If you're looking for a nice Cambodian meal that won't burn a hole in your wallet, you should place Khmer Kitchen on your radar. Used to be a hole-in-the-wall eatery, the restaurant has since grown in business, serving unpretentious local fare near the ever-happening Pub Street.
Every main dish comes with a free flow of rice. The server was pretty enthusiastic in offering more rice to diners.
Khmer Dumplings US$2.50 (~S$3.50)
Two of the dumplings were filled with chives, while the other two had mashed green beans and yam fillings each. While the dough had no flavours, it was nicely chewy and just a tad sticky. The simple, unassuming dumplings came with something akin to Thai sweet chili sauce.
Khmer Style Soup (Fish) US$4.50 (~S$6.30)
I made the right choice ordering the refreshingly sour local soup with fish that was firm and fresh. The heart-warming soup was flavoured with kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, galangal, lime and topped with spring onions. I gulped it down till the last drop.
Lok Lak (Pork) US$5.00 (~S$7.00)
The first time I had lok lak (Cambodian stir-fried meat dish) was at the now-defunct Khmer Delight in Singapore five years ago. The one served at Khmer Kitchen tasted homely, reminding me of my mom's cooking. The pork was acceptably tender, going very well with the brown sauce seasoned with lime juice, sea salt and Kampot pepper.
Cherry Fizz US$4.00 (~S$5.60)
From the list of cheap cocktails, my BFF decided to try the concoction of cherry brandy, lime juice, soda water and simple syrup. While it wasn't special, I was glad that it was moderately sweet. I felt that they could've used a slightly greater proportion of soda water though.
Pika's advice: Do note that the restaurant also serves Western dishes. I know the picture below is small, but can you see some of the stone faces on The Bayon?
Corner of 2 Thnou Street and Street 9
(Daily: 10.00am - 11.00pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,