25 Delicious Cambodian Foods
I had kept hearing that Cambodian food wasn’t that good so I didn’t have very high expectations. Luckily for me, I was mistaken, and managed to come across 25 delicious Cambodian foods.
Apparently it is just not that good in comparison to other places in South East Asia. I can agree with this, but places like Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam set the bar so high that even if Cambodian food isn’t half as good as these places, it is still pretty good.
This list of delicious Cambodian foods includes pictures, costs and other useful information, but I just made up most of the names.
Cambodia uses both the USD and their local money (riel). 4000KHR is 1usd.
25 Delicious Cambodian Foods
1. Kuy Teav
It seems that no matter where you go in Asia you can rely upon noodle soup to be cheap, tasty, filling, and since it is with boiling hot broth it is probably the safest street food to eat.
I chose well, beef, but Ayase got pork and liver. Also nice, but neither of us like liver. Also got my favorite type of noodle, flat rice noodle. Of course you can choose other noodle types and different vendors have slightly different ingredients.
2,500KHR per bowl.
2. Bánh Mì Khơme
This was a pretty amazing dish. Toasted French bread with quail egg, sausage, Chinese style “floss” (sweet shredded meat), some other random stuff, and topped with mayonnaise and a sweet but kinda spicy sauce.
3. Num Pang
This is basically the same as Vietnamese Bahn Mi. Some pickled vegetables, a few different meats, in crispy French bread with some sauces. Absolutely delicious.
4000 – 8000KHR depending on whether you get it, if it comes on a plate, etc.
4. BBQ Banana
This is a common snack. A few small bananas straight on the BBQ. 1000KHR. Unlike in the Philippines, they don’t coat it with sugar, so not as sweet but much healthier.
I don’t know what the other thing is made of but it was a little sweet. I thought maybe tapioca or sweet potato. Ayase said it might be white bean which is similar to what they have in Japan. Also 1000KHR.
5. Crispy Flat Bread
I’m calling this crispy flat bread for lack of a better name. I don’t think it was even bread. Maybe it’s made of rice. Has the texture of a popadom, but a plain taste. Good little snack. 1000KHR.
6. Chha Kuy Teav
Fried noodles are another staple dish of all Asian countries. The Cambodian street-food version is pretty good. Personally I like the flat rice noodles the best but they are all good.
About 4000KHR on the street, $1.50+ in a sit down restaurant.
7. Samlar Machu
A sour chicken soup. It wasn’t that sour, but it was delicious. With rice in a local restaurant, it cost $2.50usd. Me and Ayase could have shared it and it would have been enough for lunch (with the rice) but we didn’t realize this before ordering.
8. Tom Yum Soup
While I ate Sour Chicken Soup, Ayase went at the Tom Yum. Same idea as Tom Yum in other countries but with a bit of a Cambodian twist. I liked the sour chicken soup better, but this was also very good, and had many more vegetables which is always a good thing.
9. Cambodian Omelette
Our first meal in Siem Reap was a good one at a local restaurant. Ayase picked this awesome omelette type dish. Really tasty and only $1.75usd with rice or bread.
10. Lok Lak
The following night, after a big day at Angkor Wat, I got this from a sidewalk eatery. Somewhat of a beef casserole. Very good although adding a bit of chilli was more to my liking.
It was also available in pork or chicken.
11. Fried Corn
This is exactly what it sounds like. Corn that is fried. They added some spices. It was actually pretty tasty. $1.50usd.
12. Fruit Shakes/Juices
These little stands are very common and are much the same as in Thailand. Personally, I’d rather just get a fresh coconut since they use a lot of condensed milk in the fruit shakes – though you can ask them to omit it.
13. Cambodian Pancake
Another item which is very similar to the Thai version. Actually it is pretty much the same apart from the presentation. In Thailand they put it on a plate and cut it into squares. In Cambodia they roll it up. Either way, it tastes delicious.
This is like a Khmer style coconut curry. It is really good. I got this as part of a set meal with rice, salad, spring rolls, and fruit, all for around $5.00usd. It was a ridiculous amount of food for the price.
15. Beef Stew and Rice Porridge
This dish was absolutely amazing and it is exactly what the title describes. It also came with a sauce which we guess is miso.
16. Fried Morning Glory
This doesn’t look too interesting but morning glory is one of my favorite vegetables. It is called Kan Kong in other Asian countries (China, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc.).
It usually comes with rice and sometimes has some type of meat mixed in.
17. Bai Chha
You can’t go into an Asian country without there being fried rice on the menu. A good staple for travelers and locals alike.
18. Curry Pasted Chicken
We got this from a small restaurant in Sihanoukville. We actually got quite few good dishes from this restaurant but the pictures didn’t turn out so good. Don’t worry, I got the same dishes again and they are later on in the list.
It is pretty much as the name described. They coat the chicken (or whatever meat you want) in curry paste and pan fry it. Pretty tasty.
19. Kep Blue Crab
I don’t like seafood but thought since Kep is famous for it I should give it a go. Besides, I like to re-try things every few years just in case my tastes change. They hadn’t.
20. Naem Chao
I guess being so close to Vietnam it is not surprising there are Vietnamese rice paper spring rolls in Cambodia. These cost about $2.00usd from Kampot.
21. Tofu Cream Soup
Kampot had lots of good little restaurants and I managed to find this little gem. I don’t think it is a very common Cambodian dish as I only saw it once.
22. BBQ and Hotpot
Cambodian Hotpot is pretty similiar to Chinese Hotpot. A boiling broth and cook it yourself meats and vegetables.
One night we ordered BBQ beef and vegetables. We were a bit surprised the vegetables were raw but it turned out to be a very nice meal.
$4.50usd with rice.
23. Spicy Rib Soup
This dish wasn’t actually spicy, but it was delicious, and I was happy that there was a good amount of vegetables in it.
7000KMR with rice.
24. Ginger Chicken
Probably my favorite meat-based dish in Cambodia. It is exactly as you would think… chicken cooked with ginger. Also available with pork or beef. It was really good and seems easy enough to replicate.
7000KMR with rice.
25. Seaweed Soup
The last item in this list of delicious Cambodian Foods is this seaweed and vegetable soup. We didn’t really know what we were gonna get when we ordered it (the name was Cambodian) but were pleasantly surprised when it arrived.
7000KMR with rice.
Overall, I really enjoyed Cambodian food. It’s true they don’t use as many spices and flavors as some of their neighbors but most restaurants give you chilli, pepper, soy sauce, etc. on the side so you can just add it to taste. Also, it is ridiculously cheap. I don’t think we ever paid more than $7usd for a meal, for two of us, and I think that time even included a couple of drinks.
Do you know of any other Cambodian foods that should be on this list? We’d love to hear about them or anything else you want to say in the comments 😀 .