This hole in the wall restaurant space has undergone many different owners and cuisines. When the Mo and I first started dating, it was known as Koh Kong over a decade ago. It was unoccupied for a long period of time before becoming Neak Meas Cambodian restaurant selling $5.00 noodle soups to compete with Simply Khmer. After that didn't work out, it was a Chinese takeout selling roast ducks and pigs. Needless to say, the Chinese takeout didn't last either.
After 2 months of its grand opening, Tech Heng has experienced a steady flow of business.
|Tech Heng Cambodian Restaurant - Chelmsford Street Lowell, MA|
We started with an order of Cambodian fresh rolls that had shrimp and pork. It lacked the fresh mint and herbs used in most Cambodian restaurants. They were cut up in halves and served with the traditional sweet fish sauce topped with crushed peanuts.
|Cambodian Fresh Rolls 4/ $6.00|
|Som law Machew Kroeung Ribs $10.00|
One of my favorite Cambodian "wedding banquet" food is steak cut na. I'm pretty sure the steak is deep fried to a crisp and sliced up and plated atop blanched Chinese broccoli. An oyster garlic sauce is made and thicken using potato, corn or tapioca starch. The sauce is poured over the steak and vegetables and is delicious! This version tasted great but had just a tad bit too much black pepper to my liking.
|Steak Cutna $ 14.00|
Overall, we'd definitely be back. The food was great and service was quick and great. Our server kept coming by to check up on us. Most importantly, the prices were of great value!
I hope this restaurant lasts.
** Update, since the post, we've been back a couple of times and will most likely become regulars. There is always parking, service is always friendly and speedy and the food is tasty!
|Cambodian morning glory and pork belly stir fry $ 10.00|
|Mee Ka thung special|
Since we discovered this place, we keep going back. (Even the worker at Heng Lay was like, "Where have you guys been, I don't ever see you guys anymore")
The Cambodian "sach ko ch kak" beef sticks were on point and very inexpensive. The papaya salad is great! It has wonderful flavor (my preference is sweet and tangy) and the right amount of spice.
The Mo loves their Asian spice beef stew.
|Beef Ka Cow Rice noodle soup|
|Cha Kroeung Rice Plate|
|Mee Kathung Special|
|Fried Shrimp with head|
When I'm sick, the Mo picks up rice congee to go. They even pack with beansprouts and salted fermented beans.