How to Be Certain What You Order Is Cambodian
On a Cambodian menu it may be hard to distinguish the Cambodian dishes from the Chinese . Here is a crib sheet of dishes not reviewed to help you make authentic choices by the number.
a la carte dishes on table-top Khmer menu:
Number 1: green papaya salad
Number 2: rice noodles with green sauce, nom ban chok , or with red curry sauce, nom ban chok nam ya
Number 3: eel fried with lemon grass
Number 4: banh chay , a rice pancake stuffed with shrimp, pork and vegetables
The regular printed menu also lists some excellent Cambodian dishes scattered among the Chinese. Rather vaguely described in English, they are listed under Specialties (numbers 70 through 76, plus 82 and 84) and Soups (numbers 57 through 62 and 64 through 66).
Dishes listed in Khmer section of the menu:
Number 10: beef salad
Number 12: Cambodian-style sates with shredded papaya and carrot salad
Number 15: samlaw kaw co , a thick catfish soup with julienned green mango, green papaya and Asian pumpkin.
Dishes listed on table-top Khmer menu:
Number 1: samlaw machou , a sour beef soup
Number 3: “student noodles"--rice noodles sauteed with fish sauce and little bits of scrambled egg and green onion
Number 4: spicy shredded green papaya salad
Number 7: sate sandwich in a French roll
Number 8: banh-mi , a Vietnamese-style cold cut sandwich
(On the printed menu, dishes numbered 53, 57, 64, 68, 79, 88, 99 and 122 are also Cambodian.)
Dishes listed, but not numbered, on the wall menu (ask owner Sophy Ngann for help):
Trey aing , barbecued fish with tamarind dipping sauce
Frogs’ legs pan-fried with lemon grass and garlic
Green papaya salad
Catfish soup with poh ‘ohw.