Siem Reap street food you should not miss

Siem Reap street food you should not miss

The most overlooked of all Asian cuisines, Cambodian food is widely unknown elsewhere all over the world. Chances are, as Cambodian cuisine has stayed in the shadow of Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, you may not have tried much of it before unless you have already visited. However, as street food in Siem Reap is not quite as safe as that in Thailand, one thing to remember is to be careful and to exercise more caution there than you would in other places. Indochina tours Cambodia

1- Lort Cha – Cambodian Short Stir-Fried Egg Noodles

Lort cha

Lort cha- source: internet

A stir-fried dish including Lort which are short fat rice noodles, with chives, Chinese broccoli and bean sprouts, Lort cha is one of the most popular Cambodian street foods. Typically, this dish is topped with a fried egg after being cooked with beef. A thick red sauce which is spicy and sweet is served with this dish. And you can add red chilies to your meal if you want more spice.

Where to Have It

At the local markets or on the streets in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, Lort cha vendors are easily found. Typically, Lort cha is prepared on food cart with a large stir-fried pan. With a great mix of protein and a nice amount of vegetables, Lort cha is a very tasty dish and definitely a must try in Cambodia!

2- Num Pang: Typical Cambodian Sandwich

Num pang

Num pang -source: internet

Vietnamese or Vietnamese baguette lovers can easily recognize this popular Vietnamese ingredient in Cambodia. Brought to Cambodia by the French in the Indochina colonization time, baguette is called Num pang by Cambodians. Typically, this sandwich is served with meaty ingredients such as pork, ham or pate, served with onions, chives, carrots and cucumber. Cambodia travel packages

Where to Have It

Outside of markets or near office buildings are where you can find Num pang street vendors with their carts. With the baguettes exposed on the carts, they are easily identifiable.

Siem Reap

Num Pang, street vendor in Siem Reap

Num Pang, street vendor in Siem Reap- source: internet

The local market called Pho Langka Market is a highly recommended place to have num pang in Siem Reap. You will find one dedicated vendor of the Khmer sandwiches is where you can enjoy a tasty num pang with a slightly sour and sweet hint of flavors.

Pho Langka Market

  • Address: Along Siem Reap River in the north part of town. Look for the cart saying Khmer Sandwiches No MSG.
  • Hours: Mid-day lunch time
  • Prices: 3,000 Riel per sandwich (about $0.75 USD)

3- Cambodian Bamboo Sticky Rice

Known as Kralan in Khmer, bamboo sticky rice is a type of sticky rice mixed with black beans grated coconut and coconut milk roasted in bamboo sticks. Packed into a bamboo stick, the mixture is roasted slowly over a charcoal fire till well cooked. With the sweet and slightly salty with hints of smoky flavor taste, bamboo sticky rice is quite delicious for a filling meal at anytime of the day.

Chive cakes

Chive cakes- source: internet

Where to Have It

In Siem Reap, you will find ladies on bicycles selling bamboo sticky rice around the Angkor Wat World Heritage Site. Visit any one of them to enjoy this sweet and salty roasted dessert. They sell the sticky rice in three sizes: small, medium and large with the price ranging from 2000 Riel to 4000 Riel (about from $0.49 USD to $0.98 USD).

4- Chive Cakes: Delicious Chinese Originating Snacks

Mobile street vendors selling small chive cakes is one sight you will see often on all the streets in Cambodia. These chive cakes – also known as Num Kachay made with glutinous rice flour are fried in shallow pans and finally served with a spicy and sweet fish sauce. The ingredients of this popular Cambodian street food originating from China are simple, but the taste is incredibly stunning. They are chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The flavors blend together perfectly in the mouth when being dipped into the sweet spicy fish sauce.

Where to Have It

Mobile street vendors with Chives can be found pretty much everywhere. Look for the vendors at the local markets or at busy street corners in the afternoons. The vendors always sell hot cake, which reduces the risk of being sick. And they can be sold by the piece, with the price of each Chive Cake being at about 500 Riel (approx USD $0.12).

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