Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - A fun new spot for a tasty snack




A fun new spot for a tasty snack

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

A fun new spot for a tasty snack

Inspired by Singaporean open-air cafeterias, Kaifun on Street 334 serves up a diverse range of cheap and tasty plates

Kaifun, a new casual open-air eatery on Street 334, is all about options. Focusing on simple, unpretentious tapas, the menu is divided into four categories that sound like the pantry selections of a college dorm room: Rice and Noodles, barbecue, Pizza and Tacos. But the plates are all much better than they sound, and at $1.50 each, diners are expected to try out a few of them.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Kaifun’s mini pizzas are tasty but can’t compare with Phnom Penh’s best.

Co-owner and head chef Cristia Nou Picart – who developed the menu with help from Aitor Olabegoya, the award-winning head chef of Beijing’s Migas contemporary Spanish restaurant – said that the “idea for the restaurant was to be like a food cart, or a market.” Though originally from Barcelona, where he cooked at the Ritz-Carlton, Nou Picart spent five years living in Singapore, working as head chef at the Capella Hotel, before moving to Phnom Penh.

“Everywhere I ate [in Singapore] were food carts and cafeterias. I wanted to bring something like that to Phnom Penh,” said the bald chef, who is also the head chef at Kaifun’s sister restaurant, Doors Music and Tapas.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Another treat is the barbecue pork belly.

Kaifun’s culinary divisions are mirrored in the layout of the place, an airy, flowery courtyard featuring a barbecue cart, a clay pizza oven and a baby-blue VW Kombie van converted into a taco kitchen. The rice and noodles are made in the house space near the counter, where you order.

Care and culinary precision can be found in each of the four categories of snacks, but two of the barbecue items are the tastiest: the scrumptious, juicy pork belly marinated in miso and the sour sausage, a Thai delicacy involving a fermented pork sausage stuffed with sticky rice and grilled to perfection. For the meat eaters, they are not to be missed.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Thai sour sausage is delicious.

Another heavy hitter is the tacos, cooked in the refurbished Volkswagen. They’re soft-shelled affairs – in the LA food truck tradition – with juicy, flavourful pulled pork and fresh peppers in a corn tortilla made in-house.

While the tapas-sized pepperoni pizza satisfied with fresh, melted cheese and deliciously charred crust from the clay oven, it’s not the best in town. It would be wrong to call Kaifun a go-to pizza spot – unless you wanted the “chocolate pizza”; a kiddie pie of chocolate spread, diced bananas and mint leaves.

Kaifun only has one proper dessert option, but the “ice cream roll” – a frozen yellow cake hugging a block of vanilla ice cream, garnished with mint – is a simple yet well-executed finish.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The tacos from Kaifun come food truck style.

With its small plates, Kaifun is a good spot for a light lunch. Most will need at least three or four plates to satisfy hunger pangs, and this is not the place for a serious gorge. But for those looking for a low-cost, tasty lunch with pleasant surrounds, Kaifun delivers.​​

Kaifun is located at #25 Street 334 (between streets 57 and 63). Tel: 023 697 9090.

MOST VIEWED

  • First Khmer woman to pass out of West Point

    The life of a soldier certainly isn’t for everyone. The training is gruelling, the hours long and there’s no room for excuses. On top of that, soldiers must be ready to respond to sudden threats at a moment’s notice. Just ask Sithyka

  • Tourists urged not to skip trip

    The Ministry of Tourism has called on international tourists not to cancel trips to Cambodia, but urged them to adhere to several dos and don’ts when arriving in the Kingdom during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ministry released an eight-point instruction manual on Wednesday published

  • The taxman cometh – Cambodia’s capital gains tax casts the net on individual taxpayers

    In a country where only limited personal income tax existed, the new taxation law beginning January 1, 2021, will make taxpayers out of Cambodians, whether they are ready for it or not About two years ago, a little known amendment was made to Article 7 of the Law

  • Cambodian-American gets Star Trek treatment

    Kevin Ung, a Cambodian-American whose family escaped genocide during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, was recently selected from thousands of applicants to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s inaugural 2020 Star Trek Command Training Programme, a course intended to give hands-on filmmaking experience

  • Cambodia seeks to be transport hub

    Cambodia is working on several fronts to modernise its transport infrastructure and services, concentrating on opening new international gates to relieve and balance traffic congestion at its borders, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said on Thursday. This is part of the Kingdom’

  • Deminers unearth ancient lion statue

    Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) director-general Heng Ratana told The Post on Tuesday that a statue of a lion was found by mine clearance experts while they were digging for a development project. It was sent to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts last