Simply Khmer is probably the most popular Cambodian restaurant in Lowell. The restaurant has been featured on Chronicle and Travel Channel's Bizarre foods featuring Andrew Zimmerman.
Despite these TV appearances, the Mo and I have been going to the restaurant when it first opened a few years ago when it only occupied half of it's current space. We first heard about this "new" place that offered kuy tiev rice noodle soups (Pho) for $4.95 and Cambodian rice porridge for $ 3.95 now $ 5.95 and $4.95 respectively. I get it....inflation and the cost of food went up.
Coincidentally, I used to work as a server for Chantip, who was the previous owner of a downtown Lowell Thai restaurant, then called Southeast Asian. She now helps out at Simply Khmer with her decades of restaurant experience.
After Heng Lay, Simply Khmer is probably our 2nd go to Cambodian restaurant. It's located only a couple blocks away from our house and is probably a short 3-5 minute driving depending on the lights. It's also very common for the Mo's relatives to order from their catering menu for parties and celebrations.
The restaurant is very clean and spacious. Seating is usually abundant. There are TV's mounted on the wall displaying the news or a Cambodian program.
|Simply Khmer Lowell Dining Room|
One of the most popular rural Cambodian dishes is Som la machew kroeung sach ko. The soup is made using the Cambodian "kroeung" paste made up of lemon grass, tumeric, garlic, kaffir lime leaves, etc. The soup usually is served with all the beef parts including the internal organs and stomach lining.
|Simply Khmer Som-Law Ma-Ju Kroung Sach Ko $ 10.95|
|Pork chop rice plate $ 7.50|
(Bai Sach Chrouk Jien)
When we go in a group, we typically order a few dishes and eat it family style. Our eyes are always bigger than our stomach and we tend to over order. My family loves the wings, calamari and Mee Ka Thung wide rice noodle dishes. My sister loves their pineapple and mango fried rice.
Although their mee Ka thung Chow foon wide rice noodles is delicious, I absolutely love their mee bumborng noodles. The yellow noodles are deep fried to shape like a bird's nest or basket then is topped with a seafood or meat stir fry. The thick gravy softens the noodles and creates a great texture. It is very similar to Chinese's pan fried noodles.
The crowd generally prefers the popular hot wings but I actually prefer the Angkor wings which is also deep fried but tossed with garlic and peppers in lieu of the sweet chili sauce. The Angkor Shrimp which is prepared the same way is also wonderful.
|Simply Khmer Wings "Angkor" Style $ 8.50|
via Nate Hun Facebook
|Simply Khmer Take out Hot Wings $ 7.50|
|Ye Heu Bumporng (Fried Spicy Calamari) $ 12.95|
|Naim Jien (Cambodian Egg rolls) $ 5.75|
|Kuy Tiev Cha (Pad Thai) Special $ 7.50|
|Kuy Kiev Kok (Rice noodles with broth on the side) $6.95|
|Mee Ka-Tang Spicy Special $ 7.50|
- Parking can be a bitch as it's very limited
- Credit card accepted
- Services is always very friendly
- Food is sometimes inconsistent
- During lunch time (11-2) on weekends, service can be slow
- They do not deliver (BUT THEY SHOULD) hint hint
- Get the triple combo!
- They are open 7 days a week from 8 AM - 9 PM
Address: 26 Lincoln St #4, Lowell, MA 01851
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