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Sean Oct 6, 2004 10:32 AM

I was pointed this direction for cambodian restaurants. Does anyone have any information on what is available, and where it is?

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    parkslopemama RE: Sean Oct 6, 2004 11:28 AM

    There is a place called Cambodian Cuisine at 87 Elliott Place in Fort Greene (near the Brooklyn Academy of Music), (718) 858-3262.

    It has gotten mixed reviews, and I myself have not been there in a few years, so I can't make any up-to-date suggestions.

    Can any other chowhounds tell Sean the best Cambodian dishes to order there??

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      Nim Chow fan RE: parkslopemama Oct 13, 2004 07:35 PM

      Does anyone know of another Cambodian option? I love Cambodian food, but am not a Cambodian Cuisine fan. I've heard rumors of places in the Bronx and in Queens, but the trail always ends with no names or addresses.

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      DC RE: Sean Oct 6, 2004 11:52 AM

      I'm a big fan of the Chicken Amouk (sp?), which is more or less their signature dish. Hard to describe, but I get cravings for it at least once a month. Also a big fan of their vermicelli with Cambodian curry . . . Not a huge fan of the sliced chicken or beef dishes.

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        JackS RE: DC Oct 6, 2004 12:48 PM

        I agree about the chicken amok. The minced spicy beef appetizer is good too.

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        Shield RE: Sean Aug 4, 2006 04:44 PM

        Now that Cambodian Cuisine in Fort Greene is closed, it seems that the fabled Cambodian community in the Bronx is Chowhound's best bet for Cambodian food. I did some internet research to see where the epicenter of the Cambodian community is and determined that it seems to be on Fordham Road between Sedgwick and the Grand Concourse, perhaps centered around the 4 or D subway stops.

        I'm going to try to get up there soon to check out my hypothesis. My location map and more info is here: http://brooklynramblings.blogspot.com...

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          Shield RE: Sean Oct 11, 2006 11:06 PM

          I took a trip up to Fordham Road yesterday but didn't find any Cambodian food. It does appear that there are some Vietnamese restaurants though.

          First I stopped in at St. Rita's youth program, which does a lot of work in the Cambodian community. The staff there told me that there was a Cambodian grocery a few blocks away, above the park on University. Very excited, I walked there, but it turned out to be a Vietnamese grocery. The owner pointed me towards Jerome Ave just south of Kingsbridge, where he said there was a larger Asian grocery that was owned by someone who is Cambodian. Once at Phnom Penh Market (2639 Jerome), the owner confirmed that she was Cambodian but said that they didn't sell any Cambodian food, just Thai and Vietnamese. This is the point in my fantasy where I would get invited to their house for some home cooking, but alas, that didn't happen. I also went and peeked into Phung Hung across the street (2614 Jerome), but their food appeared to be just Vietnamese. They were closed, so I couldn't investigate further, but this place might deserve a return trip.

          Sadly, it seems that there is no Cambodian food to be had in the five boroughs. It almost (almost) makes me sad that the place in Fort Greene has shut down.

          full post here: http://brooklynramblings.blogspot.com...

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            Brian S RE: Shield Oct 12, 2006 02:40 AM

            I walked around the South Bronx about ten years ago desperatly seeking Cambodian food, having read of a Cambodian community around Crotona Park. Same result as you: nothing, nada, zip.

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              parkslopemama RE: Shield Oct 12, 2006 02:15 PM

              Great posts, Shield. Sorry you didn't find anything, but thanks for trying! BTW, if you are ever in Providence, RI, I think there are still some Cambodian restaurants, although I haven't been in a while. (There are significant Cambodian and Hmong immigrants there.)

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                Helen F RE: Shield Oct 13, 2006 07:56 PM

                I'm intrigued about the first grocery you went into, the one that turned out to be Vietnamese. Any signs of Banh Mi production on the premises? Was this on University just above Fordham Rd?

              2. el jefe RE: Sean Oct 12, 2006 02:24 AM

                A friend of mine who was a regular patron of The Cambodian Restaurant and has the owner's home phone number called him to try to arrange a private Cambodian dinner. we were willing to do it for as many as he needed to make it worthwhile. He hasn't returned her phone calls.
                I guess I'll have to wait until I'm back in Cambodia for a couple of weeks over the winter for an authentic Cambodian meal.
                If you come up with a closer alternative, please let us know.

                1. lambretta76 RE: Sean Oct 12, 2006 04:12 PM

                  Pittsburgh also has several Cambodian restaurants as well, although they kind of serve the purpose of Thai rstaurants elsewhere. I think many are owned by the same family, too. But they're supposed to be pretty good and somewhat authentic.

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                    mrnyc RE: lambretta76 Dec 13, 2006 12:04 AM

                    cleveland has a population and several cambodian restaurants as well. one in particular is very very good.

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                    Pupster RE: Sean Oct 13, 2006 08:58 PM

                    We have THIS to look forward to:
                    Kampuchea Noodle Bar
                    Former Fleur de Sel general manager Ratha Chau sheds the fancy French trapping for Southeast Asian street food, including regional specialties from Vietnam, Thailand, and his NATIVE CAMBODIA.
                    • 78-84 Rivington St., nr. Orchard St.; opens October.

                    I've been anxious ever since this info was published in NY Magazine a month ago.

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                      jen kalb RE: Pupster Dec 6, 2006 10:05 PM

                      Theres a blurb in today's Dining Section of the Times, too.
                      HOpe its good!

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                      alainie RE: Sean Dec 6, 2006 09:35 PM

                      We at at Kampuchea twice while in NY on a business trip. Considering it was their opening weekend, we were really pleased with the food choices and quality of the dishes, the charm of the servers and the prices. They don't take reservations, so plan to go on a week night, come early or be prepared to wait awhile. They haven't got their liquor lisence yet, but you can byob.

                      1. designerboy01 RE: Sean Dec 12, 2006 07:21 PM

                        There is a place in Chinatown NY that serves Cambodian Noodles. Don't know if it is really authentic. Their country duck/chicken is one of my favorite dishes but its a dish that comes from the eastern part of Canton Province. The place is called Bo Ky and is popular with the lunchtime courthouse people. You can ask for extra veggies if you want for your bowl of noodles if you want. Most people get at least a plate of the country duck/chicken. Just be careful if you are screamish about eating blood cake. They put a chunk of this in some of the noodles soups like the curry chicken.
                        The restaurant is on the north side of Bayard Street between Mott and Mulberry Street.

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