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Oct 6, 2004 10:32 AM


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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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    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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    1. re: parkslopemama

      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.

    2. 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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      1. re: DC

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

      2. 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:

        1. 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:

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          1. re: Shield

            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.

            1. re: Shield

              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.)

              1. re: Shield

                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. 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.