Going For The Best Chicken Wings In Town

Most people know Phnom Penh as the capital city of Cambodia. However, talk about Phnom Pneh in Vancouver and images of dry rice noodle and the best chicken wings in town comes to mind.

Phnom Penh is an award winning South East Asian restaurant. I have been dining there for as long as I can remember. The place is super popular and if you don’t make a reservation, you can expect to line up for an hour or more to get a table. You can expect to wait a bit even if you do make a reservation.

Most of the time, I go to Phnom Penh for lunch because it’s not as busy as dinnertime. The menu is the same for lunch or dinner. You just don’t have to wait as long. Phnom Penh has many signature dishes but the two I always order when I dine there are the special dry rice noodles and deep fried chicken wings.

Phnom Penh Special Rice Noodle


Unlike Pho, which is rice noodle in soup, Phnom Penh rice noodle is served “dry” with soup on the side. Various meats (beef, chicken, pork, liver and shrimp) and a special seasoning sauce add a very exotic taste to the dish.


Like Pho, Phnom Penh rice noodle includes spouts, lime wedges and chili sauce so you can kick the dish up a notch or two. I used to never put the chili in the dish but now I put it all in. It really adds some kick to the noodle.

Phnom Penh Deep Fried Chicken Wings


The deep fried chicken wings from Phnom Penh are the best chicken wings I ever had. The skin is very crispy with lots of spices and the inside meat is super tender. A dipping sauce made from lime extract and pepper helps to bring out the spices in the chicken skin.

Price wise, Lunch or dinner at Phnom Penh is very reasonable. Our lunch came to just $26.00 for two bowls of dry rice noodle and one plate of chicken wings. I highly recommend everyone try this restaurant. I wish they would open a Phnom Penh in Richmond. It would replace the Saturday Pho Fest.

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50 thoughts on “Going For The Best Chicken Wings In Town”

  1. MasterSparky says:

    Where’s the buffalo sauce 😕

    1. Gdog says:

      Forget buffalo sauce, that will insult these wings! 😉

      I love Vietnamese fried chicken wings. My best friend who just happens to be Vietnamese, his mom makes a killer batch of wings just like the ones you described above…drool. 😛

      Speaking of fried chicken, I am addicted to Korean fried chicken. It’s some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted. It puts KFC, Popeye’s and whatever else you can name to shame! 😎

    2. derrich says:

      Hahaha…exactly. Wing Stop for the win! 😎

  2. Tim says:

    That all looks delicious! Thanks for sharing, if only it wasn’t over the other side of the world 🙁

    1. Jonix says:

      Were are you from Tim, if i may ask?

      John, this look absolutly delicious. Here in this side of the world we’ve some asian restaurants, some of them very very good, i like it alot.

  3. Jon says:

    Wow! Thats looks plain outright delicious. I must say though, my all-time favorite food is paht me. Its Thai food, I always eat it at a little restaurant called Lemon Grass. Just wonderful!

  4. My mouth is watering John. Livin’ it up mogul style :mrgreen:

    1. Jane May says:

      I was beginning to think you didn’t like food since it’s been a while that I’ve seen these types of dishes on your posts. You’ve probably had a lot more to blog about and the food posts have been coming a little less frequent.

      1. derrich says:

        Actually, I was kinda happy he hasn’t been posting food reviews because I get so hungry everytime I read them. And for some reason, that’s usually around lunch.

  5. chrisjos says:

    Just the way I like my wings.. hot and spicy.Just like my woman 😀

  6. Looks good. I just read your taxes article and I like the fact that you can write it off!!!

    1. derrich says:

      Seriously. How evil is that? 😈

      1. Marc says:

        It’s pretty awesomely evil. Thank God it’s contagious 😛

  7. Jeff Kee says:


    I had chicken wings today at a friend’s place…

    1. Jane May says:

      Hmmm, this comment makes me think of your latest post, was it a girl whose house you went to? If so, your friends must not be that close to you anymore since they’ve lost their value 😛

  8. mmm, looks good. Maybe you should fly all your top commentators out there for dinner some time 😉

    1. derrich says:

      If he did that, we’d all be eating Spam. 😯

      1. Marc says:

        We sure would. But I’d stomach the spam for a chance to sit down with John for a while. I’ve got a few good questions to pick his brain with.

