Frugal Find: Little La Lune


Cambodian cooking ranks high among the world’s most obscure. Even in Long Beach’s Little Phnom Penh, unfamiliar dishes on cryptic Chinese-Khmer menus can seem unapproachable. Using photos and clear English descriptions, the modern Little La Lune restaurant demystifies Cambodia’s dishes, which share flavors with Thailand and Vietnam. Aromatic rice plates are just $5.95, with options such as the house specialty beef lok lak (below) or pork chitterlings with Khmer-style kimchi. Machu youn, a fish soup made tart with tamarind, is a national treasure—and explains why one might wish to keep this cuisine under wraps. » 2054 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., 562-856-5800.