed a great idea that will be a real winner in Toul Tom Pong. It would be nice to see more places trying out creative new ideas like this.

Pumpkin Sesame Balls at Sesame Noodle Bar

Pumpkin Sesame Balls at Sesame Noodle Bar

I have to admit, I’ve been through the doors of Sesame more than a few times since they opened but I keep coming back to two dishes. The aforementioned noodle bowl is delicious and is like you say, a little salad-like in its freshness and healthy serving of veg. And that lightness is oh so well balanced by the sweet and rich pork that goes along with it.

Sriracha hot sauce at Sesame Noodle Bar

Sriracha hot sauce at Sesame Noodle Bar

But for me, the real treat at Sesame is the pork buns, or rather ‘Thor’ buns. Grilled pork belly with a little bit of pickle and some sauce inside a perfect little pocket of steamed bun. Damn it’s good. I could eat like forty of them and then wash them down with Sriracha.

Overall it’s turned into one of my fav places to get lunch and it’s a must to try for anybody in the area.

– Justin

Sesame Noodle Bar
(the real) #9 Street 460





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Nyam At Home: CP Fried Chicken

During our research for the Fast Food Burger extravaganza, Bryse and I searched high and low for fast hamburger places to try in Phnom Penh. In our research for a burger cart for the review (which failed miserably I must add) , I found out a take-away chicken stall that has been a great go to for cheap and delicious eats.

The CP cart of fried goodness

The CP cart of fried goodness

Enter the CP Fried Chicken cart. Contract farmed in Kompong Speu for the CP Company, the chicken is brought to Phnom Penh and made into deep fried goodness. I have never seen breasts there but since I am a huge fan of the wings and thighs, it hasn’t bothered me too much. And I have to admit, I am a bit addicted.

Only 2,500 Riel a piece, the chicken is very tasty but definitely geared towards the khmer palate as the breading is a bit sweet but if you can compensate for that, it makes for a fantastic meal.

Just out of the fryer

Just out of the fryer

Which brings me to the At Home part of this posting. When you get the chicken, it comes with some napkins and the typically sweet chili sauce that is ubiquitous to the region. The sauce ups the sweetness factor to 11 so I tend to throw it away the packet.

Upon getting home with my chicken, I usually open up my fridge and check it out to see if I can scrounge up any proper condiments with the chicken. This time, I went to my trusty Sriracha sauce and decided to whip up a variation of a  great glaze I found online.

5.000 riel of fried chicken ready to be sauced

5.000 riel of fried chicken ready to be sauced

The ingredients of the Sriracha lime/cilantro glaze are:

1/4 cup Sriracha
1 tbsp Palm Vinegar
2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
Juice of 1 Lime
1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
I purposely left out the honey in the recipe due to the already sweet breading and added half a diced onion for a bit of texture.

Prepping for the lime/sriracha glaze

Prepping for the lime/sriracha glaze

After pre-heating the oven to 250 C, I combined all the glaze ingredients and tossed the chicken in them.

Glazed and ready for the oven

Glazed and ready for the oven

20 minutes in the oven allowed the breading to crisp back up  and what came out was crispy chicken that was spicy, tangy and easy on the wallet!

Fried Chicken from the CP cart with a Sriracha lime/cilantro glaze

Fried Chicken from the CP cart with a Sriracha lime/cilantro glaze

You can find the CP carts around town but my main haunts are the ones on Sothearos. The first is in front of the VIP Mart around the corner from the White Building and the other is just south of the old National Assembly.


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La Patate

La Patate

Mmmm.... Beer....

La Patate is one of the longest running restaurants on Street 5, a small side street that runs parallel to the riverside. It’s known by expats as the best place in town to get Belgian fries so we decided to stop on by to see if the reputation holds.

The interior is covered in Tin Tin posters which gives it a nice retro feel to the place. They serve all sorts of belgian beers there so if you were looking to try something a bit different than your typical Cambodian lagers, this is the place to go.

