Cambod-Ican Kitchen Review – Go for the Cambodian Staples

Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on April 26, 2019.

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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!

Go for the Cambodian Staples at Cambod-Ican Kitchen

Cambodican 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.

Caw Goh at Cambod-Ican Kitchen

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.

Shish Kabob at Cambodican

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.

Looking for more delicious Asian fare in Pittsburgh? Check out Teppanyaki Kyoto (Japanese), Golden Pig (Korean), Noodlehead (Thai), or Ineffable Ca Phe (Vietnamese)!

2 thoughts on “Cambod-Ican Kitchen Review – Go for the Cambodian Staples”

  1. You missed out on their best item!!!

    The Seafood Wontons with dragon spice and Moon sauce!

    Granted every time I have had It I was very intoxicated……. but I usually decide to drink in Southside If I want to get Wontons that Night or not.

  2. Well, let me tell you ALL about PITTSBURGH’S BEST KEPT SECRET ! This is it Cambod-Ican Kitchen. Only the people who are in the know, know about this place. In the south side on the corner of West Carson St. & 17th Street. Family owned and run. Everything is made fresh. I am not going to rant and rave about the food look at the other reviews. But what I must say is this place is kewl ! Everyone treats everyone like family ! ! The owners and staff even other customers. Come try the food whether you sit down or take out. You can not go wrong if you love real food. And was VOTED PITTSBUGH’S BEST RESTAURANT 2017


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