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Cathy Chaplin

12 Destinations for Impeccable Cambodian Cooking in Long Beach

Where to find fish amok, barbecued skewers, pork noodle soup, and more excellent Khmer cooking

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Phnom Penh noodles at Phnom Penh Noodle Shack
| Cathy Chaplin

Cambodian refugees began settling in Long Beach 40 years ago after the Khmer Rouge regime killed millions and decimated a culture in the name of communism. Those who fled and settled in Long Beach did their best to rebuild and today, the city is home to the largest population of Cambodians anywhere in the United States with a thriving community of restaurants (all within ideal pre-flight proximity of Long Beach Airport). From fish amok to barbecued skewers and pork noodle soup, here are 12 destinations for excellent Khmer cooking in Long Beach.

A number of LA restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.


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1. Kim Sun Kitchen

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5449 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90805
(562) 428-0337

Since opening its doors in 1996, Kim Sun Kitchen’s been serving carefully made bowls of Cambodian beef stew brimming with tendon, tripe, and rice noodles. Rounding out the menu are pan-fried noodles, porridge, and grilled lemongrass beef skewers. Open for takeout and delivery.

2. Naga Cafe Khmer Street Food

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3225 E Pacific Coast Hwy unit a
Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 248-2550

Opened last summer, Naga Cafe Khmer Street Food serves fast-casual Cambodian cooking. The menu is easy to navigate at this order-at-the-counter establishment. Choose from noodle soups, sandwiches, rice plates, or porridge. There’s also good coffee to wash everything down.

3. Cambodian Town Food and Music

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3240 Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 494-1763

Previously known as Sophy’s, Cambodian Town Food and Music on the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the area’s most successful and beloved Khmer restaurants. Here, owner Sophy Khut prepares her famous beef jerky, tubular hunks of flank steak that’s oven-dried and deep-fried. The vinegar and garlic dressing served on the side really makes the flavors sing. 

4. Little La Lune Cuisine

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2054 CA-1
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 856-5800
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A direct descendent of the now-closed La Lune Restaurant, Little La Lune Cuisine opened in 2011 on a stretch of Highway 1. The restaurant proudly makes sweet and savory cha quai (Chinese doughnuts) in-house, so be sure to include an order with any noodle soup or porridge. Open for takeout and delivery.

5. Phnom Penh Noodle Shack

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1644 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 433-0032
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The Tan family has been dishing up Cambodian-style noodles, porridge, and fried breads here since 1985. The Phnom Penh noodles are a must-order for first-timers and regulars alike. Each bowl is layered with springy rice noodles, tail-on shrimp, porky odds and ends, fried garlic, and fresh cilantro, and can be served ladled with scalding-hot soup or “dry” with a bowl of broth on the side. Three different varieties of fried breads — cha quai, knom hing (sesame-studded doughnut), and knom sakieu (meat-stuffed pocket) — are available for dipping. Open for takeout and delivery.

6. Cyclo Noodles

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4754 Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 494-1230
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Cyclo Noodles serves up huge bowls of Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Thai noodle soups, along with stir-fried dishes and appetizers. Hone in on the Khmer chicken curry vermicelli noodles with fresh cucumber and mint. Open for dine-in and takeout.

7. Monorom Restaurant - Udom Khmer

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1223 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 434-1919
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The classic Khmer cooking at Cambodia Town stalwart Monorom is as good as ever. Settle into samlors (communal hot pots), roasted meats, and specialties like the prahok ktis, a ground-pork curry made with coconut milk. Spoon it over steamed rice or even better, dip the snappy vegetables served alongside for a wonderful cool-hot contrast. Open for dine-in, delivery, and takeout.

8. Hak Heang Restaurant

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2041 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 434-0296

Established in 1988, this 300-seat restaurant played host to wedding celebrations and live music in the Before Times. These days, it’s open for outdoor dining and takeout daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come in for classic Phnom Penh noodles and the beef lok lak, sauteed with cucumber, tomatoes, black pepper, and soy sauce.

9. Pho Hong Phat

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3243 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 498-3754

This Cambodian-owned Vietnamese restaurant in the Zaferia district is a local favorite. In addition to pho, the menu includes Cambodian comforts like banh sung (vermicelli noodles with pork belly). Don’t forget to add egg rolls. Open for takeout.

10. A&J Seafood Shack

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3201 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 386-2000
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There’s much to love at A&J Seafood Shack. The surf side of the menu is spectacular, with fresh lobsters hacked and stir-fried with aromatics, along with garlic shrimp that rivals the trucks on Oahu’s North Shore. Don’t overlook the turf side of the menu — the grilled beef baguette sandwiches are fantastic, while the Khmer sausages served over steamed white rice is worthy of obsession.

11. Original Kompongtram Noodle

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2232 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 433-9964

Come into the Original Kompongtram Noodle for supremely satisfying noodle-slurping. The house-special noodle soup comes with plenty of porky bits including stomach, liver, and heart, in addition to shrimp, squid, and choice of rice or egg noodles. Open for takeout and delivery.

