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Nom nom nom Phnom Penh

Angry when hungry

So today, well “yesterday” if you want to be an asshole, I had to go in to work. Afterwards, Ann, Helena and I went to get shanked for dinner in the skeezy part of Vancouver: Chinatown. Just kidding, it’s not that sketchy, you just can’t cross the imaginary line between good and evil that runs through that area.

Restaurant Name: Phnom Penh
Address: 244 East Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tel: 604-582-5777, 604-734-8898 Why do they have two?
Style: Cambodian and Vietnamese


The dirt: We went at about 7pm, and it was really busy. We waited for about 40 minutes before we could be seated; however, when we were seated, I noticed everyone else behind us was getting seated too! Assholes. Everyone else was only waiting about 10-15 minutes, but I suppose it was our fault since we knew it was a popular place to eat, and it had won multiple awards for the last half decade. INORITE? A nammer-ish place winning something? Gaddamn.

Hunger Biox

I really liked the food here because it tasted very good compared to other Vietnamese food, and it’s about as “authentic” as you can get. This place is famous for its Butter Beef as I am told, so we came mainly for that and the other local draw was the Chicken Wings.

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1. Butter Beef

Wowz0rs. I really liked this one, I’m very familiar with Vietnamese tasting food, and this was really, really nammer. The dish is thinly sliced beef cured with a vinegar and soy based sauce, then it’s topped with loads of cilantro and lemon grass (i think). This dish is not for the faint of heart because the beef is very rare. From the looks of it, they put the sliced beef on the place and torch it with something because I honestly don’t know how else one can cook sliced meat from the inside out. My fellow newb diner, Ann, hates raw food beef, but we managed to make her try the “cooked” part of it and she seemed to enjoy it.

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2. Chicken Wings

This is just deep fried chicken wings, but what sets this apart from your run of the mill, 30 cent wing night at a local pub is the fact that they’re kinda huge, and the dipping sauce that comes with it. The wings themselves are heavily spiced with salt and garlic (read: omigawd, bonertime for garlic) and the dipping sauce seemed of the vinaigrette variety with lemon juice and pepper being the most prominent tastes.


3. Che Ba Mao (3 coloured something-something drink)

Sorry, I totally don’t remember what the English name for this is but it’s a very common Vietnamese drink. This place has a decent one, though it’s not what I’m accustom to. The drink totally goes bonkers with the red bean because if I remember right, the drink is supposed to be a somewhat even mix of red bean, yellow bean, and some green jelly mixed in with ice and coconut syrup. This place had it mostly ice and red beans haha.

Overall: I’d definitely go back, with a reservation (for weekends I assume) or on a week night. The food reminds me a lot of what me moms makes and while this is a Cambodian and Vietnamese restaurant, the food I had was good, switch blade worthy eats. Now if only it wasn’t so freaking far.


  1. Loretta
    Posted 18 Feb ’08 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    That sounds yum. I say you learn how to make those things and invite me to dinner. That way, I don’t have to go through the 40 minute wait time and I can also customize the beef so it’s a little less rare :D . Hi, my name is selfish.

  2. Posted 18 Feb ’08 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    how come we didnt eat any cambodian food at the “gold side” restaurant?!!

  3. Bran
    Posted 18 Feb ’08 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    bow chicka woooow wooooooowww!

    ROFL COPTER!@!!!@!@! LOLZ0RR0

    …oh man that’s good.

  4. sum
    Posted 18 Feb ’08 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Go to IHOP next time ♥

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