A free weeks ago Kate and I went to Philly to visit Ash and Thelma and to eat at the small family-owned restaurant Khmer Kitchen Cambodian. Seeing our dear, dear friends was so fun and the food was more than delicious (yes, we are willing to drive to Philadelphia just for the PIG project, we’re hardcore people). I should end the post here with a few photos below but Kate will get mad unless I say a few things about Cambodia. So here it goes: Cambodian food may be one of the world’s oldest continual cuisines. It uses fresh ingredients, seasonal menus, and simple but really powerful flavors. During the Khmer Rouge regime in the 70′s the traditional cooking styles almost disappeared and has only made a resurgence in more recent times.
The Khmer Kitchen is owned and operated by a family who came from Cambodia as refugees. They were great and went out of their way to tell us about Cambodia, the food, and the restaurant. I even got to chat with the matriarch of the family as she delighted in how well all of her children could cook. We said we had come up from DC to eat there, and they were thoroughly unimpressed. They said they get customers from all over the east coast, coming from as far as Massachusetts and all around the country. It was good enough that I totally believe it. Completely worth the trip.
Here is a video about the restaurant from the website Phily.com
Once again it was a delight to try food from a new county with great friends. The food was amazing and I can’t wait to try some more soon… too bad there isn’t a place to eat Cambodian food in DC. If anyone is in the remote vicinity of Philadelphia I cannot more highly recommend this place. They were so friendly, helpful and nice. The flavors were rich and unique.