After Andy and I were done with our ferry ride Bainbridge Island we decided to grab a bite to eat for lunch. I pulled up Yelp on my phone and did a search for restaurants that were open and were $15 or under per entree. I was shocked when I found a Cambodian restaurant called Phnom Penh Noodle House, a 20 minute walk away.
I have eaten a lot of ethnic food in my life, particularly Asian cuisine, but I had never had Cambodian food before. Andy and I were both excited to experience the food and know what to expect 6 months down the road when we would be in Cambodia for our honeymoon.
While we reviewed the menu, we were given a complimentary pot of hot tea. The tea was quite hot so we let it cool down before we enjoyed it. Even though it was a warm day and I typically drink hot tea only in cold weather, it was quite refreshing. The flavor of the tea was really good and you could tell that it was steeped the perfect amount of time.
We reviewed the menu and placed our orders. Andy opted to go for the By Leeng, a Cambodian fried rice with chicken. Always a lover of curry, I opted for the Red Curry with chicken. It included bamboo shoots, my favorite addition to any curry dish. Our food came out pretty quick after ordering and both were really good. The thing that surprised me about my curry was the subdued flavor of the curry whereas the in your face heat and spice that you get from Thai or Indian curries. We learned when in Cambodia that the flavors there are much more subtle than they were in Thailand.
After our meal, I visited the restaurant website and learned the history of Phnom Penh Noodle House. The owners left Cambodia with only the clothes on their backs. The Khmer Rouge were in power in Cambodia at the time and were committing genocide against their own people, particularly those who had higher education. The family worked really hard, both working several jobs while raising their 3 daughters. Eventually they were able to open their own restaurant which pays homage to their homeland of Cambodia.
If I visit Seattle again I would absolutely make a trip over to Phnom Penh Noodle House. I think that enjoying a meal there would take both Andy and I back to our favorite stop on our honeymoon, Cambodia.