Authentic West African food in Phnom Penh - Onwa's restaurant

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Authentic West African food in Phnom Penh - Onwa's restaurant

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Onwa's restaurant serves spicy hot climate food from a different continent for those who want to try something different. But, it is also a place to meet and catch up while enjoying traditional food for Nigerian expats living all over Phnom Penh.

So, what do West Africans like to eat ...
-Onwa uses traditional recipes he learned from his father, and at Onwa’s the ingredients are mostly imported from West Africa. Indigenous spices like ogiri are the soul of Nigerian food.

Traditional soups, meanwhile, are the mainstay of the menu at Onwa’s. “Soup for Cambodians is actually a little too watery. For us, it has to be thick, it has to be spicy, it has to be pepperish,” says Mewo.

Made from a base of red palm oil, tomatoes, pepper and a variety of condiments, what differentiates each soup from the other is the choice of thickener used, after which the soup is named. On offer at Onwa’s is egusi soup, made with ground melon seeds; bitter leaf soup; and okra soup, among several others. Each soup comes with the option of beef or fish for $6, or goat meat at $10.

The oil and protein-rich egusi gives the soup a heavier mouthfeel, while bitter leaf imparts an earthy depth of flavour to the strongly-spiced, robust base. Okra changes the texture of the soup completely, not only thickening it but also giving it a sticky, slimy texture. Mewo prefers egusi, though he says bitter leaf is the traditional option for Nigerians, which Onwa makes well.

Traditionally served alongside the soups are rice, beans, fried plantains, or garri, which is made from cassava. But rather than eating cassava, most diners opt for an alternative – a dough made by mixing rice flour with hot water.
Onwa’s Food is located at #18G Street 52, Boeung Tumpun. It is open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 10pm.
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Never been there or tried the food. As per the article, it is a 'hole in the wall' type of place and a little difficult to find.
Here's a map. The big road is Street 271 Boeung Tumpon


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