Now that you're here in Cambodia, it's quite silly to scarf down a pizza where there's so many delicious local dishes to choose from. Open your minds and tastebuds, for crying out loud. Well, here's a couple of safe dishes that's guaranteed to go down well, even with fussy palattes as they don't contain dog, cat or worms. Here's a sample of what the divas ate at a little local restaurant at Kbal Spean. Everything was good, safe and fresh..
Soups in Cambodia are generally clear with a taste that hinges on a combination of sweet and sour. Think Tom Yam without the zest of chillies and you'll get Cambodian.The surprising thing is that these soups are cooked with fruits, that's why the sweet and tart taste . Try "Machoe Youn Saich Trey",a delicious concoction of catfish, tomato, pineapple, courgette, basil.
The divas ate delicious Chicken fried with Sesame Oil and Ginger and Sauteed Beef with Vegetables or "Saich ko char manor "
If you're dying to try the local grub but feel to wary to eat at the local stalls, head for Buddha Lounge. Everthing there is good. Try the Chicken fried with Pumpkin and the Tom Kha Kai ( Thai coconut based chicken soup ) . The dishes are reasonably priced too, for about USD4-5 per plate. You can order a cool Tokolok ( cool fruit drink, blended with condensed milk ) to go with your meals.
Though I am a big proponent of eating only the local dishes, it can get tedious in a place like Cambodia where the diversity is somewhat limited. Also, it is not a world class cuisine as say Thai or Vietnamese food is. We tried more than our share of Cambodian delicacies but we found some great Indian food on our travels too and at prices that have us still hankering for a curry. Taj Mahal was no exception. One cool feature was that the walls were lined with the flags of the world. This gave us something to check out while we waited for our delicious meal to come out. It was upscale compared to the local market just across the street but the prices were very reasonable for the quality and portion sizes served. In fact, we went back twice it was so good.
Favorite Dish: On one visit, we had butter chicken ($4), chicken tikka masala ($4), nan ($1!), chapatti (50 cents) and a lassi ($1.50). Of course $13.50 is enough to eat all day at local food stalls. Hell, some could get their room and eat for that much but you’d have a hard time getting just one dish for that price back home at an Indian restaurant. Also, the meat quality was up to Western standards and a far cry from what you generally find in your soup at the market. We also were stuffed and could have got away with a few less dishes.
The Soup Dragon was nearly one of the biggest disappointments in Cambodia. This might sounds overly dramatic but I love my food and one of the main things that drew me to the current trip of Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos was the cuisine of Vietnam, particularly their flagship soup of pho. Of course, we’d had more than our share of it in Vietnam but we also enjoyed it in Laos and in Cambodia as well. Since this was our last stop, we wanted to have a few more bowls before heading home. The Soup Dragon sounded like just the place but on our visit, we were put off by the upscale look of the place and the over-priced menu that did not feature Pho. We passed on it but still curious, we went back the next morning to see if their breakfast offering was any better.
Favorite Dish: This might sound odd but pho is traditionally a breakfast food so it was worth a try. We were happy to find it was not only on the menu but also that the prices were far more reasonable and in the local currency rather than dollars as it they had been the night before. Not only was it cheap at 2500 riel (about sixty cents), but it was the real thing too; a big brimming bowl of noodles and broth, with rare slices of beef cooking itself right on top. It came with the prerequisite soy beans, mint/coriander leaves, chilies, and wedges of lime that give it its signature flavor too. On subsequent visits we tried also a Cambodian stew that was equally tasty; it had a thicker spicier broth with big hunks of stewing beef cooked to marvelous perfection. The caper was it was served with an out of the oven French baguette that went perfectly with the rich sauce. Top this off with an ice coffee and you have the perfect breakfast. One note of caution is these dishes are only served for breakfast and lunch. They cannot be had on the dinner menu. This makes it tough when you are visiting the temples as you generally leave for the ruins before breakfast to catch the sunrise and do not return until after sunset. So, what we did was ask our driver to bring us back into town for lunch one time so we could enjoy the Soup Dragon on our last day in town.
We came back to this restaurant three times. Food was delicious and there was something really genuine in this place... The only waitor in this place had an enormous resemblance with Goofy, we thought - he was very nice, a little clumsy and had a mantra: "Sorry late!"
Best place to dine in town!
