If you find yourself in South Side and are looking for dinner, or a late night snack, or a late late night snack, a visit to Cambod-Ican Kitchen may be for you. This particular spot serves staples from Cambodia from 6pm until 3 or 4 am!
So if you are in the mood for a different kind of Asian fare, you may want to try this one out!
During my first visit I opted for a Cambodian classic which hit the spot!
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Go for the Cambodian Staples at Cambod-Ican Kitchen
Some of the menu at Cambod-ican Kitchen reads like what you'd expect a Vietnamese or Thai restaurant to have with options like spring rolls, stir-fried rice, and noodles gracing the menu. This is not surprising, because a number of dishes available in the country are quite similar to its neighboring countries (to the east and west, respectively).
The spot has a few standouts that are Cambodian staples, and are what I had my heart set on when visiting.
I first ordered the Kuyteav, which is described as being similar to a pho with rice noodles, bean sprouts, and meat, but was sadly told they were out of the noodles even though I had just arrived just a few minutes after open.
Instead, I was directed to the Caw Goh, a similar dish that uses lo-mein noodles instead of rice noodles, and includes beef, carrots, and potatoes in a sweet and spicy curry broth.
I was worried this would be more like a hearty stew, but was pleasantly surprised as the broth was indeed quite sweet with only a mild spice kick that complimented the beef and potatoes quite well.
Even better? The monster portion was just $12- making for a cost-effective order that I can appreciate, even if the dish is just a bit basic overall.
As a side, I opted for their “world famous shish kabob” which is two monster skewers of meat, in my case chicken, with a delicious glaze for just about $5. Definitely was overkill for my solo meal, but I'm glad I ordered it all the same and would return just to get this one again- especially as a late-night snack.
While many of the other menu items at Cambod-Ican did not strike my interest, I would definitely return to this one for their Cambodian staples (including the Kuyteav I missed out on this time) and being able to dine late night after drinking in South Side.
Cambod-Ican Kitchen is located at 1701 E Carson Street in South Side. When visiting, it is worth keeping in mind that this one is open only for dinner and late night eats (6pm to as late as 3:30 or 4:30am- but note that after 10pm may be a limited menu). The spot is also cash only but has an ATM on-site.