Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I'm Willing to Drive for the Pork Ribs at Cambinos Asian BBQ

Lunch at Cambinos

I first heard about Cambinos Asian BBQ when it showed up as an outing on my dining club's calendar. Even though it was in OC, just the thought of Asian BBQ was enough to get me in my car for a drive beyond LA County boundaries, especially since I had such a wonderful experience with Park's Finest BBQ. By the way, owner James Sar, is Cambodian, but named his restaurant Cambinos after his former Filipino-Cambodian basketball team that used to play around Orange County.

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Lunch at Cambinos

While the very name of the restaurant seems to indicate that the BBQ served there is a fusion of Cambodian and Filipino cuisines, James' friend, who was managing the restaurant at the time of our visit, mentioned that the purpose of Cambinos is simply to serve home-style BBQ utilizing general Asian influences and not necessarily specific to any one country. We were also told that a different BBQ sauce was developed for each of the various meats on the menu.

Lunch at Cambinos

To get a broad idea of the BBQ, our group opted to split several plates of their Mixed Plate to share. This Mixed Plate consisted of steamed rice, grilled veggies, chicken and pork skewers, chicken thigh, beef short rib and spare pork ribs. Normally priced at $9.95, you can get it for $7.95 on Saturdays.

Lunch at Cambinos
Lunch at Cambinos

The first thing I tried was the Boneless Chicken Thighs which was marinated in a house blend of spices and hoisin sauce. Unfortunately, the marinade was a little too sweet for my palate, so it wasn't a hit with me.

Lunch at Cambinos

Next was the Beef Short Ribs, which was marinated in a soy based sauce with ginger. This was just an okay dish for me. It needed more ginger.

Lunch at Cambinos

Then I took a bite out of the Pork Spare Ribs which was marinated with a blend of lemon and lime juices along with garlic and other spices, and I was completely wowed. First, the meat was tender and practically falling off the bone. Second, I enjoyed the tart and slightly vinegary flavor of the meat itself. These ribs are definitely a must order.

Lunch at Cambinos

As for the skewers, I didn't realize at the time that there were actually two different skewers on the plate, which meant that I didn't get to try the chicken skewer. I did try the Pork Skewer with a special marinade blend of spices, brown sugar and ginger and I found it absolutely delicious. It reminded me of Filipino BBQ, which actually is always on skewers.

Lunch at Cambinos

Seeing the Grilled Cornish Hens with a Pineapple Glaze on the menu piqued our interest, so we placed an order for that as well. I'm so glad we did. Along with the Pork Ribs, those hens are a must order. The chicken meat was tender and juicy with delicious tropical flavors.

Lunch at Cambinos
Lunch at Cambinos

For dessert, we also checked out their simply called Yellow Cake. A small cake that was moist and had a slight sugar glaze to it that even made it more appealing.

Lunch at Cambinos

Overall, I really enjoyed my Cambinos. While there were a couple of items I could pass over, everything else was really stellar. So much so, I'm planning on bringing my assorted family members there for a meal sometime. If you happen to be in the Cypress area, be sure to check it for yourself as well and go for those ribs. Yum!

Cambinos Asian BBQ
5721 Lincoln Avenue
Suite F
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 484-0511

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Big Fella said...

I usually just read your posts on Chowhound, but paid a visit to the blog on this one and have two comments:

1. The hen plate looks amazing.
2. The food photography on your site is outstanding, most photos i see on blogs do not approach the quality of your stuff, kudos.

pleasurepalate said...

Big Fella: Thanks for stopping by my blog. That hen plate is definitely amazing and if you stop by, you should definitely order that. Also, I'm so glad that you like my photos. I do my best to make sure that they represent the food as best as possible and that way, all of you know what you're getting. :)

elmomonster said...


I'm so glad you tried the place. Too bad James wasn't there. He's part of the experience. Such a great guy. But I concur: those pork ribs are incredible.

Andi? said...

Looks delicious. I will have to try this place sometime.

pleasurepalate said...

Elmo: James' friend said that weekends are tough since he does a lot of catering. Maybe, I'll try to pop in during the week for a chance to meet him.

Andi: Definitely order the ribs and the hens. Yum!

caninecologne said...

hi - saw your old posts on indo kitchen from Wandering Chopsticks blog. also saw your old sophy's post. went to the newer sophy's recently so I was looking for other web ref's. anyhow, love our blog. very informative with beautiful photos.

i like how this restaurant is named! Filipinos + Cambodians!

pleasurepalate said...

caninecologne: Thanks so much for stopping by and I'm so glad that you like my photos. I hope that my blog postings is helping you find good eats as well. :)

Exile Kiss said...

Hi Abby,

Nice review. :) So the Pork Ribs weren't too salty, right? I've only been to Cambino's once, but we had the Pork Ribs and they were shockingly salty. It might've been an off-day (we arrived late).

But I'll have to give the Cornish Hen a try. It looks delicious. :)