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Cambodia's Kitchen Melbourne

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by Mistress of Culture Vultures (subscribe)
I am a writer living in Melbourne who loves to devour culture and the arts. Visit me at www.pumptheatre.com.au
Published September 4th 2022
Cambodian street food in the heart of the city
Right in the heart of the city on Russell Street sits Cambodia's Kitchen, a quaint restaurant run by brother and sister team Linna and Ivanra Hun. This dynamic duo's love of cooking brings Cambodian street and hawker-style food to busy Melbourne.

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Photo courtesy of Cambodia's Kitchen Facebook page

Whether you need a quick snack before your next meeting or a whole feast, Cambodia's Kitchen welcomes you with open arms and warm hospitality. With a simple menu, well priced for the city, you will enjoy warm hospitality in a clean and comfortable environment.

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Spring rolls, fried chive rice cakes, donuts and prawn and pork fried dumplings

First I tried the street food starters, which you can have as an entrée or a quick snack on your way to your next event.

The donuts look like a Spanish churro but are savoury and you can use it like bread or a pretzel. The outside is crunchy and firm like a churro but the centre has the softness of a croissant. Delicious on its own or dunked into a dipping sauce or soup.

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Fried prawn and pork wontons

These little pockets of fried wonder are tasty prawn and pork fried wontons. They were so fresh and flavoursome and served with a light and sweet dipping sauce – I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The dipping sauces at Cambodia's Kitchen use an array of fresh and exciting ingredients - coriander, rice paddy herb, sweet basil, chilli, cardamon, cloves, star anise, cinnamon, lemongrass, ginger and kaffir lime.

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Fried chive rice cake


You must try the fried chive rice cake which is full of flavour – and not to be mistaken for a spring onion pancake or potato cake. It comes in two styles – a sliced style and a dumpling, both with different sensations for the palate. The slice is nearly all chive and goes well with the accompanying sauces. The dumpling has a light crispy outside and is full of chive leaves and garlic in the middle for those who love a strong hit of flavour.

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Signature Cambodian Fried Pork on Rice

If you are hungry, try the Signature Cambodian Fried Pork on Rice with light layers of egg omelette, beautifully marinated pork, and garnished with a light pork mince. It's tasty and served with pickled vegetables and a bowl of soup. Delicious!

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Stewed beef noodle soup

However, the king of the menu is the stewed beef noodle soup with beef broth, tendon, tripe and homemade beef balls and your choice of noodles - fresh thin rice noodles, egg noodles, flat rice noodles or rice drop noodles. The broth is rich with hints of aniseed and the beef is melt in the mouth tender. A simple dish with complexity that takes hours to perfect - this is homestyle cooking at its best!

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Inside Cambodia's Kitchen

So on your next trip to the city, why not stop into Cambodia's Kitchen for a street snack or a feast, and feel the love of homestyle cooking and hospitality!

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Why? Go to Cambodia without leaving Melbourne
When: Open Mon to Sun, 11am - 11.45pm each day
Phone: (03) 7003 4349
Where: 175 Russell Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000
Cost: $3.80 to $16.00 per dish
Your Comment
I was hooked when I read all of those combinations of fresh spices - lemongrass, ginger, kaffir lime and more. Healthy, flavoursome and exotic.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5389) 24 days ago
It's just great how much access we have to international foods.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9742) 11 days ago
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