Did you know that Phnom Penh does take out?! You know what that means? That means that when you’re dropping by Chinatown, or just in the area but need to rush out, there’s no need to skimp on your craving for Phnom Phenh’s famous chicken wings! These wings live up to their name as the “crack wings”. They are deliciously crispy and so so flavourful, you almost need to question, “what did they put in these?” I got the full order of wings that day (they come in full and half orders). I wouldn’t say there is much difference in ordering these as take out or dining in, except that they won’t cover them in chopped cilanto. I appreciated that they lined the take out box in tin foil to keep them warm, that was as nice touch. They also do give you a little container of the pepper lime sauce, that I love all so much.
The takeout experience wasn’t the best that day though. Now Phnom Penh is extremely busy in the evenings and dinner time, but I was there in the afternoon just after lunch. I called before hand to check if they did take out and made my order for the wings. They told me it would take about 20 minutes. The restaurant was only 1/3 full at this time, yet my order was not yet completed when I arrived and they told me to take a seat and wait. I could see orders of food go past me from the kitchen, but it wasn’t for another 20 minutes before my order was ready! I can’t imagine how long it would take if it was actually busy. This was a let down for me.
New Town Bakery Apple Tart
Because I was in the area, I made a quick stop at New Town Bakery in Chinatown for some steam buns. They recently just moved to a new location just a few shops down from their previous one. The place is quite clean now and definitely is a huge improvement from before. It’s probably a sign of them doing pretty well! Now everyone knows about their famous steam buns, which are known to be the best in Vancouver, but an unlikely side kick also has some spotlight: the apple tart. I don’t think people would go to an Asian bakery to just buy an apple tart, and the usual Asian customers that come in probably wouldn’t think of buying them either. However, these tarts are possibly the best apple tarts I’ve ever had. They are quite small but are super punchy in taste. The pastry is topped with melted sugar, giving the tart a nice crisp along with the flaky shell. The filling tastes fresh and was nice and hot when I ordered it. Overall, it wasn’t too sweet, which is something I like about Asian pastries. I highly recommend grabbing a few of these next time you visit New Town Bakery. It’s definitely going to be a must for me every time I visit now.
Like most Asian bakeries, New Town offers all their baked goods at 50% off after 6pm. I haven’t ever tried going there at that hour, so I’m not too sure what would actually be left. But if you can, that would be SUCH a bargain.
Overall:Phnom Penh has some REALLY good wings. I've yet to hear from anyone that has tried these that don't absolutely LOVE them. With coined names like "the crack wings", there's no doubt these things are addictive. You'll find yourself craving them in the odd hours, and at the mention of them your mouth will water. The take out experience was extremely slow that day, and really ruined the experience for me. But I'd give it another chance. The wings are worth the trouble.
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