  9. Kelly Cho says:

    I’m out in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles, CA where there’s a huge asian community so our asian restaurants out here are fantastic and quite authentic. I love Thai food but dunno how to order… I’m always going for the safe “Pad Thai”. 🙁 I’ll start ordering what you order John!

    1. Kelly Cho says:

      Never had Cambodian food though… looks hella good!

      1. Jane May says:

        hahaha…Kelly, are you from Northern California? I only hear “hella” from Nor Cal people 😀

        1. Marc says:

          …and Cartman 🙂

      2. derrich says:

        It’s really good! We have a ton of Asian here in San Antonio and in Houston. Loves it.

  10. Josh Rives says:

    Quality for less than $1000. Didn’t know it was possible

  11. Alex Shalman says:

    JohnChow.com – Never On An Empty Stomach. 😈

  12. Albert says:

    Dammit, i am hungry now!! 😯

    1. Jane May says:

      John can have that effect on people.

      1. derrich says:

        I’m eating right now.

  13. InvestMe says:

    ohhh, john that was really a delicious dot com mogul, hahaha! we have a lot food specialty here in the philippines. 🙂

  14. Longshot says:

    I have to try these but I wonder if they can compare with the chicken wings at the food court in Aberdeen Centre? I forgot the name but they are the best wings I’ve ever. Crispy, tasty and fresh fried.

    I’m heading to Phnom Penh tomorrow and will be back with a review!

    1. John Chow says:

      I haven’t tried the wings at the Aberdeen Centre food court, but I doubt they can match the wings at Phnom Penh. Let me know.

  15. Stephanie says:

    Chicken wings = love! Maybe someday I’ll get the chance to try these.

  16. Jon Lee says:

    Man that looks amazing… I usually only order Pho – I think I might have to give the other parts of the menu a chance!

    1. Jane May says:

      What the Pho!! You def need to try other things in the menu 😆

  17. Dave says:

    Very reasonably priced, considering some of the other restaurants you like to patron 🙂

    There is a little pool hall near my house that has some amazing wings.

  18. You’re making me want to return to Cambodia, even though you’d be hard pressed to find this food there.

    It’s such a beautiful place.

  19. Great food John, My wife is Vietnamese and there are a lot of things in common between Cambodian and Vietnamese food yet there are many distinct differences, the food of the region is so fresh, easily prepared and tasty. Ok you’r making me hungry. 😀

    Ben Hoffman

  20. Jack says:

    You better have had a beer with that, otherwise it’s an insult to chicken wings everywhere!

  21. Geiger says:

    John, being from Buffalo, NY I would like to say that although your wings may be very good they are not the best. http://www.buffalowing.com/


    1. derrich says:

      Holy crap! That’s like heaven for me. I’m all over it.

  22. Gregg says:

    Now you post this… after parking at the library, my Dad and I were trying to find a good place to eat before the hockey game Wednesday night!

  23. Bob says:

    Great,you made me realize how hungry I am 😀

  24. Joshua says:

    My gf and I just got back from Phnom Penh and we tried the wings. Great stuff! Pretty unique sauce and nice crisping they do…other food was good too, forget the names though. Some beef on rice dish, with super tender beef that melts in your mouth!

  25. Paul says:

    Maybe I should pop by Cambodia someday too! The Rice Noodle look really tempting, with a good mix of many, many ingredients. 😆

  26. Mmm, that food looks real tasty 🙂

  27. Jeff says:

    and I’m stuck in residence eating terrible cafeteria food, some day!!! 👿 lol

    Jeff – http://wallpapers.jeffreymunro.com

  28. AgnesW says:

    The chicken wings look so so so delicious… I like chicken wing so much~~~ 😳

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