Apsara Angkor (formerly Mittapheap) in Lynn - Report
I recently asked for advice on Mittapheap in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/602104
And thanks to Nab, read some great advice in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/616378
So yesterday I finally made it up to Lynn (which was not as far as I thought it would be)
Upon entering the restaurant, we found out that it has changed ownership and is now called Aspara Angkor. It seems like the menu is mostly the same, though (although there were some items crossed out, suck as the yellow noodles w/ duck). More details about this change in ownership can be found in this article: http://www.boston.com/ae/food/restaurants/articles/2012/01/01/in_lynn_authentic_cambodian_fare_at_bargain_prices/ (which was also printed and posted on our table)
Lots of interesting things on the very large menu, and I found myself wishing I was there with a larger group. We stuck mainly to the things recommended on Chowhound:
Phnom Penh Yellow Noodles: These came with ground pork, shrimp, dried shrimp, roast pork, squid and lots of crispy fried garlic. It came with soup on the side (we added some to the noodles) and lots of herbs in it as well. Overall, very good.
Cambodian Sour Soup: This soup came with a choice of meats, and we chose beef and pork (although it seemed like mostly what was in there was beef?). The broth was indeed sour, and different than any soup I've had before. I didn't *love* it, but it actually grew on me as the temperature cooled. The meat in the soup was all stewed and on-the-bone, and was quite tender. The vegetables in the soup included Cambodian eggplant, celery, jalapenos and a bit of bamboo shoot. Lots of lemongrass flavor in the broth.
Beef Salad: I also didn't love this salad, but the presentation was really nice. Lots of tender beef with tons of herbs (mint, cilantro, lemongrass, and various others). There was a bit too much raw red onion for my taste, and the dish was made with bell peppers too (both green and red)....I was expecting this dish to be spicy (or to contain chilies), but it wasn't at all. I think the main reason I don't love this dish is because of an herb (although I'm not sure which one) that I don't love. But I can definitely see the appeal, and I still enjoyed it quite a bit despite the complaints.
Strawberry Smoothie - My DC's strawberry smoothie was OK - but was made with powdered strawberry flavor, it seemed, so not wonderful. Boba were good consistency.
The menu features two types of Cambodian Hot Pot, both for $40, which I want to try. I was *especially* excited to see the Cambodian version of Sukiyaki (they called it Japanese Suki ???)....but this is a dish that I have been seeking for over 10 years!! One of my very first Chowhound posts ever (back in 2001) was about this soup, and I am excited that I've found a place that has it. See link below:
Anyway, so the trip was worthwhile, and I definitely intend to return...I just didn't feel quite as wowed by the experience as I had hoped (for example, I didn't get the same feeling I had when I ate at S&I Thai or Biryani Park for the first time, and thought "Wow, this is amazing"). Prices were reasonable, staff were friendly, dining area was cold but pleasant enough.
Thanks Chowhounds for the tip!