Lunch at Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is a Southeast Asian restaurant located in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. The restaurant has won numerous awards and is a favorite among locals and tourists looking for a true taste of Southeast Asia.

Phnom Penh is known for several signature dishes. Among them are spicy garlic squid and deep-fried chicken wings. Lightly battered, theyโ€™re cooked to a perfect crisp and served with tangy lime-pepper dipping sauce. Then there is the marinated butter beef. A dish that may scare off the less daring because it looks like a plate of raw meat. However, once they bite into it, they’ll be hooked for life.

The best feature about Phnom Penh is the price – it’s extremely reasonable. Our lunch for six came in at only $66 including tax and tip. The place is extremely busy during lunch and dinner time. Get there early if you want to avoid waiting.

Phnom Penh – 244 E. Georgia St. Vancouver 604-682-5777

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65 thoughts on “Lunch at Phnom Penh”

  1. Mmmm, Sally has some good taste, lol! Yet again, you’ve convinced me to go get some food. You’re making me fat John…will have to spend more time in the gym, but that was your last post….

    1. I thought you were in Vegas for CES, John?

      1. John Chow says:

        Vegas and Vancouver is only a bit over 2 hours away from each other by plane. Come on now, you need to get on the Dot Com Lifestyle! ๐Ÿ˜›

        1. I’m impressed that Sally is eating with chop sticks at such a young age!!!

          Gotta get the kids on the sticks early lol

          I personally love using chopsticks

          Once I got takeout sushi, and I was craving it so much that I ate it in the car on the way home, USING CHOP STICKS!!!

          Keep in mind, my car is stick, and 400 HP lol

        2. jtGraphic says:

          Hey John,
          Curious where I should go eat in Vegas?

          1. John Chow says:

            Depends on the type of food you’re looking for. Vegas has some really great restaurants.

          2. Carl Nelson says:

            Anywhere but buffets. Despite what people say, they are no good.

          3. I could definitely see that being a possibility lol

        3. Ben Pei says:

          I will! but plane flight is about 24 hours =)

        4. I always forget how close they are to each other by plane.

  2. greg godden says:

    This is one of the places I have missed more than any other since moving to Montreal. They definitely have the best chicken wings in the city and you get a boat load of them for a wicked price.

    There butter beef is amazing too. One of the best parts of ordering it is the reaction people that haven’t been there or heard of butter beef before.

    1. Yeah, this place definitely looks like one of the “must eat” places to go if I were ever in the area.

      Yet another appetizing post at! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. moulinneuf says:

      Restaurant Phnom Penh

      7153 chemin de la cote-des-Neiges
      Montrรฉal, QC H3R 2M2, Canada
      (514) 739-8214

      Never been so , Not sure if it’s the same offers …

  3. VeRonda says:

    Okay, I was going to comment on the post, then I saw the pic… Priceless!

  4. Upstarty says:

    If it’s Sally Chow approved its gotta be good.

    btw: John, have you ever thought about starting a separate blog for your dining adventures? I’m sure that would be a whole new niche you could monetize.

  5. GP says:

    Mmmm….the food looks good to me. Dang, now I am getting hungry.

  6. game-girl says:

    So am I, it is just the time to pepare something to eat. May be fried chicken wings or ox tail soup.

  7. Ruben Ricart says:

    Hey John! another great post and I have a question, if its too personal to answer I totally I understand but are restaurants paying you to advertise for them – I would assume that based on your position and traffic stats they will benefit from your post…I can read between the lines and seems like sponsored reviews…..great topic John! brought up some great ideas!

    1. John Chow says:

      No, the restaurants do not pay me to post about them. All sponsored posts are clearly marked as such, like the post for the Coke Zero Dance Hero.

      1. @Ruben – He needs something to talk about while he is on the move ๐Ÿ˜› So he makes a video whenever he is having something good to make us jealous lol Din’t you see him throw his credit card on the bill?

      2. Thats nice of you to promote them for free – I’m sure it must help them out to have some free promos!!

      3. I can only imagine the number of people they’ll get to their restaurant now that you’ve mentioned them.

    2. Harry Tran says:

      I can’t imagine his status/position as a dot com mogul would matter much to these local establishments, John’s fanbase has to extend from United States to Canada, from New York to California, unless these restaurants are trying to get traveling tourist who happen to go to John’s site for restaurant reviews I don’t think they have much to gain in terms of traffic for themselves.

