This Cambodian restaurant is on the corner of a busy intersection where School street meets Liberty street. It is literally 2 minutes
from our house and it's our "go to" restaurant for Cambodian cuisine. Most of the younger crowd prefer Simply Khmer
or Red Rose
but we have been going to Heng Lay
Heng Lay has
about 10 tables including 2 large round ones in the center of the restaurant for large groups. Similar to any other Cambodian restaurant in town, there is a TV that broadcasts Cambodian news or features the latest in Cambodian karaoke music.
The family that runs the restaurant are extremely nice and always chatting with us and asking about our latest vacation or playfully gives us a hard time for not seeing us in a while. Once seated, complimentary Jasmine tea is served.
|Heng Lay's Jasmine Tea|
We've pretty much eaten everything off the menu. Within our group of friends, we all agree that Heng Lay makes the best Yow Hon Hot Pot sauce among all Cambodian restaurants in Lowell. The broth has the right consistency and is sweet and sour, just the way we like it. It's not uncommon that we would order just the broth to eat the rich Cambodian broth at home. We like to order a side of their fried bean curd (which is not traditionally eaten with it)
When I am missing my mom's cooking, I like to get stir fried morning glory with pork belly or "Cha Kroeung Sach Ko" stir fried beef with vegetables in Cambodian curry paste. Yes I know how to make the dishes, but sometimes it's just more convenient to shell out the $8.00 and not have to worry about picking up the ingredients, cooking and cleaning.
|Pork belly and morning glory salted soy bean stir fry|
I was recently introduced to their famous Trey Prama dish by my friends. The traditional way of cooking the dish is to steam the fish with eggs and spices. The fish smell usually gets to me and turns me away from the dish. At Heng Lay, the dish is actually fried to a crisp perfection. It's my new favorite dish! Salty and savory at the same time. The dish is served with an assortment of vegetables: cucumber, steamed broccoli, cabbage, Thai eggplants and jalapenos to balance the saltiness of the dish and aid in digestion.
|Trey Prama Dish|
(Fried egg with minced salty fish and pork)
I loved the dish so much that I attempted to make it at home. I thought it was a success!
The Mo's favorite is "Kuy Tiev Kaw- Ko", a specialty Cambodian/Vietnamese rice noodle dish with a five-spice beef stew broth simmered for hours with beef, brisket, tripe. He also loves their beef loc lac dish with the lime & pepper dipping sauce.
|Cambodian Beef Loc Lac Dish|
|Heng Lay's Beef Loc Lac white rice plate|
|Cambodian Noodle Soup|
You can't go wrong ordering their fresh rolls, fried calamari, spicy wings or mee ka thung, wide rice noodle dish. We get the "Special" which comes with squid, shrimp, beef, fish cakes and chicken.
|Heng Lay's fresh rolls "naim chow" with shrimp and pork belly served with sweet fish sauce|
|"Mee Ka thung" special|
|Spicy Wings rice plate|
|Cambodian beef stew rice noodle soup|
|Heng Lay Ka Thiew koke dry rice noodles with garlic|
|Soup broth to go with above dry noodles|
|Mee Ka Thung Special|
|BBQ Chicken with Fried Rice and pickles|
|BBQ Chicken Rice Plate with pickled vegetables|
Their salt and pepper calamari is crispy and served with the lime pepper dipping sauce. The calamari is never rubbery.
I think the make one of the best Phad Thai in town.
|Phad Thai Special|
|Cambodian Som Law Ma Chew Kroeung Sach Ko|
|Lort Cha chicken noodles with sunnyside up egg|
|Spicy Beef Rice plate (Cha Kroeung)|
|Beef noodle soup|
- The restaurant is closed every Wednesday
- The restaurant does not serve alcohol but you can BYOB. When dining with a group, I like to pick up a couple bottles of wine and the Mo grabs beer for the guys
- If you are ordering hot pot or Yow Hon, you can call ahead to have it ready for your party. They will put out the vegetables, proper plates/utensils, cooking equipment and serve the broth once the whole party comes.
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