Noodles, yum noodles! There are many great places to eat in Phnom Penh serving everything from up-market Asian fusion to hearty German dishes to spicy Thai and of course all the Khmer food. But sometimes you find a spot that just serves exactly what you are craving. Mick and I believe that this shop has the best noodle soup (for breakfast) in Phnom Penh (read: within walking distance from our house). Not only do they serve great noodle soups, but they have a winner barista (read: coffee guy) who makes a pretty rocking Khmer coffee (i.e strong iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk).
So, whats so good about these noodles? Well, the beef noodle soup is a tasty clear broth served with thin rice noodles, raw beef, beef meat balls and sometimes added blood jelly or extras like intestine or liver. This scooped into a bowl with some lettuce, garlic, mung bean sprouts and a flourish of flavouring.
The pork noodle soup also comes as a clear broth with the same rice noodles, lettuce, fried garlic and mung bean sprouts but the meat is steamed (i think) pork slices, pork mince, liver, kidney, prawns and pork meat balls.
Mick typically orders the beef (of course) and I get the pork but I do tend to give Mick the extras that I can’t stomach at 8am. The restaurant itself is always packed, mostly with men who seem to come here for their morning coffee chats and nom-fest. There are about 10 people working in the restaurant too so you wont have long to wait for your steaming bowl of noodles. The coffee guy knows his stuff and I am yet to have a coffee that is too sweet, unlike the majority of places over here so he’s a worthy contender for the best-coffee award in Phnom Penh (if there was such an award!).
Unfortunately the name of the restaurant is only in Khmai, and there is no menu, but there are lovely staff who speak good English and the old point-at-food trick will work on those who don’t speak English. To find the restaurant, stand out the front of Boat Noodle Restaurant on St. 294 (between St 9 & Sotheros Blv) hand look across the road to the busy noodle shop thats wedged in between a hairdresser and a bottle shop. Open mornings til around 3pm.