Best Local Foods in Cambodia You Must Try

1.Best Local Foods in Cambodia — Bai sach chrouk:

Bai Sach Chrouk

Best Local Foods in Cambodia — Bai sach chrouk is one of the simplest dishes in Cambodia. Grilled sliced pork over hot coals, people sometimes marinated pork with coconut or garlic, making this dish carry many different flavors in different areas. Go with grilled pork is the broken rice, cucumber, ginger and onions, served with delicious broth.

2. Cambodian Fish Amok

Cambodian Fish Amok

This dish uses Slok Ngor which is a local herb to create the bitterness taste. The fish is steamed with coconuts, kroeung (a Khmer curry powder made from lemongrass, saffron, garlic, onion and ginger). In the restaurant, fish is steamed in a banana leaf bowl in order to keep the dish always hot before serving customers.

3. Khmer Red Curry

Khmer Red Curry

Not as spicy as Thai curry, the Khmer Red Curry use coconut as the main ingredient, without chili powder. This dish use beef, fish or chicken with eggplant, beans, potatoes, fresh coconut water, lemon grass and kroeung. Khmer red curry served with bread. Do not forget to try this curry when you travel in Cambodia.

4. Lap Khmer

Lap Khmer

Lap Khmer has more beef than salad, some local people like fresh beef. However, most restaurants making grilled beef before making salad. Khmer beef salad includes thinly sliced beef is either quickly seared or “cooked” ceviche style by marinating with lime juice. Mix with the lemon grass, onions, garlic, fish sauce, basil, mint, fresh string beans and pepper, sliced beef bring sweet, salty enough and a little sting of chili pieces will definitely made you unforgettable experiences.

5. Nom banh chok

Nom Banh Chok

Nom banh chok or Khmer noodles include rice noodles, green curry with fish, lemon grass, turmeric and lemon. Fresh mint leaves, cowpea, banana flour, cucumbers and some other vegetables served with Nom banh chok. This is a popular breakfast food of Cambodian people; you can find this dish in the morning by women carrying two baskets with a pole on their shoulder to make the basket balance.

6. Kdam chaa — Fried Crab

Kdam Chaa

This fried crab is the specialty of Kep town in Cambodia. Famous crab market here is known for crab fried with green pepper Kampot. You can just enjoy the fresh and most delicious pepper Kampot in Cambodia and of course it is best served with fried crab.

7. Red tree ants with beef and holy basil

Red tree ants with beef and holy basil

Red tree ants are stirring in the frying pan with the ginger, lemon grass, garlic, basil, turmeric and sliced beef. The taste of this dish is tastier with many peppers, you can also enjoy this dish with steam rice and maybe you can try the ant larvae in your bowl too.

8. Ang dtray meuk — Grilled Squid

Ang Dtray Meuk

In some coastal province of Cambodia like Sihanoukville and Kep, there are many street vendors selling grilled squid. The squids are seasoned with fish sauce or lemon juice, then skew into the bamboo skewers before grilling. This dish served with soy sauce and Kampot pepper, garlic, chili, lime and sugar.

9. Cha houy teuk — Jelly Sweet Soup

Cha Houy Teuk

Cha houy teuk have extremely diversified flavors from red bean, taro, pumpkin to jackfruit and cannot mention coconut milk. One of the most delicious Cha houy teuk is made from agar agar which is a gelantin derived from seaweed. You can enjoy this dessert with shaved ice in hot days if you travel to Cambodia in summer.

10. Fried fish

Kanh Chhet Trei Bung

Fish fried on the fire lake is served in the restaurant or on the festive occasion. Fish fried with coconut curry, and chili kroeung, placed on a large plate, vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage also cooked with curry. This fried fish served with steam rice or noodles. Cambodians call this dish “Kanh chhet trei bung”.

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Originally published at on December 23, 2015.

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