A Taste of the World – Part 2
Global Cuisine in the Merrimack Valley
In Lowell, over 28% of the people were born outside of the United States — mostly African countries, the Caribbean (Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic), Southeast Asia and India. Lowell also has the second largest Cambodian population in the United States, which makes it one of the best, if not the best, places in Massachusetts to pick up some Cambodian food. Lowell’s vibrant Cambodian culture is kept alive through food, music and family.
I was introduced to Cambodian food when a dear friend brought me to her favorite restaurant. I tried kuy tiev, loc lac (beef with lime) and lemongrass beef skewers, and it was a meal I remember to this day. Kuy tiev is a Cambodian breakfast food, a rich soup with a pork stock base, rice noodles and toppings. It has beautifully made noodles, the richest broth and an aroma that makes me want to jump in and swim in it every time I eat it. It is my honest belief that it can cure a bad day or even the common cold, but that’s just me.
Simply Khmer, a popular restaurant among locals, is one of my favorite places to savor this delicious soup. They serve a wide range of traditional Cambodian cuisine.
Must tries are the aforementioned kuy tiev and loc lac.
Red Rose, a Cambodian restaurant in Lowell’s Cambodia Town, focuses more on traditional family-style cuisine and is worth a visit as well.
Check back for the next part of Timna’s series on global cuisine offerings in the MV!