La Petite Mangue is a cute Cambodian restaurant located in Plateau. Have you ever tried Cambodian food before? Well I never did until I visited La Petite Mangue. 🙂
At first glance, the menu seems to be a blend of Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. However, the owner Dylida was very helpful and explained to us a bit about the difference. Cambodian cuisine uses a lot of similar ingredients as Vietnamese or Thai food, most likely due to the geographical proximity, but the spice made a big difference. Cambodian cuisine had Indian influence and therefore introduced a lot of Indian spices in additional to the traditional Kroeung and lemongrass in their cuisine. It also uses less coconut milk than Thai food.
Siem Reap is a traditional Cambodian soup. Very distinct flavor!
The sauce that comes with the spring rolls is very good. It’s similar to peanut butter, but served hot, with a bit of sweetness in it.
Even though the dish has “spicy” in its name, but it’s not actually that spicy. I’m used to Szechuan food and this is quite mild. The potatoes in the dish soaked up all the flavor and I probably liked it better than the chicken itself. 🙂
Amok is a very typical Cambodian dish. The fish filets are coated in spices and piled up together. Very tasty!
Cambodian desserts combine both sweet and savory and are served hot. It may be a bit surprising to many people as they are not the North American sense of dessert.
Overall, I would recommend La Petite Mangue as a spot for culinary adventure. Cambodian dish is similar to other Southeastern Asian but has its own signature dishes and flavors. Try it out with an open mind and experience the exotic culture!
La Petite Mangue
300 Avenue du Mont Royal Est, Montréal, Québec H2T 1P7