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Cambodia Noodle House - Coming Soon?

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Philx Jul 10, 2009 10:30 AM

This place is in a little mall at 33rd and Victoria; it is currently being renovated I am not sure when it will open. I wouldn't mention it normally but I have had some great noodles in Myanmar so I will give it a chance . As I don't get by there regularly perhaps some locals could let the board know when it does open.

Cheers
Phil

  1. CheapAppetite Aug 11, 2009 08:56 PM

    This sounds interesting. Is this in Vancouver? What's the average price on the menu? I may have to check it out for my blog if it's not pricey.:)

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    1. re: CheapAppetite
      grayelf Aug 11, 2009 10:52 PM

      Deffo in Vancouver, CA... that area of Victoria Drive is really pretty great for cheap/good eats.

      1. re: grayelf
        flowbee Aug 12, 2009 06:38 AM

        That reminds me, one block south on Victoria there's a Chinese restaurant that's always busy and has lineups for their dim sum...anyone been there? Can't remember the name... It's sort of across the street from Dairy Queen.

        1. re: flowbee
          fmed Aug 12, 2009 07:53 AM

          Western Lake. I haven't been. (I went once when it was called something else...the name escapes me at the moment.)

      2. re: CheapAppetite
        el_lobo_solo Aug 26, 2009 12:30 AM

        From their take-out menu, the most expensive item is the large order of the chicken wings at $8.50. A post on here mentions the smallish menu--yup, only 15 food items on the take-out menu. But still cheap, cheerful, and tasty. And, unlike PP's chicken, I didn't need to down a coke (or other soda) afterwards.

      3. flowbee Aug 10, 2009 09:24 PM

        Ok, so we ended up eating here tonight. They opened up 10 days ago. The waitress (probably the daughter of the family) was cheerful and fairly competent. The food came out quickly (but not TOO quickly). It was a pleasant experience. We're not experts in Cambodian cuisine, but my wife's from Vietnam, and there seems to be a big similarity between Vietnamese and Cambodian food.

        We had the green papaya salad, deep fried chicken wings, and the dry egg noodles. The green papaya salad was ok. I wish they tore the leaves of the herbs off the stalks. It was basically bunches of untorn herbs on top of the shredded papaya. Also the shreds of papaya were really long and stiff, making eating it a little bit awkward. If it had shorter shreds, it would be easier to eat. But the fish sauce tasted good...just enough chili and it didn't taste watered down.

        The wings will draw inevitable comparison to Phnom Penh's famous chicken wings, which we had last night. I think PP's technique is a cut above, but flavour-wise, Angkor's was pretty good. The lime/black pepper dipping sauce makes it all yummy. My wife liked that there wasn't sugar sprinkled on top, like how PP does their wings. Angkor does put jalapenos and garlic slices on top of the wings. They look like they were gently cooked in oil, so they looked kinda limp and soggy. I would've preferred that the japalenos and garlic were fried quickly with more colour.

        The dry egg noodles tasted pretty good. Firm noodles, sweetish soy sauce, decent amount and selection of meat and prawns. The side soup tasted good, although not as clear as PP, and no hunk of pork bone served with it either. I think there's garlic or raw garlic somewhere in PP's dry noodles (at least in the ones we ate last night), so we preferred Angkor's version. BUT PP does a noodle that has 1/2 rice noodles and 1/2 egg noodles, and I like that combination a lot. Angkor only has one or the other...but they might mix two noodles together if you ask them.

        When the bill came, it was marked 20% off! I guess for their grand opening, although there was no signage or anything in the menu informing us of the discount. So with the discount, the two of us were able to get full for ~$18. Each dish was around $7 apiece, so better value than PP for sure. I think we ended up spending double that amount at PP the night before.

         
         
         
         
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          flowbee Aug 10, 2009 09:25 PM

          More pics... last one is the dry noodles after mixing with the cooked bean sprouts.

           
           
           
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            twinkienic Aug 25, 2009 05:52 PM

            Thanks for the report, flowbee! I just noticed this place last week and was wondering about it. I'll definitely be making a trip now.

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            fmed Aug 10, 2009 10:12 PM

            I'm so there.

            The papaya salad should have been pounded in a mortal and pestle to get the proper texture (just a little crushed). Most places don't take the time.

            Thanks for the great report flowbee.

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              Philx Aug 11, 2009 12:36 PM

              Hey Flowbee: Nice report - glad to see they are in business. I will check them out next time I'm in the neighbourhood - do they have much variety on the menu?

