Friday, August 5 2022

Faced with the challenge of celebrating the coming New Year during a pandemic period, the Cambodian Cultural Alliance of Washington moved their 19e The Internet White Center’s annual sidewalk street festival. But even online, it will include the same performances from cultural groups, happy songs and amazing food.

The Cambodian party, which celebrates the start of the Year of the Ox, kicks off on April 14 and normally lasts three days, but CCAW – probably sensing that we all need a lot more festivities in our lives – will host the all-virtual event. throughout the month, culminating with online performances on April 24. Khmer food tour and raffle, one of the elements of the event, provides the opportunity to sample Seattle’s excellent and growing Cambodian food scene, featuring Phnom Penh Noodle House, Oliver’s twist, and Ravenous Market.

Phnom Penh Noodle House Fisherman Bowl

Phnom Penh Noodle House Fisherman Bowl

Teresa L. via Yelp

It’s open to everyone and to participate you just need to follow the main CCAW account and that of the three participating companies on Instagram, then purchase any two items from one of them and post a photo tagged #CCAWfestival . Each tagged post participates in the raffle, and you can enter as many times as you want. Prizes include gift certificates to participating restaurants, Khmer scarves and more.

Each of the three food companies showcases a different side to Khmer cuisine, with Voracious Market producing Cambodian-style sauces and beef jerky, as well as a special New Years box to be picked up in Renton on April 17.

Phnom Penh Noodle House

Phnom Penh Noodle House

Cyn C. via Yelp

Phnom Penh Noodle House is a second-generation family-run place in the Chinatown-International District, which reopened in a new location just at the start of the pandemic. Their chicken wings turn heads, but the deep flavor of soups like Battambang’s favorite noodles has kept people coming back for over 30 years. Around the same time Phnom Penh reopened, Karuna Long had to find a way to keep her bar, Oliver’s Twist, open during the pandemic. With the help of his mother and brothers, he began to serve the Khmer foods he grew up with. Kroeung-marinated baby back ribs and Twa-ko sausage have helped Greenwood’s favorite stay afloat for over a year now, and Long is researching how to make Khmer food a permanent fixture in the neighborhood.


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