Homemade Egg Noodles & Fish Balls

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Very Humble Looking Store Front

Located near our new office on Pridi Road, Phrakanong is an old old shop selling clear broth noodles with either morning glory or mung bean spouts.  It doesn’t look appealing probably for caucasians but this shop has been making their own fish balls, wontons and egg noodles for many many years, kind of a fusion between chinese and thai tastes.  It costs about 50 baht for a bowl of noodles, not cheap but rather filling and delicious.

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Where they cook your noodle to order.

As you can see their cooking station, they have all the types of noodles on show in the glass showcase, from “sen lek” thinnish rice noodles, “sen mee” round super thin rice noodles, “sen yai” wide ride noodles and egg noodles or “bamee”.  You choose your noodles and your toppings which comes with a choice of fish balls, Ue Guay which is Fish Paste in a long tube with some spring onions and fried and then sliced, crispy wontons, fried taro sticks in a mound shape, spring rolls and little prawn wontons and shrimp balls.  I’m not a bean sprout fan so i always ask for other green vegetables instead.  In all those bowls of condiments that you see, there are salt, sugar, pepper, garlic oil, spring onions, preserved vegetables, msg (most likely) and the pinkish thing is called Yen Ta Fo which is a fermented bean paste which makes your soup pink and has a sweet beany tofuish taste.

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Shrimp balls, fried taro, spring rolls and shrimp wonton, a rarity nowadays.
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See the fish-balls?  Light chewy delicious no fishy smell!

Again it’s a rarity you can’t find these toppings anymore in Bangkok, I’m sure there are some left but i dont know where they are.  Fish balls are common but all these other toppings are special and must be tasted when you are in Bangkok!

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Egg Noodle Special with Broth on the Side YUM!

It’s easier to see the noodles without the soup or broth on top so we ordered it separately.  The fish balls was delicious, the spring rolls crispy and the moo daeng or red sauced roasted pork has a nice texture to it.  really Yummy, and all for 50 baht or less than 2 USD!

Pridi – Near Gas Station.  You can park at the gas station for 20 baht.

Khmer Street Eats

Light Green Fish Curry
Light Green Fish Curry

On the way back into Siem Reap Town i asked our local guide to stop for a real Cambodian lunch.  He hesitated at first and i reassured him it was what i wanted so we stopped at a little roadside stall.  They served rice noodles with two types of curry to choose from.  The first bubbling pot was a light green curry with minced freshwater fish.  I’m assuming probably a species of catfish…  It looked nice and light…

Red Curry with Pork and Beef
Red Curry with Pork and Beef

The next pot looked much heartier, and more luscious thicker curry and smelt really nice.  They also had a smaller pot bubbling away at the back which i didn’t know what it was…

Thick caramel like sauce..
Thick caramel like sauce..

I chose the green curry and into the bowl went a handful of the fresh rice noodles, kinda like a spaghetti but really translucent and light not at all heavy like pasta.  She then sliced some banana blossoms onto the bowl before topping witht he green fish curry.

 

 

I loved her outfit! So cheerful!
I loved her outfit! So cheerful!

On the long wooden tables were a basket of fresh veggies and condiments.  Their veggies basket contained alot of the same vegetables served in Thailand with curry and rice noodles ore to the southern part of Thailand which are different than those of central or northern Thailand.

Yummy!
Yummy!

Although Cambodians dont flavor their food as fiercely spicy as Thai Food, their bird eye chillies sure packed a powerful punch!

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Limes, Chillies, and Fish Sauce with Pickled Chillies
Delish!
Delish!

As compared to Thai food, their curry was much lighter, thai green curry is more rich and thicker.  This one was light and was more for adding and layering your own flavors.  I added limes and chillies to mine, and i enjoyed every drop!  The portion looked small because i requested only one handful of noodles.  For others it was 3 handfuls and covered the bowl.  It costs around 2500 riels which was about 60 cents USD…  Until Next Time!