Discovery >

Your Must-Try Eats in Cambodia

December 12, 2013 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , , ,

There are some dishes that shouldn’t be missed when visiting the Kingdom of Cambodia. Here we list them.

Fish Amok – the one everybody talks about

It’s a fish mousse with coconut milk and a type of curry paste (kroeng) and numerous herbs and spices. The local version tends to be more ‘soupy’ than the more curry-looking one that can be found in western restaurants.

Kdam Chaa – Khmer fried crab

Although not a frequently consumed dish, but rather one saved for more special occasions, the friend crab is worth a mention for its wondrous taste. The best Kdam Chaa is to be found in the eastern seaside town of Kep where you’ll find tourists and locals from Phnom Penh and beyond making the trip down to the town’s teeming crab market to try fresh crabs. The dish regularly features the famous ‘Kampot pepper’ completing the taste experience.

Ang Dtray-Meuk – grilled squid is another seaside food worth a mention

Frequently available from vendors in Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep, the locally sourced fresh squid is a favorite among locals. Brushed with lime-juice and served dipped in a lime and pepper sauce, this is a really nice and inexpensive dish.

Bai Sach Chrouk – is also worth a mention

Although essentially pork and rice (sometimes featuring an egg on top), no two preparations of this dish are the same and the dish is ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

A true taste of Khmer cuisine can be found at Friends and Romdeng restaurants in Phnom Penh, and Marum in Siem Reap. They offer a combination of forgotten provincial recipes as well as contemporary Cambodian cuisine. Travelers can also have a chance to try aping (fried spiders).

For an insight into the local Khmer cuisine, try our food walking tour of Phnom Penh and discover one of Asia’s most forgotten and overlooked cuisines.

For more information and bookings, please contact [email protected].

Latest post

A Serene Walk by the Lakes of Shan State in Myanmar

In the hills of southern Shan State in Myanmar, both Samkar Lake and Pekon Lake had been off limits for travellers until a few years ago.

Read More

25 Reflections on Phuket and Southern Thailand

Gonzalo Gil Lavedra, a tour operator and an Argentinian with extensive travel experience in Peru and the Netherlands, finds the physical and cultural highlights of Phuket and Southern Thailand as compelling as anything he’s experienced around the world.

Read More

Promoting community-based tourism projects with Khiri Reach

Khiri Reach promotes community-based tourism projects that create jobs and promotes culture.

Read More

Marum Restaurant: Good food, Good cause

Friends International, a Cambodia-based organization that helps disadvantaged youth, has opened a brand new restaurant in support of their cause. Marum restaurant – like Friends’ other establishments – will support young people by providing culinary training to poor youth so they can go on to find employment in the fast growing hospitality sector of Cambodia. […]

Read More

Subscribe to our newsletter

Our B2B newsletters are for industry professionals




*We’ll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time.