Much in the way it cherishes Angkor Wat, the world reveres Cambodia's cuisine for its rich heritage, magnificent design, and lack of aluminum siding. Experience the elegance of classic culinary constructions with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Cambodian fare and drinks at Angkor Restaurant.
Angkor Restaurant's culinarians populate their palatial menu with traditional made-to-order recipes from Southeast Asia, some of which date back to the Cambodian Royal Palace era. Start with a pair of nime chow spring rolls stuffed with shrimp or chicken ($3.50) or an order of fried or steamed pork dumplings ($6.25). Experience the tastes of a different country without fricasseeing an atlas, then widen gullets with a hearty entree, such as a pad thai that amalgamates lime-soused rice noodles, veggies, and your choice of chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp ($10.95) in an ancient Cambodian eating receptacle referred to by natives as a "bowl." The beef saraman curry ($10.95 small, $15.95 large) invigorates intrepid tongues with a spicy tomato-and-peanut sauce, and the Mekong Delta chicken ($10.95 small, $15.95 large), sautéed in sweet and sour sauce, arrives on a buoyant raft of rice ferried by pineapples, onions, green peppers, and carrots. A warm bowl of medicine soup ($5.50 small, $8.50 large)—which can work as an opening act, sidekick, or coda— complements any meal with its simmering symphony of noodles, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, lime leaves, chicken, and shrimp. Slake thirst with a cool infusion of thai iced tea ($2.75) or a chalice of fruity bubble tea, which comes in a plethora of flavors ($3.50).
With recipes that call to mind the towering spires of the Khmer Empire’s antique capital, the chef at Angkor Restaurant recreates modern Cambodia’s favorite dishes. Nam yaa, the restaurant's most popular dish, is also known as medicine soup for the restorative qualities of its lemongrass, ginger, and garlic and the tradition of serving it in a tiny childproof bottle. Distinct Cambodian sauces, such as tamarind and spicy garlic, douse crispy fish, and peanut sauce tops banh hoi, whose steamed noodles are accompanied by lettuce and mint.