The Cambodian takeaway restaurant in San Jose opens by spice chef Channy Laux

Channy Laux, the chef and founder of Angkor Cambodian Foods, a line of award-winning sauces and condiments, has opened her first restaurant in San Jose.

Fans of laux ‘prahok, lemongrass paste, and other aromatic spices can now experience them in their own classic Cambodian dishes like pearl noodles and pineapple curry, which they offer for delivery and take away at Angkor Chef Restaurant in downtown San Jose.

Angkor Chef, 949 Ruff Drive, joins the small but powerful Cambodian Bay Area dining scene that includes Chez Sovan in San Jose and Battambang and Nite Yun’s award-winning Nyum Bai in Oakland.

In an email to the San Jose Mercury News, a representative from Laux said the chef opened the restaurant on December 22nd and plans to stay open for at least six months to see if the project will be temporary or long-term.

The opening menu offers entrees ($ 5 to $ 10) like papaya salad and lemongrass pork sausage samplers. Starters ($ 10 to $ 16), including fried pearl noodles, a popular Cambodian street food made with bean sprouts and spring onions, and chrouk metae, a fiery hot sauce, and tuk prahok steak, a tri-tip steak with prahok sauce and anchovies, fresh herbs, eggplant, tamarind and lime juice served on a bed of steamed rice.

For dessert, banana balls fried with coconut batter are coated with black sesame seeds (US $ 6). Laux also sells a few drinks, toasted peanut snacks, and their sauces and condiments, of course.

Angkor Chef is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and Monday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner. It ships through DoorDash, Postmates, GrubHub, and Uber Eats, as well as ChowNow, which offers $ 5 off when you spend $ 30 or more and use code ANGKOR. Please visit for more information.

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