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Submitted on Jul 25, 2021 Useful Info

Cuisines to try out in Cambodia

  • Just like many Asian countries, Cambodia has a rich cuisine and food culture that you can sample ranging from top-end restaurants to street foods.
  • Rice is the staple food but in some instances, noodles may be the locals' favorite.
  • Unlike Thailand and Laos, chilies and hot foods are not preferred in Cambodia.
  • In this country, black pepper replaces chilies and so the food is mild. On request, chili may be served with your food on the side.
  • Typical Khmer foods include;
  • Amok - Arguably the most well-known Cambodian dish. A coconut milk curried dish is less spicy than those found in Thailand. Amok is usually made with chicken, fish, or shrimp, plus some vegetables. It is sometimes served in a hollowed-out coconut with rice on the side.
  • K'tieu (Kuytheav) - A noodle soup generally served for breakfast. Can be made with pork, beef, or seafood. Flavorings are added to the customers' taste in the form of lime juice, chili powder, sugar, and fish sauce.
  • Somlah Machou Khmae - A sweet and sour soup made with pineapple, tomatoes, and fish. Often sold hot and fresh with Khmer noodles ("Nom Banh Chhok") on the streets by women balancing two pots on a stick across their backs for less than USD 1/serving, complete with bowl and chopsticks.
  • Bai Sarch Ch'rouk - Another breakfast staple. Rice (bai) with pork meat (sarch chrouk) is often barbequed. Very tasty and served with some pickled vegetables.
  • Saik Ch'rouk Cha Kn'yei - Pork fried with ginger. Ginger is commonly used as a vegetable. This tasty dish is available just about everywhere.
  • Lok lak - Chopped up beef cooked quickly. Served with a simple dipping sauce made from lime juice and black pepper, lettuce, onion, and often with chips.
  • Mi / Bai Chaa - Fried noodles or rice. Never particularly inspiring, but a good traveler's staple.
  • Trey Ch'ien Chou 'Ayme - Trey (fish) fried with a sweet chili sauce and vegetables. Very tasty. Chou 'ayme is the phrase for "sweet and sour".
  • K'dam - Crab. Kampot in the south is famous for its crab cooked in locally sourced black pepper. A very tasty meal.