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Phnom Penh 金邊小館

Phnom Penh is an institution in Chinatown that has long been known as one of the best restaurants in Vancouver. Almost everyone in Vancouver knows about it, and has either tried it, wanted to try it, or been turned away by the often massive line up. To anyone who’s been turned off by the line up – try again! Its definitely worth the wait.

What we ate

BBQ Lemongrass Chicken with Shredded Pork and Ham on Rice


  • The chicken was flavourful with lemongrass, not dry at all, and there was lots of it!
  • The ham and shredded pork were both served cold – the ham kind of suffered from it but the shredded pork mixed into the rice and provided some salt and was really tasty

Phnom Penh Curry Chicken Hot Pot


  • A fairly thin curry, not too spicy, with lots of chicken and potato. My only complaint was that the chicken kind of broke down in the curry and there were little bits of bones that you had to watch out for
  • The bread (french baguette) that was served with the bread was very crispy on the inside and super soft on the inside. It was great for dipping in the curry!

Filet Beef Luc Lac on Rice with Egg


  • The beef is very tender as if its been marinated forever and is salty, sweet, and nutty
  • This is one of the dishes the restaurant is most famous for and rightfully so, a must order!

Phnom Penh Deep Fried Chicken Wings


  • Lightly battered (confusingly so), crispy, salty, sour, and a bit sweet. Some of the best, and most unique, wings that I’ve had. I would want to try their other dishes prepared in the same way (like squid!)
  • The lemon pepper sauce makes these wings even more amazing!
  • Another must try

Final Thoughts

The dishes Phnom Penh is most well known for makes the restaurant a must try. In a city saturated with Asian restaurants it still manages to stand up and is worth waiting in line for. The beef luc lac, chicken wings, and butter beef (according to other foodies), are must orders!

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