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Sunshine Noodles Is Opening in a Slabtown Brick-and-Mortar

Diane Lam’s contemporary Cambodian pop-up is taking over the former XLB space. Get a sneak preview on Sunday.

By Katherine Chew Hamilton November 5, 2021

Sunshine Noodles’ lort cha 

From last summer’s Sunshine Noodles pop-up to last winter’s Prey & Tell fried chicken ghost kitchen, chef Diane Lam, formerly of Revelry, is no stranger to openings. And she's got one more up her sleeve: on December 13, Lam is planning to open Sunshine Noodles in Slabtown, her first brick-and-mortar restaurant.

“Even though there will be a substantial amount of delivery and takeout, the people that dine there get to have a whole different experience than they were exposed to a year ago at the Sunshine on Mississippi,” says Lam.

Sunshine Noodles will open at XLB’s former Slabtown location (2175 NW Raleigh St #105), where Lam plans to serve her signature contemporary-meets-homestyle Cambodian food—with a particular emphasis on soups and noodles, served on real plates with silverware for the first time. The space will also boast a full bar with infused liquors, draft cocktails, wine, and beer. Though the restaurant won’t open for another month, this Sunday, November 7, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. is a chance to get a sneak preview at the new location, where Lam will offer a menu of charred greens, lime-pepper wings, Phnom Penh noodles, beef noodle stew, stir-fried lort cha noodles, kaya tres leches cake, and persimmon jam s’mores.

Lam's charred greens with housemade chili oil

Lam first launched Sunshine Noodles in July 2020 at Psychic Bar on N Mississippi for what would be a five-month residency on the bar’s patio. With the help of a cute cartoon tiger mascot, Lam served takes on the Cambodian dishes she grew up with. One mainstay was the kuy teav Phnom Penh, a pork and seafood egg noodle dish that she served with broth on the side; customers also pined after the lort cha, a stir-fried round rice pin noodle dish. Lam also cemented her reputation for fried chicken wings at Sunshine Noodles with crispy, tangy lime-pepper chicken wings. The pop-up was one of our favorites of the year, earning it a spot in our Best Restaurants 2020 feature.

Those chicken wings led Lam to her next concept: Prey & Tell, a ghost kitchen, patio dining, and takeout operation at Psychic Bar that opened in December 2020 serving gluten-free Cambodian fried chicken wings with rice and garnishes, plus homemade buffalo-lime-leaf sauce, Cambodian-French ranch, fish caramel, and lime-pepper sauce for dipping. Prey & Tell will go on hiatus by the end of 2021 as Lam focuses on Sunshine Noodles, though she says she hopes to open a fried chicken brick-and-mortar in the future.

Sunshine Noodles will be open seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with lunch hours and extended outdoor seating coming in the future.

Pop-up 5–9 p.m. Sunday, Nov 7. Opening Dec 13. Sunshine Noodles, 2175 NW Raleigh St #105,, @sunshinenoodlespdx