[MSP] Kim Huoy Chor (at University & Aldine)
When we moved here in July, this former Embers building was some other Chinese restaurant I think. A couple of months ago, Kim Huoy Chor Cambodian and Chinese opened up. As someone who has learned that great restaurants often hide in hideous buildings and strip malls, I decided to try some Cambodian for take-out last night. Now I haven't been to Cheng Heng so I don't have any comps, but I've got to say that the "Cha Saiko Kroeung" lives up to their cheesy slogan "addictingly delicious." Supposedly this is a beef lemongrass dish, but the sauce is like a peanut sauce curry with some kind of crazy delicious other flavors mixed in. The thinly sliced beef is mixed up with green bell peppers and onion. And the large order has fed my husband and I for 2-days (and that is saying a lot!). We also got the stirfry chicken with lemongrass--which was pretty good and the cambodian egg rolls which would have probably been delicious if we ate in (I pretty much believe that any egg roll not eaten right away loses its goodness.) To top it off, the host was an incredibly nice guy. I'll definitely be back to try more stuff on their menu.
I'm curious to hear what others have thought about this place.
Kim Huoy Chor
1664 University Ave W
St. Paul, MN 55104
I've been there about half-a-dozen times now. I've ordered almost exclusively from the Cambodian side of the menu and dined in as often as I've taken out. The food has been well-prepared and tasty, though I suspect some of the dishes are, like much Asian food in The Cities, a bit too sweet to be "authentic".
My favorite dish is the squash & eggs; it's not listed on the chalkboard by the counter and it (like too many of their other Cambodian dishes) is not listed on the take-out menu. But if you request it/write it in, they'll usually make it. I also have enjoyed the Saiko Ang (grilled beef) and the Lemongrass Chicken. I haven't seen the squash & eggs or Saiko Ang at Cheng Heng.
I'll second the mention of friendliness. But if the manager/owner is reading this, the place would seem friendlier if whoever was at the counter didn't have his nose buried in a laptop. :-)
This place has been around awhile--at least since last winter, though they've had that Grand Opening sign up forever, it seems.
I was home with a miserable, nasty cold and desperately wanted some pho, but didn't want to venture out into the snow for it--this is the only place I could find that would deliver it. They brought me a big paper grocery bag with about a half dozen styrofoam containters containing all the different elements of pho (the sprouts, the peppers, the noodles, etc.), which I then assembled for myself. Under the circumstances, it was exactly what I needed.
Otherwise, I've found their delivery service hit or miss and their food okay, not great. But that's been my experience with their delivery only. I've never stepped foot in the place, though I've driven by many times.
P.S. Welcome to the Twin Cities!