Khmer Restaurant: Boat Noodles

I love Khmer food but I must admit I’m nowhere near good when it comes to cooking it. I’m always pressed for time and one characteristic of Khmer cuisine is the freshness of ingredients (and I don’t have time to go to the market daily..) and lots of spices that needs to be chopped/grated/minced etc.

So when I crave Khmer food, I either resort to the cooking of my nice mother-in-law who spoils us several times a week with her always delicious Khmer cooking. But I’m not that thick-skinned to eat at my in-laws house 😀 everytime though I know they would welcome it. So we usually head out and try out different Khmer restaurants around Phnom Penh.

One of our favorite Khmer Restaurants is Boat Noodles Phnom Penh. This homey restaurant is located in St. 294. It’s menu features a lot of Khmer and Thai favorites. It’s hard to miss this place if you’re looking for it. The facade is full of potted plants, statuettes with a lot of cars and motos parked especially during lunch and dinner hours. It’s popular among locals, expats and tourists alike.

Boat Noodle Restaurant

Why we love it? The menu is extensive, delicious and affordable. Mains usually goes for $2-3. A family meal for 3 would not go beyond $15. Another reason is the ambiance. It has the look and feel of a traditional Khmer house, wooden decor, Khmer silk, surrounded by lush plants and fishes swimming in small ponds. Their staff too is an asset, speaks English well and you can easily request to tone down the spiciness of some of the dishes.

Boat Noodle Restaurant

Khmer style beef noodles

And the last reason we like eating in Boat Noodles Restaurant – their fried ice cream. Chewy crust filled with ice cream deep fried and drizzled with chocolate syrup and topped with cream and cherries. For some reason, Chinkee just loves it.

Boat Noodle Restaurant

My favorites – spicy Khmer salad with beef and basil, green papaya salad and Cambodian fresh spring rolls. Hubby loves the tom yum soup best. If you’re visiting Phnom Penh and looking for affordable and authentic Khmer cuisine plus good ambiance, Boat Noodle Restaurant is worth the visit.

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    October 3, 2009 at 1:25 am

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  2. Sreisaat

    October 3, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Hey, Lui!
    Kami rin, we love going there. Great food for less $$$.  The fish cake, spicy pork ribs and spicy mango and lotus salads are our favorites and we recently discovered fried ice cream! Walang share-share, galit-galit muna kami when it comes to fried ice cream *lol*  Chinkee is so cute!
    By the way, the girls (Josiet and Che) and I met at Java Cafe last Wednesday. Kwentuhan lang, and for us to also meet Che in person who just arrived weeks earlier. We actually thought of inviting you pero we were too shy to ask… Would you be interested next time? 🙂

  3. Lui

    October 3, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    hi z, will shoot you an email.  D thanks for the invite. Excited ako to meet you guys.. I’d love to have more Pinoy friends here.

    Boat noodles tayo one-time..

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