St. Paul >Food & Dining > Cheng Heng Restaurant
448 University Ave W, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510344.955594 -93.119371
Monday To Sunday From 09:30 AM To 09:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Thomas - Dale, South Frogtown
I been there 3 times. I didn't know I'd like Cambodian food.
I consider it very reasonably priced. I have told friends that this is my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities but I've told them it is homely. I guess I would say that it has little or no atmosphere. I just love it and I'm going there on Sunday when I plan on ordering an extra dish or two just to bring home.
Ate there more than 200 times over 15 years. Really miss it since retirement. Last time had trouble with light rail construction. Call before you go.
Excellent every time – This is a restaurant I take my out-of-town guests to, as it is consistently good food, quick, relatively inexpensive. So the place is not as glossy an atmosphere or ambiance as, say, Mai Village. But I found the food to be tasty with no MSG, and the service is family-friendly and conscientious. Their green-lipped mussels in black bean sauce is terrific - the mussels are fully cooked without being rubbery, still tender and flavorful, and their curry chicken soup is just the thing on a chilly day. The kids love the young coconut and the bubble teas, and I love the iced red tea. I have no hesitation in recommending Cheng Heng to anyone.
Excellent and Consistent – We like the beef (Pho) and chicken soups and I have #22 a lot. The bubble tea is outstanding - try taro. The salads are light and fresh. They are skilled with tofu.
If you are tired of Americanized Asian this is your place.
cheap good eats – I've been here more than once. The coconut bubble tea is delicious. I don't remember straying away from the noodle dishes here as they don't seem to have many other vegetarian choices in other areas. It's cheap food with large servings. Brought my family here and everyone enjoyed their food. At one point, we ordered the green papaya salad, which was extremely spicy. Waay to spicy for me and my boyfriend (granted I don't have an iron tongue). This may be a place people pass by to go somewhere more aestetically pleasing, but once you get past that, it's a good place to eat.
From a caucasion and Cambodian. – My girlfriend, who is Cambodian, and I went to Cheng Heng today after a horrible experience with Village Wok in Minneapolis and the moment the food was put in front of me, I knew it was going to be good. I had the #52, which is in the "new item" section of the menu and it was delicious. The green peppers were crunchy and perfectly cooked, as were the onions -- and the chicken was wonderful. The subtle sweet sauce in this dish is what convinced me. Eaten with chopsticks.
My girlfriend choose the #15 which featured Chow Fun-like noodles (she says it's spoken like Mee-gah-ton noodles) but she enjoyed it very much.
I would suggest getting a soda dispenser as opposed to using normal 12oz soda cans because not only does it taste better when dining out in my opinion, but it's also cheaper for the store itself.
This was my first experience with Cheng Heng and it won't be my last.
You must try this place – Although this is a modest restaurant in the middle of frogtown this is one of my favorite places in the entire twin cities. I frequent this place at least once a month if not more sometimes. The spring rolls are excellent as well as the cream puffs, try them both. I try something different each time I go. They have excellent soups. I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. This is a true Cambodian restaurant.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Patrons choose froma photo album-style menu of Cambodian cuisine such as lo mein, chha kroeng and chuen--fried tilapia with ginger.
Enjoyable and different – We recently at at Cheng Heng and were quite pleased. We ordered the Beef Saramann (beef curry soup) and it was delicious. We also tried the Banh Xiung, an interesting concauction of stir fried beef over vermecelli, lettuce and cucumbers with a light sweet and tangy sauce topped with peanuts. Although it would have been better with rice noodles, it was also good -- light and fresh, yet warm and filling at the same time. As far as the atmosphere goes, you'll either love it or hate it. It has an odd set up and is quite basic. However, it is also what I consider to be one of the few "real" places, down to earth and very family oriented.
unique asian comfort food – Went here maybe a month ago with work friends, and we were all very pleased. I had some kind of meat and bean sprout filled funky crepe thing, nearly everyone else had curry/noodle soup (and that's what I'm going to get next time, judging from how much they liked it!) Not as cheap as it used to be, I hear, but still a great bargain. Under $10 for appetizer + main course.
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