Ever since Siem Reap shuttered I’ve been trying to find a good replacement spot. What I liked: breadth of menu containing many “deeper” items of Khmer cuisine scattered throughout. Minimal use of sugar. Earthy and funky flavors like anchovy and bitter sdao. Fish curry served out of a young coconut. Fried intestines and other delicacies.
What I’ve not liked: tried Monorom, and found it was way too sweet. Some flavors were good, others fell flat, and afterwards a couple people didn’t feel so hot.
Looking for recommendations, and I do know the Cambodian community is concentrated in/around Long Beach.
Really want to emphasize a preference towards low sugar; when I first ate at Siem Reap I had a bit of a moment where I was like “this is like the best parts of Thai food without all the sugar!” The sweetness is the one thing that keeps me from eating Thai food all the damn time, and I really took a liking to Khmer food.