The phonetic pronunciation guide is in italics.
Soup (sing ow) – All soups are prepared to order. They don’t open up a big can and leave it on the stove. They all come with meat (small slices of pork and asian meat balls) and garnish (some kind of greenery) so instead of ordering by the meat, you order by what type of noodles you prefer. If you desire no meat and garnish, add the word “sot” at the end of the item.
Egg Noodles: are most similar to what you might find in linguini or fettuccine alfredo (without the alfredo). They are about ¼” wide, quite long and not easily negotiated with a spoon. Use chopsticks. Anyone will be glad to show you how.
Ramen Noodles: Just like what you probably have already had in ramen soup at home – at least four days a week if you’re in college.
Angel Hair Rice Noodles: Very slender and milky white – nearly translucent. Also very long and difficult to handle with a spoon.
Egg Noodle Soup – sing ow mee saw sigh tome (rhymes with Rome)
Ramen Noodle Soup – sing ow mee ma ma
Angle Hair Rice Noodle Soup – sing ow gooey tee oo
EXAMPLE: If you wanted ramen noodles soup without meat/garnish, say “sing ow mee ma ma sot”
Fried Noodles (mee chaa) – Again, they come with meat and garnish unless requested otherwise. And again, adding the word “sot” at the end of the order will get you the desired effect.
Fried Egg Noodles – mee chaa saw sigh tome (rhymes with home)
Fried Ramen Noodles – mee chaa ma ma
EXAMPLE: Want fried egg noodles with no meat? Say, “mee chaa saw sigh tome sot.”
Eggs (pong mo in) – You recognize these. You can get them in a couple of different ways: fried (over well only), scrambled, and in a sandwich (Not available if the bread truck hasn’t come by. Comes on French bread if it has.). Eggs come one at a time unless you order more than one. You can hold up the number of fingers that matches the number of eggs you want when you order, or you can use the Khmer words for the numbers and attach that to the end. They also come plain – no salt, no pepper, no ketchup, no Tabasco. But, take the opportunity to try the red sauce on the table. It is very mild and slightly sweet. You may find you like it a lot.
Fried Egg – chaa pong mo in (pronounce the “pong” with the po sound of “pore.”)
Scrambled Egg – pong mo in craw lawk (rhyme lawk with hawk.)
Fried Egg Sandwich – pong mo in dat noom pang
One – moo ee
Two – bee
Three – bye
EXAMPLE: If you want two eggs scrambled, say, “pong mo in craw lawk bee”.
Beverages – No juices, no fresh milk, no Sunny Delight. But what they do have…ahhh. There is coffee in several forms, tea, chocolate beverages, and soft drink favorites like Coke and 7Up.
Coffee – (kaf fay). You can get it hot and black (sugar is on the table), hot and with cream with cream, iced and black or iced with sweetened condensed milk.
Tea – Comes regular or strong. If you want it iced, add (tuk gau) at the end.
Chocolate – (mee•lo). A veritable cornucopia of chocolate drinks. Order it hot and plain, hot with sweetened condensed milk, iced and plain, or iced with sweetened condensed milk (the author’s personal favorite).
Hot Black Coffee – kaf fay kuh mow kuh dow (rhyme mow and dow with cow)
Hot Coffee with Sweetened Condensed Milk – kaf fay kuh dow tuk go
Iced Black Coffee – kaf fay kuh mow tuk gau (rhyme mow with cow and say the au in gau like the au in Paul)
Iced Coffee with Sweetened Condensed Milk – kaf fay tuk go tuk gau
Regular Tea – tuk tye
Strong Tea – tye gap
Iced Regular Tea – tuk tye tuk gau
Iced Strong Tea – tye gap tuk gau
Hot Chocolate Plain– mee lo kuh dow (rhyme dow with cow)
Hot Chocolate with Sweetened Condensed Milk – mee lo kuh dow tuk go
Iced Chocolate Plain – mee lo tuk gau (pronounce au in gau like the au in Paul)
Iced Chocolate with Sweetened Condensed Milk – mee lo tuk go tuk gau
Orders for Soft Drinks will be understood in English because the soft drinks have English names. Soft drinks that are available will be readily visible in crates there at the Coffee Shop. They don’t have a wide selection but usually have plenty of whatever they carry. Coke, 7Up, and Mirinda are the general line up. Don’t ask for Dr. Pepper. They don’t carry it. Get over it.
A few additional words/phrases in Khmer you should know.
|Yes – baa
||Hello – joom reap soo uh
|No – ah tay
||Good bye – joom reap lee uh
|Please – soam (rhyme with foam)
||How’s it going? – suk saw bye
|Thank you – aw koon
||Excuse me –sum toe