Global Grubbing: Cambodia

We journeyed to Southeast Asia to tempt our taste buds at Woody’s Wings and Things in Westminster, CO. Yes, you heard that right.

ethnic food, dining, Denver
Global Grubbing at Woody’s Wings and Things
  • Why yes, this place does serve chicken wings and onion wings.
  • Yes, it’s an obscure location in a northern Denver suburb strip mall.
  • Yes, the sign from the street boasts “wings and things” and “Chinese” food.
  • But this place is so much more than a wing restaurant and Chinese grub.

The group of us convened in the front table, big enough to seat 10. Other tables were of that same size—with the ability to easily accommodate large groups. A rather different table arrangement than usual, yet as the night went on, we found that large families of that size started tumbling in after 7pm—oh so eager to grab those dining spots.

And, we all know that the best ethnic restaurants are the ones where you see people of that ethnicity their dining. While we were enjoying our meal… we couldn’t help but notice we were the only table of Caucasians. Jackpot!

Hennedy, the owner's son, spent the evening hanging with our group.
Hennedy, the owner’s son, spent the evening hanging with our group.

Like I’ve stated, you could have ordered wings or some other American fare, but the owner of this little gem is in fact Cambodian. We were sure to only order the menu items that were true Cambodian dishes.

Meanwhile, our guest, Erin Daly, shared of her two-year journey in Cambodia while she served as a PeaceCorps healthcare volunteer. She shared her tales of living above a cow, eating on the floor, and the overwhelming smell of homemade fish sauce that fermented in their mortars.

It was a delightful time and all of the guests at our global table that night had been to some part of Southeast Asia, so the foods, the smells, and even the people brought back fond memories for us all to relish in.

Now onto the dishes!

Beef Satay
Beef Satay appetizer served with a delightful little salad of green papaya and carrot.

 

Stir fried water spinach and "Dragooun " a 3-layered pork tastes like bacon!
Stir fried water spinach and “Dragooun ” a 3-layered pork that tastes like bacon! The greens on this dish were doused in a garlicy sauce that was unbelievably tasty.

 

On the left, Khmer curry. On the right, the crowd favorite, Ma Joo Krueng or "sour " "lemongrass paste " curry soup with beef.
On the left, Khmer curry. On the right, the crowd favorite, Ma Joo Krueng or “sour ” “lemongrass paste ” curry soup with beef.

The Khmer curry, is named Khmer, being the people from Cambodia. This is one of the most popular dishes in Cambodia. It’s a soupy curry that’s more aromatic and less spicy than curries found in other parts of Southeast Asia. It uses a substantial amount of fresh ginger and lemongrass for flavor and fragrance. You can serve it over rice or noodles. If you use noodles, then add mixed greens and cucumber.

My plate... in the small bowl, you can see the Ma Joo Krueng soup over noodles and topped with a bit of cucumber.
My plate… in the small bowl, you can see the Ma Joo Krueng soup over noodles and topped with a bit of cucumber.

 

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Another shot of the group, with Hennedy!

 

Have you been to Cambodia or Southeast Asia? If so, what’s your favorite dish from that region? Is there anything pictured here that you’d love to try? I’d love to hear.

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