              Cheers
              Phil

              1. re: Philx
                flowbee Aug 11, 2009 01:03 PM

                They don't have a big menu at all...nowhere near the mammoth menu at Phnom Penh. Going from fuzzy memory, they've got 5 or so Cambodian-style noodle bowls, some pho-style beef broth soup noodle bowls, some meat on rice dishes, a couple curries, and an assortment of other salad/appetizer-type dishes that include salad rolls, papaya salad, etc. There's also bubble drinks. It's a four-page menu. I was going to take a photo of the whole menu, but sometimes you chicken out, y'know? I should've asked for a takeout menu...

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                  Philx Aug 12, 2009 02:02 AM

                  Thanks for the info Flowbee. Certainly enough variety to encourage me to drop by soon.

                  Cheers
                  Phil

              2. re: fmed
                fmed Aug 13, 2009 07:43 PM

                I had a quick lunch at Angkor with a friend today.

                The place is small - five 4-tops and a "family" table to one corner. It is definitely a family run place. The menu is much smaller than Phnom Penh's (perhaps a quarter the size).

                The proprietors are Cambodian, but they listed all their dishes on the menu in both English and Vietnamese, but didn't use the Cambodian names. (Cambodian cuisine is "ethnic food" in Vietnam and Vancouver has a much larger Vietnamese population than Cambodian). They also had photos - smart move and will help the uninitiated in ordering.

                We had the Dry Noodles, Papaya Salad, Chicken Wings and the Curry Beef Noodle.

                As flowbee reported above, the papaya salad was shredded. They had used a mandoline, but they did not take the extra (and IMO necessary ) step to pound it in a mortar and pestle - the seasoning is more readily absorbed when it is well bruised in this fashion. The herb and peanut topping was good. I didn't mind that the herbs were merely hand torn as reported by flowbee up thread. (that's they way they do it in SE Asia). The dish overall was OK...but it could have been way better.

                I liked my Curry Beef Noodle very much - good flavour, good noodles (they used the thinner pho noodle), and the beef brisket had a good chew. If you are used to the Chinese/Taiwanese version of this dish, then you will find the beef a bit too chewy.

                My friend had the Dry Noodles and he reports that it is "OK". I think he actually meant "good" (he has high standards for noodles). A warning to people who don't like offal - it contains pork liver and pork heart

                The chicken wings took much longer than all the other dishes. I'm not sure why (we were speculating that the fryer was not yet up to temperature and they had to wait.) Compared to Phnom Penh - this was a bit of a miss. Phnom Penh's justly famous benchmark wings are just better seasoned...as is the lime-pepper dipping sauce.

                If PP's wings are the benchmark (and I believe that they are), then this dish could be improved by adding more salt (PP's version is quite liberal in salt), garlic (both fresh and fried). The wings also needed to marinate longer (the meat of the wings were flavourless compared to PP's). The jalapeno and garlic were not as crispy fried as PP's. (I like the texture contrast that the PP's topping provides)

                Overall a good showing in the first couple of weeks of opening. I would come back to see how they progress as they iron out the bugs. I definitely recommend checking it out.

                (Angkor is located at the strip mall at the NE corner of Victoria and 33rd)

                More pics here (including their menu):
                http://picasaweb.google.ca/gustibus.m...

                 
                 
                 
                 
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                  Philx Aug 25, 2009 05:05 PM

                  Stopped by Angor the other day and had Grilled Pork on Rice and Chicken Curry on Rice. The pork was quite tasty and generous in size - tender as well. It came with a tangy dipping sauce and a small wedge of some quiche like dish which contained eggs and noodles. Altogether a bargain for about $7. The curry chicken was bone in with yams and I thing eggplant. Very rustic with a moderate spicy kick. It was also about $7. The place is clean, recently decorated and has about 20 chairs. When we arrived there were 3 women gathered at a table preparing veggies as one sees in many family run restaurants. Overall good value for money.

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                    grayelf Aug 25, 2009 05:10 PM

                    Oh oh, Philx, that egg/noodle dish sounds like my SO's favourite one -- will have to make the schlep out to Angkor soon to try it. He's only had it in Vietnamese restos so far...

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                      ck1234 Aug 25, 2009 05:38 PM

                      I'll go with you if you like for this visit too!

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                        Philx Aug 25, 2009 08:55 PM

                        Hey Greyelf: I had a quick look at fmed's picture of their menu; it is referred to as baked eggs in the Grilled Pork item but is not listed as a separate menu item. Might be worth calling them to see if it is available separately (604-327-1862 By the way what is it called?

                        Phil

              3. flowbee Aug 10, 2009 05:51 PM

                I think it's open now. Seemed to be when we drove past it yesterday -- ironically on our way to Phnom Penh.

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                1. re: flowbee
                  fmed Aug 10, 2009 05:52 PM

                  Excellent! I have driven past it in a couple weeks so I hadn't noticed.

                2. fmed Jul 10, 2009 10:33 AM

                  Whoa! I'll definitely need to check this place out. Thanks for the intel, Philx.

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