The City Awards finalists announced for 2020

Sreymom Lund has achieved a great deal since arriving in Adelaide as a young overseas student 10 years ago.

The 26-year-old Cambodian was named the Adelaide City Council’s Young Citizen of the Year in January, she has three degrees including a Masters in Nursing and now her popular Central Market Arcade eatery, Khmer Kitchen, has been named a finalist in this year’s The City Awards

Run by The Advertiser and Adelaide City Council, the awards recognise successful businesses within the Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide.

Ms Lund, better known as “Mom”, is one of three finalists in the Best Dining Experience category.

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Little Khmer Kitchen owner Sreymom “Mom” Lund (centre) with staff Naret Duk and Phea Kha in the Central Market Arcade. Picture: Tom Huntley

She opened a stall specialising in Cambodian street food four years ago after working for several years in the market with inaugural MasterChef runner up Poh Ling Yeow.

“I was walking through the arcade and the stall which sold sausages was for sale on Gumtree,” she said.

“I talked to the owner, we did some numbers and I bought it.

“The first day I took over we took everything, all the sausages, sauerkraut, sauces down to the Hutt St Centre and started setting up Little Khmer Kitchen.

“When I opened, it was an experiment to see if I could take people out of their comfort zone to try something different, as there is not much Cambodian food in Adelaide.”

The stall since has gained a loyal following for its diverse range which includes chicken skewers, thick porridge-like soup, laksas, fresh salads and spring rolls.

One key ingredient in the dishes is the country’s native black pepper, kampot.

Ms Lund said, like other businesses, she had to adapt and find new revenue streams during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“I did cooking classes in peoples’ homes, where I would show them how to cook a Cambodian meal and then they would eat it while I cleaned up,” she said.

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Little Khmer Kitchen owner Sreymon Lund (centre) with staff Naret Duk (left) and Phea Kha in the Central Market Arcade. Picture: Tom Huntley

Ms Lund said she loved living in Adelaide and working in the Central Market, where she is a popular figure among other stall holders.

“I came here as a 16-year-old student and I am very lucky,” she said.

“Many people who have experienced hardship dream of being in a place like I am. I am so grateful and want to give back to the community.’

Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor congratulated Ms Lund and the other The City Awards finalists.

“These awards recognise the extraordinary businesses that make our city unique, many of which have done it so tough this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

“Now more than ever in these challenging times, I encourage everyone to support our local businesses.

“There are so many businesses to choose from in the CBD and North Adelaide, from amazing restaurants and cafes, to city experiences and retail stores, we have it all in the city.

The winners of the The City Awards will be announced virtually on October 21.

The City Awards - Finalists 2020

Best attraction/experience

  • Adventure Rooms
  • Escape Hunt Adelaide
  • The David Roche Foundation House

Best Coffee

  • Mistress Mabel
  • Coffylosophy
  • Maison Clement

Best Dining Experience

  • Schnithouse
  • Cafe Palazzo
  • Little Khmer Kitchen

Best Hair & Beauty

  • Slick Lobster
  • Da Gianni Barbers
  • Orenda Hair

Best Health & Wellbeing

  • Core
  • Day Job
  • El Ritmo South American Dance Academy

Best New Business

  • Day Job
  • Amicus Curiae
  • Gunbae Chicken and Beer

Best Small Bar

  • Hains & Co
  • El Cheeky Flamingo

Best Small Retailer

  • Have you met Charlie?
  • Arcade Cobblers & Locksmieths
  • House of Health Collective

Artisan Award

  • Steven Ter Horst Chocolatier
  • Makerspace Adelaide
  • The Mill

Best Reconnected Business

  • Adventure Rooms
  • Barlow Shoes
  • El Ritmo South American Dance Academy

Best Reimagined Business

  • The Stag Public House
  • Antica Pizzeria CBD
  • Cafe Troppo

Hall of Fame

  • Bakery on O’Connell
  • Con’s Fine Foods
  • PhotoCo Camera House

The City Awards finalists announced for 2020 by Colin James orginally seen in The Advertiser, 7 October 2020. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.