A new flavor is simmering in northwest Rochester.
Sophan Thuo is getting ready to open Sonniya's Cambodian Cuisine at 4180 18th Ave. NW in front of the Cedarwood Plaza shopping center.
Rochester's growing diversity has brought the food of many cultures, such as Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Ethiopian, Mexican and others to the Med City. While Cambodian has been part of some recent Rochester menus, Thuo's is completely devoted to the food of the southeast Asian country.
"I have been a server for others for many years. I love the job working with food. I love to do what I do," said Thuo. "Now I want to introduce my type of food to Rochester."
Cambodian food is known for its sauces and curries. Like many Asian cuisines, it uses rice and noodles in many dishes, but with a different spin on them.
Thuo said one popular Cambodian dish that Sonniya's Cambodian Cuisine will spotlight is Lort Cha, which it uses rice noodles.
She has the sign up on her new place and hopes to open yet this month. Thuo expects to have about 10 on staff.
The 18th Avenue building has housed a variety of flavors in recent years. Sok Dee, a Thai eatery, closed in August. Before that, it housed Far East Fusion, John Hardy's Bar-B-Q and Roscoe's Root Beer & Ribs.
Andrew “AJ” Hawkins of the commercial real estate firm of Realty Growth Inc. handled the deal that brought Sonniya's Cambodian Cuisine into the site.