Sunday, May 31, 2015

Angkor Restaurant 唔哥金邊粿條家

With limited parking, this restaurant has been on the corner of Victoria Drive and 33rd Avenue for a good number of years.  We tried it way back when it first opened and recall that we didn't quite enjoy it.  Why?  Neither of us really remembered why.

The only thing I could remember was that we did try their mimic of the famous wings from Phnom Penh 金邊小館 in Chinatown.  Since I remembered nothing from our first visit, I wanted to order the wings again.  Unfortunately, the wings were sold out.

I ordered the #31 Com Suon Bi Trung (Angkor Fried Pork $ Rice) 晤哥香茅豬扒蛋飯.  The pork chop was neither tender nor juicy, nor was it awkward medium in between.  The chop was seasoned well but very weak in lemongrass flavor.  The loaf was a mix of vermicelli, ground pork and wood ear (cloud ear fungus) steamed with egg.  The meatloaf was dry, either it has been sitting around for a very long time, or it was microwaved.  The rice, well, I usually wouldn't comment on such staple, but the rice was so wet and clumpy.  Did they microwaved old rice by adding water to it?

How sad?  A common and comforting dish was not so simple and soothing here...

Buddha Girl went with what was recommended by the owner, #29 Com Ca Ri Ga (Angkor Chicken Curry & Rice) 晤哥咖哩雞飯.  The dish looked oily, but it was really not.  The bone-in chicken was cooked tender.  Each piece of chicken was stewed to the point where the meat fell off the bone easily.  While we could detect hints of different herbs and seasonings, the strong tastes of lemongrass, garlic and fish sauce quickly overpowered our taste buds.  Nonetheless, my wife still enjoyed it, even with the clumpy white rice.

I love spring rolls.  Whether they're rolled in rice paper or in flour wrapper, I love them all.  If it's on the menu, it's on my table.

Well, that being said, luckily, we only had a small order of #6 Chi Gio (Sping Rolls) 炸春捲.  The mix of taro, pork, carrot, mushrooms and glass noodles just didn't do so well with us.  The taro overwhelmed the filling with a bland mush.  The frying oil was clean, but the rolls were oily.  This was a waste of money.

In the end, we finally remembered why we didn't like this place...the food was very disappointing.  Two strikes, I don't think we need a third miss to strike it out.

Angkor Restaurant 唔哥金邊粿條家
4884 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4P5

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