After dining at Chinese and Malaysian restaurants for a few days in the capital city of Cambodia, the tour guide that brought us around during our Overseas Community Involvement Project trip finally announced that we'd be having Khmer food for lunch. Given the location of the restaurant next to the river, it's no wonder why this honest-to-goodness restaurant is a popular spot for tourists.
Chicken Skewers with Lemongrass
The first dish to arrive on the table was the trio of chicken skewers seasoned with lemongrass. The white meat was pretty much tender and juicy. What I enjoyed even more was the salad with local vinaigrette, which turned out to be truly refreshing till the last bite.
River Fish Amok Served in Coconut Shell
Being a major national culinary tradition, the thick fish curry served that day was fabulous. It wasn't heavy at all, yet full of flavours. The river fish used was as fresh as it could it get. I was hoping that it'd be hotter, in terms of both temperature and spiciness level, when it arrived on the table though.
Khmer Hot and Sour Soup with Seafood
I guess there was something wrong with the naming of the menu as the seafood soup was neither hot nor sour. In fact, it was one with a very intense seafood aroma. Besides fish, squid and shrimps, there were also juicy oyster mushrooms that made the entire concoction merrier.
Sweet Khmer Delight
Dessert was offered in two forms. The more colourful ones were akin to Indonesian or Malay layered steam cakes, being acceptably sweet. The off-white ones, on the other hand, were agar jelly with coconut milk that had been mixed with an adequate amount of salt to make them even more appetising.
Pika's advice: Do make it a point to give this restaurant a try when you're in town! This ends my Phnom Penh food review as I didn't really take note and pictures of the rest of the meals that were all shared among many people. I promise I'll write more about Cambodia very soon.
Bopha Phnom Penh
(Daily: 6.00am - 10.30pm)
*No separate price given as buffet breakfast is included in the tour price.
Have a nice meal,