Restaurants & Bars 4

Surviving Tepthida Khmer

greygarious | May 14, 200801:33 PM

I tried this Lowell restaurant for a late Saturday lunch a few weeks ago, and am happy that "late" doesn't describe ME! There were no other customers, and the servers were very pleasant. I explained that I hadn't had Cambodian food before and asked for recommendations. They cautiously steered me toward dishes that are variations on Thai dishes I'm familiar with. But I decided on a "traditional" mushroom dish. What arrived was very different from what I'd envisioned, especially the raw eggplant accompanying the raw cabbage and cuke on the platter. The menu described the dish as containing ephantium seed. Never heard of 'em, and subsequent googling yielded only this menu. They were crunchy, so I chewed carefully, concerned about dental fillings and a case of diverticulitis a few years ago. The mushrooms were shredded, so the dish looked rather like seedy guacamole. I kept coming upon what seemed to be tiny bone chips, shards about the size of a cooked orzo. I decided to eat the rice and left half the mushroom mush. When I pointed out the pointy bits to the waiter, he cheerfully explained that they were bits of ephantium shell. His attitude seemed to be "included at no extra charge!". Not sure if I'd swallowed any, I stopped for a donut en route home, in hopes of cushioning anything dangerous, breathing a sigh of relief when 24 hours passed uneventfully.

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