Battambang is a Cambodian restaurant on the corner of Broadway and 9th. My bf, whose family is from Cambodia, introduced me to this place a few years ago and I've been enjoying Cambodian food every since. I know it's sometimes intimidating to try new foods, so I decided to share some of my favorite dishes.
We went with a group of 7 on Friday night, 5 of whom had never tried Cambodian food. They ended up loving it! That night we had:
#21 Plair Sach Ko: "Sliced beef, cabbage, carrot, onion, green bean, bell pepper, lemon grass, spices, fresh mints, lime juice, and a touch of ground peanuts" Imagine a coleslaw with a lime dressing and beef. Quite yummy but I prefer the chicken version.
#27 Luk Luck: This is a dish that I've seen at Vietnamese restaurants as well. Beef cubes served on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, and onions with a black pepper and lime sauce. Very simple but addictive.
#36 Samlaw Machou Kroeurng: Chinese watercress in a tom yum like soup. We had it with chicken but there's a choice of beef or fish.
#46 Kari Sach Tair: Duck curry with potatoes and carrots. The curry isn't spicy but slightly sweet and savory at the same time. Very much comfort food when spooned over rice.
#66 Trob Trung Kor: Baked eggplant stuffed with diced prawns and ground pork. I don't like eggplant so I didn't try this one. Everyone else polished it off though!
#70 Battambang's Noodels: This was essentially pad thai with some slight differences. The noodles were much thinner and the sauce was more abundant, making it a "wetter" dish. I liked this and found it better than many places' pad thai.
#97 Crispy Fried Pompano: The fish was topped with bell peppers, onions, etc. in a red "spicy house sauce." Not very spicy but again, a slightly sweet taste.
We finished off with fried bananas and ice cream.
Some other favorite dishes are their kebabs and #50 a stir fry with vegetables and choice of meat. My favorite, and my idea of a perfect meal, is on the lunch menu only. #16 Mee Katang Sach Ko Katna is beef and Chinese broccoli chow fun in a brown gravy with bits of egg. So simple yet so delicious. They're generous with the beef and Chinese broccoli, and the noodles are uniformly soft without sticking together. 3 of the major food groups on one plate - what more can you ask for?
There was a Chowhound dinner a year ago, and the thread is linked below. The place was busy on Friday night but is usually rather quiet. I'd love to see them do well.
850 Broadway Street
Oakland, CA 94606