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Chuck Norris Dim Sum Cambodia

September 18, 2013

First of all, lower your expectations. It’s Chuck Norris Dim Sum’s soft opening and the staff are learning. Be nice to them or Chuck Norris will ‘kick you in the face’, the laminated menu at the bespoke dim sum haunt explains.

Warhol-esque portraits of the famous tough guy adorn the walls of the hipster chic bar on Street 51. The imagery is in sharp juxtaposition to the record collection, which Chuck Norris appears to have lifted from his younger sister and put on rotation at the bar.

Diners can sit underneath a dumbbell mounted to the wall and sway to Leona Lewis’s ‘Bleeding Love’, while scoffing the ten dim sum items that appear on the menu along with beer, whisky and vodka. The ‘tea is free bitches’.

Steaming Shrimp Chop dumplings ($2.50 for four) come in a traditional wooden basket. Thankfully not served with a Norris-style roundhouse kick to the mouth, they prove fresh and flavoursome, not chewy.

The menu’s four ‘Chuck Norris Approved’ dim sum options are a little pricier than standard items, but the moist Spicy Pork Momo Buns ($2.90 for four) are worth the splurge, proving a hit with a piquant bite.

Less can be said for the Wasabi Shrimp Volcano ($2.50 for three). Inoffensive, but hardly delectable, the dumplings have too little wasabi dotted on top to induce theatrical fire breathing.

However, another Chuck Norris approved item, the Pork Demon dumpling ($2.90 for two), contains a fabulous viscous soup of glazed pork and onion, though the eatery has perhaps over estimated the chopstick abilities of its clientele. With no western cutlery available, napkins and painstaking consumption are the name of the game for the soupy offering.

Early in the evening service is fast and friendly. Given the joint’s obvious appeal as a late night food stop off, one would hope Norris has taught his staff the trick about never sleeping, just waiting.

For those lining up for late night lashings of dim sum, be warned there’s a compulsory five percent tip on all bills. So don’t rock up with only riel. While it won’t blow your socks off, the dim sum is tasty and good value for money. As Norris says, “get sum”.

This article was first published in Asialife Magazine.

Photography by Dylan Walker.

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