Dedicating this post to some of the tastiest dishes I’ve tried in Cambodia! In honor of Anthony Bourdain, I am also sharing his No Reservations Cambodia episode. I probably won’t get to the places he tried, but I’ll do my best to keep this page updated!
Chicken Amok — homemade
Fish or chicken amok is another staple of Khmer cuisine. During my trip to Siem Reap, I took a cooking class where we made pumpkin custard, fresh spring rolls, and chicken amok. It was honestly one of the most delicious meals I’ve had in a long time.
Lok Lak — from Kinin
Every guide book and website will tell you to try Lok Lak while in Cambodia. It’s essentially just cubed beef stir fried with some onions, but the lime pepper sauce is what makes it super special.
Num Banh Chok (Khmer rice noodles with yellow fish curry) — from the street
This is a traditional breakfast you can get practically anywhere. A well-known Khmer folk tale about num banh chok tells the story of a Cambodian who introduced rice noodles to the Chinese.
Grilled chicken with yellow rice (and a mango smoothie) — from the Russian Market
The Russian Market (Tuol Tom Poung Market) is packed in the morning and early afternoon with people eating at various food vendors. This dish is a common breakfast food for many locals.
Lort Cha — from the street
These short, stir-fried rice noodles are one of the most popular street foods in Cambodia. I ordered the noodles and ate at a small cafe in the area. The dish often served with a fried egg on top and a very spicy chili sauce.
Khmer-style shrimp in a garlic lemongrass sauce — from Nesat
This is a phenomenal seafood house that attracts both locals and expats. I ate here after a Kundalini yoga class and finished the meal with a scoop of homemade mango ice cream.
Halal chicken curry — from Integrite:
This is actually a Bruneian dish. The restaurant is run by a couple that moved to PP a few years ago and transformed their traditional Khmer home into a restaurant/bar/cafe/boutique.
Hand-pulled noodle soup with duck — from De Magic Noodle
This place is a short bike ride from where I live. It’s a fun place to go to, especially to watch the noodles being made through a large window in the back of the restaurant.
Stir-fried shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce — from the Russian Market
Every night, the back-side of the Russian Market turns into a huge food scene. I live right in the area, and it is a great place to get relatively cheap food. A majority of the vendors sell fresh seafood.
Mango and chicken stir-fry with cashews and chive flowers — from Friends
Friends the Restaurant trains marginalized young people and students in Phnom Penh. I ate dinner here after visiting Wat Phnom.
Grilled pork (with un-pictured dumplings) — from The Snack
This was actually my first meal/snack in Cambodia. I had no idea what to get and sort of just pointed to a random thing on the menu. It all worked out well, though!