Cheng Heng: Little Mekong’s Cambodian outpost in St. Paul

University Avenue is full of Asian restaurants, especially along the stretch that’s known as Little Mekong, from Mackubin to Galtier streets. I have lots of favorites along that stretch, but the special, warm feeling I get from eating at Cheng Heng, the Cambodian restaurant on University Avenue in St. Paul goes beyond the spiciness of some of the cuisine. Maybe it’s the friendliness with which customers are greeted. Or maybe it’s knowing that the owners, Kunrath and Kevin Lam, have donated some of the earnings from their restaurant to build schools back in Cambodia. But mainly it’s the cuisine. Although there are many  resemblances to Vietnamese and especially Thai cuisine, there are also enough differences to make for a refreshing change of pace. 

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