Here is a place for lunch or dinner in the heart of Chinatown, that will surprise you! Phnom Penh is a basic looking restaurant on East Georgia. It’s not fancy inside or out, but they know what they are doing with food.
I learned about them several years ago in the Vancouver Cooks Cookbook. Their Chef was showcasing his recipe for Hot and Sour Soup with Prawns.
But recently, a friend did some research on what else they are known for and wow, fantastic! We shared of course, the hot and sour soup with prawns. Although served in vision cookware ;o) it was hot with spicy and sweet flavours and big chunks of pineapple. Then the spring rolls which were pretty good, there must have been 8 of them, so great value! And the surprise for me was the butter beef. Thinly sliced beef marinated and served carpaccio style with lots of cilantro and a dark asian sauce. I will admit, I was skeptical but pleasantly surprised. It was really delicious.
If you want a bit of mid-day culture or just an experience, head to Chinatown.
244 East Georgia St. (just east of Main St.)