Feel transported to Cambodia at this new restaurant on Russell Street. Created by Ivanra and Linna Hun, this restaurant is all about paying homage to family recipes, traditional flavours and cooking techniques. With not many Cambodian restaurants around Melbourne, Cambodia’s Kitchen is here to celebrate this unsung hero in Southeast Asian cuisine. It’s now open, and ready for you to try.
Unlike its neighbours in Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodian food is subtle on the spice, but bold in garlic, lemongrass, lime leaf and galangal. At Cambodia’s Kitchen, you’ll find both local produce, and specifically sourced items from Cambodia, like dried squid, dried shrimp and palm sugar. Linna is leading the kitchen, guided by recipes, skills and techniques passed down from her mother and grandmather.
“There’s more to Asian cuisine than spice and staple rice dishes,” said Ivanra. “Our friends and family have always loved Linna’s cooking, and while we’ve worked across many hospitality venues, it never satisfied our deep passion to share the flavours of our home and heritage. We want to put Cambodian food on the map and share with Australians a new world of rich flavour that for many remains foreign.”
Discover local staples such as stewed beef noodle soup, a thick beef soup with sliced rare beef and homemade beef balls, or Cambodian fried pork/chicken on rice. There’s also plenty of side dishes to snack on, such as fried chive rice cake or fried pork loaf.
The star dish is the Signature Cambodian Noodle Soup. Made on a daily basis, this rice noodle soup is rich, and features a fragrant, clear pork bone broth, topped with fresh rice noodles and a variety of toppings.
Cambodia’s Kitchen is open every day, from 11am to midnight.