Little La Lune

2054 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90804
562-856-5800
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  • Open daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • $$; $$$
  • No Alcohol
Little La Lune is a Cambodian restaurant in Long Beach. The Phnom Penh Noodle is what you’re here to eat; strands of rice noodle similar to your last bowl of pho swim in a clear pork broth as sweet as life itself. This kind of broth is the lifeblood of Cambodia Town. The elixir is coaxed by slowly simmering pork bones until they surrender all of their goodness, and as you slurp the first sip from your steaming bowl, you find layers of flavor—shades of sugar, the tang of fish sauce, a hit of white pepper, all of it within the embrace of the pork. It’s not an exaggeration to say the life-giving liquid is a meal unto itself. It’s rich, even if it looks as clear as consommé. Some cilantro, fried bits of garlic and the lime juice you squeezed into it give it balance. The rest of the bowl becomes extra credit. There’s a piece of liver, a lean slice of pork and some shrimp, but it’s all about the interplay of noodle and broth—and the steam bath your faces gets when you inhale the soft strands between the hot gulps of soup.

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    Little La Lune is located on an unpretty part of Pacific Coast Highway, in a strip mall with less than 10 parking spots—and they're all taken. But stay in your car and wait with the air conditioning on, and soon, a few people ...

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