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Find out who has the best Cambodian food in San Diego!
The best Cambodian food in San Diego? Well let's be real. There aren't many places in San Diego to get Cambodian food. It seems to be a cuisine that has been slow to arrive here. BUT, that's not to say it can't be found, and find it we did!
What exactly is Cambodian food you ask? Well by now you know I am a lover of all Southeast Asian cuisine, and Cambodian food is no different. First off, Cambodia shares many of it's dishes with it's neighbors, Vietnam and Thailand. You'll find many noodle soups, spicy, refreshing salads, and of course a banh mi here and there. Much like it's neighboring country of Vietnam, dishes are served with accompaniments on the side such as herbs, chilies, fish sauce, lime juice and fresh vegetables.
Unfortunately, the options for Cambodian food in San Diego are somewhat limited. However, there are a couple spots that serve some pretty awesome dishes. Both of these restaurants serve dishes from a variety of cuisines, to include Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese (well...and Cambodian of course).
The first time we ate here I ordered a fizzy sour plum drink, which I was not a fan of. I pretended to like it because the boyfriend gives me a hard time abut ordering "different" drinks. I always think "when in Rome..." but it did not work in my favor this time. I guess fizzy sour plum is just for me.
But the food, man was it good. Most dishes ordered dry come with this absolutely amazing pork bone soup on the side. I fell in love with pork bone soup the first time I had it in Singapore. Love at first taste you might say. Ly Heng's bone soup did not disappoint. It was packed full of flavor with a nice meaty bone to gnaw on throughout your meal. And you guys know how I feel about eating with your hands. It's the best way to eat!
They also serve Beef Sate Noodles which is an absolute must to order. The noodles come rather spicy, and I am embarrassed to admit that we usually ask them to make it just a touch milder. As I get older, I just can't handle the super spicy food anymore. It's sad really. Cooked to perfection, the noodles had the perfect amount of peanut flavor and the beef was pleasantly tender.
The Hai Nam chicken rice was also delectable. The chicken was tender, the rice has a light ginger flavor and the sauce served on the aide was AH-MA-ZING. I mean seriously, I will drink the sauce. (Note to self - learn how to make this sauce). Now this dish is not traditionally a Cambodian dish, but if you stop into Ly Heng, you should give it a try - It's awesome.
Ly Heng also serves phnom penh noodles, banh mi, pho, Khmer ginger chicken stir fried with ginger (obviously) in a sweet, spicy peppery sauce, and of course my favorite beef lok lak. I had this dish for the first time at Phnom Penh in Vancouver and it immediately became one of my favorites. Tender beef stir fried in a sweet, tangy sauce, savory and served with this delectable fish sauce dipping sauce on the side - YUM.
This place truly has some of the best Cambodian food in San Diego.
Serving both Cambodian and Chinese fare, this place has quickly become a favorite of mine over in City Heights.
They serve a great bone soup here as well. It makes my heart (and stomach) happy that I can get this soup in San Diego. The duck noodle soup with egg noodles is delicious. Of course we ordered it dry to get that bone soup on the side. Perfectly tender and packed with flavor, the duck needed no sauce or extra flavoring, which is unusual for me to say about a piece of meat.
They offer beef Lok Lak, but call it sliced beef steak on the menu. Order it - it is truly one of the best I've had. The beef has a slightly crispy quality to it and the sauce on the side is SOOOO good. Seriously. Order it.
The crispy intestine was also delicious. Perfectly crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, delicious dipped in a fish sauce based dipping sauce. If you've never had intestine, I encourage you to try it. I LOVE it, but you have to get past the fact that it is intestines.
Trieu Chau - some of the best Cambodian food in San Diego! Try it out, you won't be disappointed.
So there you have it, the best Cambodian food in San Diego. If you've never been to these places, I HIGHLY encourage a trip there. Let me know what you think if you go! If you're not sure what to order, shoot me an email - I'll tell you what's good!
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