A glimpse and taste of Angkor
A glimpse and taste of
Angkor Encore Restaurant in downtown HCM City
The first sight one gets
when arriving at Angkor Encore is a king size enlargement of a black and white
photo of Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia, with Buddha staring all around in four
different directions, hung over the impressive bamboo gate. So, if first
impressions count, then this restaurant gets of to a great start.
The bistro serves a
wide variety of Cambodian specialties, and so is a fine place for diners who
want to experience a bit of something different and get a quick taste for the
food and culture of the neighboring country.
Daniel Hung, the
restaurant�s owner, a French-Vietnamese who spent some 13 years in Cambodia,
told that when he came back to Vietnam from France in 1993 he realized the
potential of opening a gastronomic paradise.
With the help, support and knowledge of his father, he decided that opening a
Cambodian restaurant would be a great opportunity and adventure.
So, when crossing
through the narrow entrance yard that leads into the eatery, one is immediately
struck by the beautiful roof, which with the beams in the shape of hands clapped
together immediately launches diners into the lost world of the Cambodian empire
of long ago. The cozy room is filled with a warm yellow glow and decorated with
bamboo that covers the walls. Ethnic Khmer jars and splendid Apsara statues and
such like tribal claptrap is spread around the place. Diners can also look at
the rustic fishing and that farming antiques whilst sitting on bamboo chairs
surrounded by dried water hyacinth ropes when ordering from the bamboo menu!
Prahok sauce is an
indispensable ingredient in Angkor Encore�s dishes and is produced from river
fish which diners can enjoy with traditional fish soup, beef, chicken or fish
dishes, served with delicious side dishes of Amok steamed coconut fish, Quinina
leaf salad and Nam Chooc noodles, to name but a few.
Angkor Encore�s dishes attract a wide selection of expatriates and tourists
eager for a quick and easy nibble of ancient Cambodiana, including the regular
gastronomic garcon Xavier Vuillermet, Attach� of the French Consulate in HCM
City, who says that the Cambodian dishes at Angkor Encore are as good as any
Asian food he has had, adding that the many different flavors make the food
stand out from others.
Furthermore, he said that he is also a huge fan of the spectacular architecture
that helps make him feel that he is on holiday, long ago in the ancient Khmer
restaurant serves some 40 Cambodian traditional dishes. However, in order to
cater to a wide range of different tastes and some tourists� fussy dietary
habits, the restaurant also serves some Western standards and Asian dishes,
including an extensive vegetarian and children�s menu.
It is also perhaps a
pity to leave the restaurant without trying some of the special wine, called
Ruou Thot Not, which is a mixture of pungent ginger, sweet palm tree sap and
acrid pineapple juice. Although be warned that traditional Cambodian alcohol is
as potent as Russian Vodka, so very few people are brave enough to drink a whole
The word �Encore� is
French and simply means �again� or �one more time� which is appropriate since
the owner sincerely hopes that diners will enjoy their Khmer gastronomic gobble
and will come back again and again.
falls during April when the restaurant often invites fantastic
traditional Cambodian art groups to perform and so which is the busiest time of
year at the at Angkor Encore, so it is highly recommended to book ahead for a
memorable corporate function or private party in anticipation.
Encore Plus Khmer Restaurant is at 28 Ngo Van Nam Street, Dist. 1, HCM City.
Tel: (08) 829 8814.