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Cambodian food in Long Beach - followup

Will Owen | Feb 27, 200612:04 AM

Mme. Chauve-Souris, to whom I am rather firmly wedded, asked here recently for guidance to some good Cambodian food in the Long Beach area, and several Hounds submitted useful recommendations. Ignoring those, we and a LB friend went to Hak Haeng anyway, mostly because the one place that was most highly recommended came with live music on weekends, to which we are emphatically averse. So what should greet us upon entry into Hak Haeng's precincts but a Cambodian kid in white sportcoat warbling...something!...up on the stage, greatly amplified. We came on in anyway, what the hell, and ten minutes later (this was at 2 pm) the kid left and they turned off the stage lights. Word to the wise: eat late.

Following again the recs of the respondent Hounds, we asked for the sour fresh-fish soup and the beef dish whose name I do not remember, but it's an awful lot like the equally wonderful "French style" beef at Newport Seafood in Alhambra. We also got a dish of roast duck, plus an order of steamed rice and some tea. Perhaps because we were the only non-Asians in the place, we were waited on by what appeared to be a senior employee, who took pains to explain the various sauces accompanying the dishes. Much of it was new and different, all of it was very good, and we stuffed ourselves silly for something less than $10 apiece before tax and tip, proving that this kind of ridiculous bargain is not confined to the San Gabriel Valley.

2041 E. Anaheim, I think. On a corner, north side of the street. They have parking in front and back, but on weekends it's a zoo. We just parked a block away on a side street. After all that food you need a walk...

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