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    Phnom Penh noodles from Battambang in Cabramatta

    Phnom Penh noodles from Battambang in Cabramatta

    Cambodian food has always been a bit like Filipino food to me: familiar, but not familiar enough. It wasn’t as commonplace as Thai food growing up, but most of the flavours just seem so familiar when I taste it.

    And it tastes utterly delicious.

    Off the recommendations on Thang’s blog, I decided to drop by for some Phnom Penh noodles on the afternoon that I found myself in Cabramatta.

    A full bowl of Phnom Penh noodles from Battambang in Cabramatta

    They come in soup or dry versions, and are basically rice noodles, topped with various bits of offal – pork liver, intestine and blood – as well as pork meat. A savoury brown sauce is then ladled over the top, and a bowl of soup served on the side.

    Rice noodles getting lifted out of the bowl after being tossed in sauce and chilli

    Jars of chilli sauce and pickled chillies are available at every table, meaning I get to make things get nuclear, and relive some childhood comforts.

    It’s amazing how something that burns so much can be comforting in times of heat.

    The noodles were slick and springy, and the offal was well, clean. Many places in Sydney don’t thoroughly clean their offal, leaving a bad aftertaste. Here it was just porky, as pork should be, and the mixture of brown sauce and chilli just made me never want to stop eating.

    If you do decide to make the trip, it’s located inside a shopping arcade and not visible from the street, so keep that GPS handy, and look for the banner hanging off the ceiling that points you in the right direction.

    Battambang Restaurant
    15/73-79 John St
    Cabramatta, NSW 2166
    Phone: 02 9754 2120

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