      The locals would have either been there before or find focused reviews on sites such as Yelp.

  8. Barock says:

    hi john, it seems you like spicy food, have try one of indonesian food called “nasi padang” evenless “rendang” i think you’ll like it if you try.

    1. Harry Tran says:

      If you like Thai food, and are ever back in the Seattle, Puget Sound area than Ying Thai Kitchen has awesome food, they’re located in the Queen Anne district. You can probably look the address up on Google somewhere or you can email me for the address the next time you come down, hopefully it won’t be when it is snowing though.

  9. Mm.. That looks like some good lunch.. John, now you need to work harder to beat Shoe in the weight losing challenge.. ๐Ÿ˜› Shoe must be on veggies now =)

    1. Ben Pei says:

      Shoe has a big tummy.. what about john?

  10. Sally is growing up fast. Look at her eat with those chopsticks! I sometimes wonder if my daughter will ever master the spoon but she is only 18 months old.

  11. You go John! You tell those gall stones who’s boss!

  12. Harry Tran says:

    With Sushi Land and now Phnom Penh, do you have a Yelp account too John to post your reviews?

    Or is it more effective to get your message across using your own site?

  13. vutha says:

    When i read your blog post entitled “Phnom Penh”. it is the name of capital of my Country- Cambodia. Maybe the restaurant’s owner is Cambodian people, right?

    1. Carl Nelson says:

      Yes, they serve Cambodian and Vietnamese food. It’s pretty famous for its authenticity, but I find the prices to be quite high compared to the plentiful amount of Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver

      1. Phy says:

        This post is to me informative. Hope I can get there some time in my life.

      2. How does Cambodian food taste?

  14. Great! I thought you were in Phnom Penh. It is a beautiful country but poor. I have been twice in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. You should be there once as Angkor Watt is wonderful.

    1. K.criss says:


      Can I add you as my friend.

  15. Sally looks so cute! She’s definitely going to grow up to be just like daddy with her own twitter and iphone and blog. She’ll be starting her own pho series soon too!

  16. Mmmmโ€ฆ.the food looks good to me.

  17. J.D. Meier says:

    I gotta be careful when I view your blog. It always makes me hungry.

  18. Pheak Tol says:

    Phnom Penh capital of cambodia, im surprised the check was written in chinese (looks chinese) and not in cambodian. $66 is a hell of a deal for 6 people though. would like to try it sometime if im ever in that area

  19. Pete says:

    From the title I thought you went to Cambodia for lunch, and was getting a bit jealous from the income of this site ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. He could probably very well afford to do that. =)

  20. John your a big fan of Asian food?

  21. Eric Hamm says:

    Sally’s got the right idea…hand the bill off to mommy and daddy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m seriously glad it’s almost lunch time because I’m already salivating for something good. Thanks for the insight into your time with the family. Eric.

  22. virtual-pet says:

    Spicy food is surely the best!

  23. Nasir says:

    yummiiii!!!!! its making me hungry right now….lol

  24. game-girl says:

    Spicy food arouses appetite!!!

  25. Joshua says:

    Phnom Penh…oh how I miss it.

  26. The perfect Daddy’s girl! Handing the bill to mommy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. uwak says:

    great taste john…….. little country in asia

  28. John Mayor says:

    excotic asia, like it !

  29. Ben Pei says:

    Sally is the next big mascot for your blog john..

  30. wao, that’s a good meal! I’m hungry now..=.=”

  31. SEO Tips says:

    That looks incredibly tasty and Sally looks like she is enjoying her self ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. game-girl says:

    You seem to have a good time and enjoy your life.

    1. And that’s the way it should be.

  33. Timon Weller says:

    Have you been to the real Phnom Phen in Cambodia, John..? I was there recently, there are so many good places to eat in South East Asia..

  34. The food looks good. And I love that Sally can eat with chopsticks. Awesome.

  35. yanjiaren says:

    I should have come to Vancouver instead of Toronto lol. It’s too friggin’ freezing here to go anywhere lol. BON APPETITE.

  36. K.criss says:

    Thanks for your information .

    I like to request you to answer my question why do we get money by making a blog and from whom we get money .

  37. Whenever I saw your post regarding food I do expect that you will add some good photos which can bring water to my mouth. But in this post no photos … what was the matter … ?

  38. BusinessX says:

    On the signature items, buttered beef I will have to pass or just sample. But the chicken wings made me hungry 2,000 miles away.

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