Food Trip Friday 096: Secret Recipe’s Curry Mee

I’ve always been a laksa lover and I had been craving for it recenlty. When a friend suggested we do lunch at Secret Recipe, I immediately said yes to finally satiate my craving.

Mmmmmmm. The best curry mee ever! Curry mee is one of the iconic hawker’s food in Malaysia and Singapore.

Yes, this Malaysian-grown franchise has already entered the Kingdom of Cambodia earlier this year and opened not one but two branches in the capital alone. One is situated in the busy Monivong Boulevard where my friend took me. Inside was so cozy and pleasantly cool, a welcome refuge from the searing heat outside.

As a lover of anything noodles, my order, of course, had to be curry mee and it came in a large bowl with an okay serving of sambal on the side. Curry mee is just  basically spicy curry noodles but the sauce — the sauce was creamy and oh-so-tasty. The curry spices weren’t overpowering either so it’s all good. As you can see in the picture above, it’s not all sauce – you can see the ingredients – fish cake, tofu, and clams – weren’t swimming in the sauce.

For sure I’ll be coming back to try out the other dishes in their menu.


Food Trip Friday 073: Penang curry laksa

Went on another food-trip with PELUKA sister, PinayWifeSpeaks, to D’ Restaurant Nyonya last week. It was our second time there after our pleasant experience the first time. We planned on having the Penang curry laksa, both our favourite.

That's my order of Penang curry laksa and a refreshing soya kincang.

The soya kincang is very refreshing although I would love it even more if it were sweeter and creamier. It’s somewhat equivalent to our samalamig gulaman-sago. The black bits you see on the glass are gulaman. Flavour-wise, the laksa was really good – creamy and with moderate heat and spice – but I was disappointed that the slices of chicken and other bits were swimming in the bowl. It was too soupy.  PinayWife and I had to “arrange” the pieces in the bowl to make it look good on pictures. But that being said, I would still love to go back there. There are lots more worth coming back to, I kid you not.

Food Trip Friday 072: Restaurant D’Nyonya

Drool-inducing sign!

My husband and I found this Malaysian restaurant while looking for something at the shops around Psah Thmey. We wanted to go in but there were too many people – every single table and chair was occupied and it wasn’t quite lunchtime yet. Not really keen on waiting we decided to give it a try another time. Boo-hoo.

I couldn’t wait for the opportune time to come as my salivary glands were already working overtime eversince I saw this restaurant sign. It was torture. Good thing PinayWife and I watched a movie, Johnny English, Reborn, courtesy of the Legend Cinemas in Phnom Penh last Wednesday. The movie, despite a very predictable plot and slapstick comedy, didn’t fail to make us laugh.  I think we laughed too much we got hungry afterwards from laughing, lol. Seriously, that’s when I suggested to PinayWife that we try this newly-opened Restaurant D’Nyonya at Psah Thmey. Luckily, she agreed.  And we weren’t disappointed.

These are what I ordered – char kuey teuw and a glass of three-layered tea. Let the pictures speak for themselves.

The best and authentic char kuey teuw in Phnom Penh. Only from Nyonya Restaurant.

Kuey teuw is a Malaysian-Hokkien flat noodles and char kuey teuw is stir-fried flat noodles that is a very popular hawker food in Malaysia and Singapore. My plate of char kuey teuw noodles was very tasty. Somewhere buried in the heap of noodles was a giant shrimp – surprise, surprise! There were also lovely crispy bits of sprouted mung beans and greens that added texture to the dish. And it is mildly hot and spicy!

Very refreshing! With real tea and tastes so creamy.

A glass of light-brown coloured iced-milk tea, or teh in Bahasa.At the bottom might be syrup (I’m not sure), evaporated milk in the middle, and tea on top. Of course, you stir them all in and sip it like you would a capuccino. Yum. I love the creamy goodness but at the same time it didn’t overpower the taste of the tea.

And how much did it cost me, you ask? All these for less than $5!!!!! Great, eh? Good food for less.

Eating the char kuey teuw noodles reminded me of the fun food-trip I did in KL years ago. I am happy to know that there is no need for me to go to KL again because authentic Malaysian dishes are already right here in Phnom Penh. Restaurant D’Nyonya is a gem of a find and PinayWife and I are definitely coming back to taste the other dishes in the menu, particularly assam laksa , which is one of my all-time favourite noodle dishes.

Restaurant D’Nyonya
Street 126 Central Market
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone : 023998408