Following our 10 Traditional Khmer Cuisines, here’s 15 Cambodian street food that you should try.
If you are craving for something soupy, this famous Khmer soup dish is cooked with vegetables to beat the heat.
Red Tree Ant sir-fried
No surprise here, insects are part of the food tradition in Asia. If you are brave enough, I would recommend stir-fried red tree ant that is nice snack for the Khmers.
Plea Sach Ko
This dish is raw beef marinated with sour lemon/lime juice. It is best paired with beers. And the beers are only US$0.50!
Samlor Machu Kreung Sach Ko
If there is only 1 soup to drink in Cambodia, drink this Samlor Machu Kreung Sach Ko. It has a sweet tangy and spicy taste, which makes a great starting dish. The soup features beef and vegetables. Most of the soups are like this, with a twist, so just tasting this is enough.
Nom Banh Chok
Also known as the Khmer Noodles, this is the usual local dish with carbs to fill your stomach and begin the day.
Bay Sach Chrouk (Rice and Pork)
If you are finding a simple and typical dish by the locals, Bay Sach Chrouk is a simple dish with just rice and sliced pork. The Khmers eat it as breakfast to fuel them and start the day. Remember to pair your dishes with the local herbs and spices.
Bay Chhar (Fried Rice)
Bay means rice and Chhar means to fry. Fried rice is an awesome dish and you have the different types of fried rice in Asia like Thai, Singaporeans, Yangzhou, etc. This Cambodian style is no different.
Nom Pao (Khmer Steamed Buns)
Cambodian pork buns are similar to the Chinese ones, filled with warm juicy and succulent meat. There are many different flavours, from more savoury to seasoned with spicy pepper. Some buns also come with eggs or Chinese sausage. These buns are a cheap snack that goes from 15-25 cents.
Grilled Pork Skewers
Similar to that of many Asian countries, you have this smoky pork skewers barbecued over hot fire. They are found along many street food carts. These pork skewers are seasoned in Khmer flavors (sugar, soya, garlic, salt, better) or Chinese style spicy flavor. You also have Sach Ko Ang, a beef marinated skewer. Find them at Wat Damnak Street.
Baby Duck Eggs
You will see women carrying backsets across her shoulders with eggs inside. These are baby duck fetus where you eat them with salt, pepper, lime, fresh chilli (options) and herbs. Mix the condiments on a dish then pour it into the semi-cooked egg to drink them. Do note that this is like Balut in Philippines, where you can see the baby duck and you eat it like that. (Picture by Tamara Lowe)
Sugar Cane Juice
Sugar can juice sellers are everywhere around town. Watch them cut the sugar cane into half and push the length into the juicer and served with crush ice. This is perhaps one of the best drink during a hot day of exploring Cambodia!
Deep-fried silk worms and crickets are sold in bags and are eaten in a special sauce – sugar, salt, fish sauce and fresh cut chili. My friends really the deep-fried silk worms as snacks because they’re like “prawn crackers”. It is even a substitute for popcorns during your “Netflix and chill” sessions. Another bonus for you: try out the tarantulas and snakes if you dare. You can find them at Phsar Chas in Siem Reap.
Corn on the Cob
Yes, yes, you can also make this at home. But as you walk along the streets with all the food peddlers cooking their fragrant food, it is hard to miss the bright yellow corn. The sweet aroma of it roasting over fire only makes it irresistible. Battambang (near Siem Reap) is know to grow the best corn in Cambodia!
A popular pushcart you see along Pub Street will be this Khmer crepe. Due to the heritage of the French colonization, Cambodia retains some of its French roots. Try the crepe with banana and Nutella! It never goes wrong.
Bobor is a breakfast dish that is like congee or porridge. Kickstart your day with bobor in Cambodia! (Picture by misskinny)
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