I know we've had lots of reviews of Phnom Penh, where the Chicken Wings are idolized, the Butter Beef exalted to beyond belief, so I decided that this post will not feature any of those things. Afterall, they have plenty of other offerings and they deserve their time in the spotlight too, wouldn't you say?
This is one of my favourite noodles from Phnom Penh. The Beef Stew with Egg Noodles, aka #8. This is slightly spicy, but not enough, thus the hot sauce on the left. Just dump the whole thing in there for the right amount of heat. This is hearty with beef brisket, tendon, stomach and honeycomb tripe. If you don't like offal, then stay away. But if you do, then this is a real treat if you're tired of the tried and true Dry Mix Noodles.
I haven't seen too many photos of this Trieu Chau Fried Oyster Cake, #72, either, but it is a favourite of mine too. Due to its large size, it's not something I order often unless we have more than two people. Well, this time, we threw caution to the wind and went for it. Served with some fish sauce for dipping, this omelette is loaded with chopped oysters and it's fried to a gooey centre with a crispy edge. Perfect when you dunk it into the fish sauce. Drizzle over some vermicelli and you've got yourself a real traditional treat.
Another dish great for sharing is their Combo C, #66, with a Beef Brochette, Rice Noodle Rolls filled with minced meat, and a Prawn Ball on a sugarcane. There is also a smattering of vermicelli, some mixed greens and a few slices of Vietnamese ham. It is a lot of food and really, great as an appetizer amongst a few people. The only thing is the prawn ball, either order more a la carte, or get a side order.
So I said I wouldn't talk about the Dry Mix Noodles, but my actual favourite noodles are the Phnom Penh Two Kinds of Noodles in Soup, #5. A blend of egg noodles and rice noodles, it's loaded with pork, liver, spleen, kidney and some ground pork and a few shrimp as well. I tend to like noodles in soup more than not, purely because the noodles stays hotter in soup instead of not.
Oh, and have you tried their Trieu Chau Fried Rice, #37? The rice is fried with great heat, and lots of fiery wok action. I love Chinese sausage, and there is lots of it in this. Simply fried with eggs and green onion, this is one dish where the sum is greater than the parts. To heighten the flavours a bit more, sprinkle pepper allover before you eat this, and maybe a squirt of lemon juice too.
And no post is complete without the Wings, #78! To read other reviews on their more famous items, click here. For a review of more non-traditional items such as the above, click here.