A little veggie gem in PP
Posted on 08 / 02 / 2010
First off, a huge thanks to whoever updated the location details! How anyone managed to find this place in its new location is absolutely beyond me.
This is probably my favourite vegetarian restaurant in Phnom Penh, though there isn't much to get excited about for non fans of faux meat / fish.
Only very limited English is spoken and there's no English description for the dishes, but there is a full picture menu, so there are never too many problems ordering.
The cuisine is almost entirely Chinese and dishes range from US$1.50 to around US$6. The more expensive dishes are usually serves of mock meat / fish in various sauces and can generally be ordered in either small or large size. I've found that one small dish per person (with rice) to be more than adequate. Flavours are rich and well-balanced, and everything I've tried here has tasted great.
The cheaper dishes make for an excellent lunch, generally comprising a serve of steamed rice, a few pieces of faux meat, and some preserved vegetable. It doesn't sound like much, but these little set meals are surprisingly satisfying, and I love the TVP garnish that they put on top of the rice!
Most of the menu is suitable for vegans, though you may have to exercise caution with some of the mock meats (faux bacon in my experience usually has whey or egg albumen), and I suspect that the plum sauce dishes may contain honey.
The place is small (much smaller than it's previous location), and there isn't much atmosphere to speak of, but the food more than makes up for that. It's air conditioned and the staff are very friendly (and always excited to see foreigners).
You can't see this place from the main road, but the directions given above are good - just follow the access road to the right of the KFC and Fate Blessing Buddha will be the lonely little lego building on your right hand side. Another good landmark is the big blue water tower with an ANZ logo at the intersection of Monireth and Sihanouk Blvds - it's basically just behind that.
4.5 happy cows if you like faux meat / fish. 3 if you don't.
Great variety, Ingredients u won't find elsewhere in PP, Good flavours
Some dishes have a squirt of tomato, ketchup on top