12. Crystal Thai-Cambodian Cuisine

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1165 E 10th St
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 591-7636

Locals flock to Crystal Thai for pitch-perfect Cambodian cooking. Most everyone orders the beef skewers, papaya salad, prahok, and cha kroeung (an herb and aromatic paste used in stir-fries). Save room for the house-made desserts like sticky rice with plantains. Open for takeout and delivery.

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1. Kim Sun Kitchen

5449 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805

Since opening its doors in 1996, Kim Sun Kitchen’s been serving carefully made bowls of Cambodian beef stew brimming with tendon, tripe, and rice noodles. Rounding out the menu are pan-fried noodles, porridge, and grilled lemongrass beef skewers. Open for takeout and delivery.

5449 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90805

2. Naga Cafe Khmer Street Food

3225 E Pacific Coast Hwy unit a, Signal Hill, CA 90755

Opened last summer, Naga Cafe Khmer Street Food serves fast-casual Cambodian cooking. The menu is easy to navigate at this order-at-the-counter establishment. Choose from noodle soups, sandwiches, rice plates, or porridge. There’s also good coffee to wash everything down.

3225 E Pacific Coast Hwy unit a
Signal Hill, CA 90755

3. Cambodian Town Food and Music

3240 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804

Previously known as Sophy’s, Cambodian Town Food and Music on the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the area’s most successful and beloved Khmer restaurants. Here, owner Sophy Khut prepares her famous beef jerky, tubular hunks of flank steak that’s oven-dried and deep-fried. The vinegar and garlic dressing served on the side really makes the flavors sing. 

3240 Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90804

4. Little La Lune Cuisine

2054 CA-1, Long Beach, CA 90804

A direct descendent of the now-closed La Lune Restaurant, Little La Lune Cuisine opened in 2011 on a stretch of Highway 1. The restaurant proudly makes sweet and savory cha quai (Chinese doughnuts) in-house, so be sure to include an order with any noodle soup or porridge. Open for takeout and delivery.

2054 CA-1
Long Beach, CA 90804

5. Phnom Penh Noodle Shack

1644 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

The Tan family has been dishing up Cambodian-style noodles, porridge, and fried breads here since 1985. The Phnom Penh noodles are a must-order for first-timers and regulars alike. Each bowl is layered with springy rice noodles, tail-on shrimp, porky odds and ends, fried garlic, and fresh cilantro, and can be served ladled with scalding-hot soup or “dry” with a bowl of broth on the side. Three different varieties of fried breads — cha quai, knom hing (sesame-studded doughnut), and knom sakieu (meat-stuffed pocket) — are available for dipping. Open for takeout and delivery.

1644 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

6. Cyclo Noodles

4754 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804

Cyclo Noodles serves up huge bowls of Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Thai noodle soups, along with stir-fried dishes and appetizers. Hone in on the Khmer chicken curry vermicelli noodles with fresh cucumber and mint. Open for dine-in and takeout.

4754 Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90804

7. Monorom Restaurant - Udom Khmer

1223 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813

The classic Khmer cooking at Cambodia Town stalwart Monorom is as good as ever. Settle into samlors (communal hot pots), roasted meats, and specialties like the prahok ktis, a ground-pork curry made with coconut milk. Spoon it over steamed rice or even better, dip the snappy vegetables served alongside for a wonderful cool-hot contrast. Open for dine-in, delivery, and takeout.

1223 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90813

8. Hak Heang Restaurant

2041 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804

Established in 1988, this 300-seat restaurant played host to wedding celebrations and live music in the Before Times. These days, it’s open for outdoor dining and takeout daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come in for classic Phnom Penh noodles and the beef lok lak, sauteed with cucumber, tomatoes, black pepper, and soy sauce.

2041 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804

9. Pho Hong Phat

3243 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804

This Cambodian-owned Vietnamese restaurant in the Zaferia district is a local favorite. In addition to pho, the menu includes Cambodian comforts like banh sung (vermicelli noodles with pork belly). Don’t forget to add egg rolls. Open for takeout.

3243 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804

10. A&J Seafood Shack

3201 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804

There’s much to love at A&J Seafood Shack. The surf side of the menu is spectacular, with fresh lobsters hacked and stir-fried with aromatics, along with garlic shrimp that rivals the trucks on Oahu’s North Shore. Don’t overlook the turf side of the menu — the grilled beef baguette sandwiches are fantastic, while the Khmer sausages served over steamed white rice is worthy of obsession.

3201 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804

11. Original Kompongtram Noodle

2232 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804

Come into the Original Kompongtram Noodle for supremely satisfying noodle-slurping. The house-special noodle soup comes with plenty of porky bits including stomach, liver, and heart, in addition to shrimp, squid, and choice of rice or egg noodles. Open for takeout and delivery.

2232 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804

12. Crystal Thai-Cambodian Cuisine

1165 E 10th St, Long Beach, CA 90813

Locals flock to Crystal Thai for pitch-perfect Cambodian cooking. Most everyone orders the beef skewers, papaya salad, prahok, and cha kroeung (an herb and aromatic paste used in stir-fries). Save room for the house-made desserts like sticky rice with plantains. Open for takeout and delivery.

1165 E 10th St
Long Beach, CA 90813

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