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Foods You Need To Eat On Your Visit To Cambodia

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Cambodian cuisine isn’t as popular as that of Thai or Vietnamese. But given the bold and rich flavours of Cambodian food, which are milder than spicy Thai food and more robust than delicate Vietnamese food, Cambodian cuisine can definitely stand on its own. Sample the foods on this list and taste for yourself just how awesome the food in Cambodia is.

Fish Amok

Fish Amok is the perfect unique dish to try while you are on vacation
A well-known dish in Cambodia and familiar to neighbouring countries. | Credit: @nomswithsabs

If Cambodia has a national dish, it has to be fish amok. Made with white fish cooked in coconut milk mixed with kroeung and is similar to a curry mix, made with fresh turmeric, galangal, garlic, chilli, shallots and lemongrass. The fish is then topped with kaffir leaves and steamed in a cup formed out of banana leaves.

Green Mango Salad

The green mango salad is said to be less pungent than the papaya salad
Cambodian version of the Thai Papaya Salad.

This dish is similar to the Thai papaya salad. Made with unripe green mangos, it’s also said to be less pungent than the papaya salad. It’s also milder, slightly sweeter, and the citrus tones are more pronounced. It also contains carrots, tomatoes, green peppers, shallots, holy basil and mint. All of that tossed in a dressing of lime juice, shallots, garlic, palm sugar, fish sauce, and chili.

Grilled Seafood

Grilled seafood are often found at food vendors in Cambodia
Grilled seafood are often seen at food vendors in Cambodia. | Credit: @brianmoore

Seafood is one of the staple foods in Cambodia, thanks to the presence of the great Tonle Sap Lake in the north, the Gulf of Thailand in the south, and the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers in the middle. You’re always bound to find food vendors selling grilled seafood in Cambodia wherever you go.

#TripfezTips: the best-grilled seafood in Cambodia is said to be found at the villages around Tonle Sap, in Sihanoukville, in Kampot, and in Kep.

Kampot Pepper Crab

Kampot peppper crab are when fresh crabs are stir-fried with peppercorns
The Kampot pepper crab dish is a signature dish of the province. | Credit: @mrmacrae

The province of Kampot is famous for two things. One is its plantations produce the best peppercorns in the world. The other is its proximity to the Gulf of Thailand gives it access to delicious seafood. The people of Kampot combine these two blessings through their signature Kampot pepper crab dish, where fresh crabs are stir-fried with peppercorns still attached to the stem.

Khmer Red Curry

Khmer Red Curry is one of the staple dish of Cambodian people
The Khmer Red Curry is also similar to its Thai counterpart but less spicy.

Khmer Red Curry is similar to Thai red curry. Made with stewed with coconut milk, and it contains vegetables like potatoes and eggplant. The one major difference that sets Khmer red curry apart is it doesn’t use red chili. Instead, its spice comes from the combination of lemongrass, turmeric, galangal, and garlic. This dish is usually served at weddings and other religious holidays.

Lap Khmer

Lap Khmer recipe brings together a large number of traditional products and represents a perfect introduction to the flavors of Cambodian cuisine.
A salad that is particularly refreshing and famous with tourists. | Credit: @hanoivoyages.en

Lap Khmer is beef salad, where slivers of beef are either given a quick sear or marinated in lime juice. Then tossed with shallots, lemongrass, holy basil, mint, garlic, green pepper, green beans, fish sauce, and lots of red chilli flakes for additional flavours. The authentic homemade version, however, features nearly raw beef. Some restaurants prefer to grill the beef in Lap Khmer.

Loc Lac

Rice Loc Lac is a popular all-day meal
Rice Loc Lac appears on most menus in Cambodian restaurants. | Credit @richkaszeta

Loc Lac is a dish made with stir-fried beef slivers in oyster sauce, palm sugar and soy sauce. Usually served with rice topped with a fried egg as well as a side of sliced cucumber and tomatoes. Sometimes, it also comes with French fries. It’s a popular all-day meal.

Lort Cha

Lort cha can be found even at night from food vendors
You can find Lort Cha even at night. | Credit: @mongkologie

If you happen to be up and about late at night in Cambodia and craving for something to eat, you can always rely on finding the foods at vendors on a tuk-tuk selling Lort Cha. Lort Cha is a dish of fat and spicy rice noodles stir-fried with greens, soy sauce and fish sauce. Served with a topping of bean sprouts and a runny fried egg, you’ll definitely end up craving for more!

Nom Banh Chok

Nom banh chok is often sold in the early mornings by food vendors
Cambodian rice noodles often sold by vendors in the early morning. | Credit: @chokshopuk

Nom banh chok or Khmer noodles is a rustic dish that’s beautiful in its simplicity. Made up of thin rice noodles mixed with fresh vegetables. Often including shredded banana leaves, cucumbers, long beans, and bean sprouts. Lastly, it’s then topped with holy basil and fresh mint, as well as green fish curry flavored with lemongrass.

Are you hungry for Cambodian food yet? Book your trip to Cambodia now and savor these delightful Khmer eats.

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