This Vietnamese derivative is now a Khmer stalwart, with Lot Cha hawker carts plying trade across the Cambodian kingdom. We chanced upon this delicious breakfast on St 135, near Phnom Penh’s Russian Market. Here, they are frying the local mortadella-like “pâté”, then topping it on fried thick wheat noodles with kale or gai-lin plus Chinese celery and green onion shoots, all stir-fried on a giant griddle.
Lot cha fried noodles. We had just had one of the capital’s best coffees at Tini Café, and ate this just around the corner. Waiting to be sauced at the table, to taste with sweetened chili sauce, soy sauce, dried ground chili, vinegar, and shockingly, even more sugar.