In typical Nyamming form, we ended up ordering way too much food which consisted of a couple bazooka’s, a jumbo order of Belgian fries, a slew of dipping sauces and an order of mussels.

bazooka burger

Encased in a crusty baguette, the Bazooka is definitely a meal that can be shared and in typical Nyam fashion, we ordered two. We ordered the burger and sausage bazookas which were very reasonably priced at $5.50. The sausage was a much better choice with the burger patties being a bit too mushy for my tastes. The sausage casing gave it just enough bite for texture and had just enough heat to perk up my taste buds.

The mussels were the highlight of the lunch. Mixed in with the herby lemon butter broth and large mussels were an ample amount of calamari and shrimp. It was so good that I threw caution to the wind and dipping the accompanied bread in the sauce until it was all gone (I am allergic to shrimp).


I have had the fries before and they are definitely worth a visit. Fried twice in true Belgian fashion, the fries have an amazingly crisp exterior while retaining a light and fluffy potato texture on the inside. If having some of the best fries in Phnom Penh wasn’t enough, they have now added several dipping sauces to accompany the fries! You get Ketchup for free but an extra $0.50 gets you Mayonnaise, Aioli, Barbecue, Sriracha (hells ya!) or Samourai Hot. Definitely spend the extra loi and try some of the sauces.

All in all, the mussels are to die for here and you can never go wrong with an order of jumbo fries made better with some fun dipping sauces (get the Samourai Hot).

4 out of 5 Nyammies.

papa fritz

While walking into La Patate we were greeted by a jolly Belgium who turned out to be the owner of the place. In addition to the Tin Tin posters everywhere, there are several photos of him with Matt Dillon and Gerard Depardieu from the City of Ghosts filming in Phnom Penh back in the day. So before even trying anything, you get the impression that if La Patate was good enough for Depardieu it’s probably pretty legit.

We ordered the signature fries with all of the dipping sauces, a couple of the bazooka’s and for some reason, everyone else wanted to try the mussels. The fries were pretty good but I’m not a big fan of places that don’t salt their fries. I assume this is so that customers can salt to their taste but in my opinion, if a restaurant named after a potato, they should have these things arriving at your table ready to go.

sausage bazooka

The dipping sauces were all pretty great. The bazooka sandwiches was served on sliced baguettes which was really nice for the spicy sausage but just didn’t really work for the burger. The bazooka burger was more of just a kind of weird beef sandwich than a burger. I’m not a big fan of mussels so I tried to avoid eating them but was forced to try the sauce towards the end of the meal and was surprised at how good it was. Mussels not being my thing, I probably wouldn’t order it again but I would recommend it to seafood lovers and would probably steal a few bites.

Overall, the atmosphere was cool, the spicy sausage bazooka was delicious and the fries pretty solid. The owner laughed as us when we were finishing and said if we ate 3 bazooka’s, the 4th one would be free. No way that was happening that day but I might take him up on the offer next time.

3.5 out of 5 nyamies

La Patate – No. 14 street 5 between streets 110 and 118


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I can hear the crickets chirping

Sorry, its been so long since a proper update but we have just been swamped with our day jobs. So just a few photos from a trip to La Cita where we were interviewed for Le Petite Journale. BTW, check the place out. Great Latin and South American food!

Also, on a side note, Lucky Supermarket has the Huy Fong brand Sriracha. Almost all the Sriracha sold in Southeast Asia is made in Thailand by the Nang Fah distributed by V Thai and is much sweeter and has an almost irradiated look to it.

Produced in Rosemead California, the Huy Fong brand has less sweet, has a deeper more subtle chili kick and actually looks organic! It’s a sauce I grew up with, squirting it in a bowl of pho at many a restaurant dotted around the Little Saigon area in Westminster.

If you haven’t had it, grab a bottle (740ML at $3.50!!!!!) and become a convert.

For some amusing and/or informative reading on Rosemead Sriracha, check out these links:

NY Times article

Wiki on Sriracha

Huy Fong : They do orders! Check out their Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek sauces!

The Oatmeal loves Sriracha

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