Asian food is prevalent in Southern California. However, Cambodian food is consistently underrated. Cambodian food is similar to Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, but its spices are typically more subtle.
Cambodian culture has a strong history in the city of Long Beach. Their food is no exception. Here are four underrated restaurants that serve great Cambodian food.
Phnom Penh Noodle Shack
This family-owned restaurant has been serving up Cambodian-syle noodles, porridge, and fried bread since 1985. People started referring to it as “the shack” because of its small size, and the name stuck. But don’t let the size fool you; the food has the quality of a much larger restaurant.
The Phnom Pen noodles are perfect for first-timers.
Tuesday — Sunday: 7 am- 3 pm
Hours: 1644 Cherry Ave, Cambodia Town, Long Beach, CA 90813
Phone: (562) 433–0032
A&J Seafood Shack
A&J Seafood Shack is known for its seafood options. That makes sense considering they have all the seafood options you could want.
If you’re not in the mood for seafood, they have a couple of other options as well. They serve a tasty grilled beef sandwich, and, if you’re looking for Cambodian food, they serve a Khmer sausage plate.
Note: It’s a take-out-only shack, so you will have to take your food and eat it elsewhere.
Monday — Sunday: 11 am- 8 pm
Address: 3201 Anaheim Street Long Beach, CA 90804
Phone: (562) 386–2000
Little La Lune Cuisine
Born from the ashes of the now-closed La Lune Restaurants, Little La Lune opened in 2011. Their Cha Quai (Chinese doughnuts) are made in-house and are worth trying.
Their beef skewers plate is an excellent example of Khmer food at its finest.
Address: 3225 E Pacific Coast Hwy unit a Signal Hill, CA 90755
Phone: (562) 248–2550
Cyclo Noodles’s goal is to offer fresh, fast, and delicious Asian food at reasonable prices. That is a goal they are succeeding at.
They serve huge bowls of Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Thai noodle soups. There are also plenty of stir-fried dishes and appetizers. My personal favorite is the Khmer Chicken Curry Vermicelli Noodles.
Address: 4754 Pacific Coast Hwy Long Beach, CA 90804
Phone: (562) 494–1230