It is very occasional to find this restaurant since it is just located within a few steps from our guesthouse. But we feel very fortunate to find it as it provides the best cambodia food in town.
All of us are on the backpack travel. But it is unbelievable we spent every dinner in this cosy restaurant to enjoy the local food.
The service of the staff here is comparatively professional and satisfactory, with a neat decoration style in the local culture.
Sorry guys, I put the photos of you as a free ad. for the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Hot Pot is very tasty with special flavor and also enough for sharing.
Not many know this but there is a lot of Chinese influence on Cambodian food. Kuytheav, the noodle dish is a good example. It was originally brought to Cambodia by the Chinese pioneers who settled in the surrounding region.
Favorite Dish: If you're keen to try the local Cambodian cuisine, I'd recommend the delicious Kuytheav. It's a beef-noodle soup dish, somewhat similar to Vietnam's "pho bo". You'll find medium rare pieces of beef simmered in delicious broth and garnished with bean sprouts, crisp green chives and soft rice noodles. I had mine at a dinner buffet (USD12?) in Jasmine Angkor Restaurant. Other than the noodles, there were mouth-watering desserts, fresh fruits, fried rice, fish, beef, papaya salads, etc etc
Your driver gets to eat for free if you dine there. So do a good deed today. There was also free entertainment ( apsara dancing) but it paled to the one I saw at Grand Hotel.
Tired of going to other resto outside??? Well, no need to go outside 'coz the pension/guest house where you are staying offers western food---of course, you can take your meal for a tourist price!!!
Favorite Dish: (Jan. 1-5, 2004)
1. Rice - US $ 0.20
2. Vegetables with meat - US $ 1.50
3. Other meal - US $ 1.50 to US $ 2.50
4. Ice Tea - US $ 0.30
5. Coke - US $ 0.40
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is being served near the temples. Prices are quoted in dollars! Cheapest one is US$ 1.50 for a rice and dish and expensive one is high as US$ 3.00.
Favorite Dish: Jan. 2, 2004
Lunch : (near Bayon Temple)
1. Vegetables with rice - US$ 1.50
2. Fruit shake - US$ 1.00
Jan. 3, 2004
Lunch: (near Prasat Neak Pean)
1. Vegetables with rice - US$ 1.50
2. Coconut juice - US$ 1.00
During our walk in the town we choosed Kampuccino Pizza at the riverside of the Siem Reap for our late lunch. It is a lovely and relaxed place under the shady arcade behind the abundant green plants. We took our time before we continued our second part of our walk in town.
After our lunch we crossed the road to have a look at the river and backwards to the nice architecture of the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: After many days Asian, Thai and Khmer food it was time for something else. So I choose mezze from the Middle East, Italian foccaccio and Indian lassi. A international mix from all over the globe which not disappointed me at all.
Two times we went for dinner to the Soup Dragon Restaurant. From the balcony at the first floor we had a nice overview of the street where most restaurants are, one block north of the Psar Chaa.
Though the restaurant is known because of its Vietnamese dishes we went there because of the wide range of dishes from all over the globe .... like asian, italian, middle eastern. I was at a point in my trip that I liked to eat something else as asian dishes.
Favorite Dish: I especially liked the nicily decorated salads and the lebanese meze.
(Jan. 4, 2004)
For a tourist price, the cheapest meal was US$ 1.50 but for locals, it was just 2,000 riels or US$ 0.50.
My driver and I took our lunch/dinner here and my local-driver was the one who ordered our food! So, I just paid a total of US$ 1.00 for us. My driver told me not to talk even a single word! I gave him US$ 1.00 and he's the one who paid it! Save US$ 2.00...
Your hired local motorbike-driver could be as friendly as possible and he could even help you save your dollars! But never tell to other drivers 'coz he might be in trouble.....
Locals come here after having a dip in the resvoir or just to have some tasty bbq. Some huts hang over a raven and you sit on the reed mats, with babies rocking in hammocks nearby. Hammocks were obviously not intended for big Western butts - we ended up on the floor when we tried them
Tasty fresh fish, chicken, chicken hearts, etc.You select your meat on a stick, some fruit and order plates of plain sticky rice - wash it down with some local brew.
Its amazing spot, great to hang with the locals and its cheap :)
Favorite Dish: Fish - not only is it fresh but you dip it into a combination of freshly squeezed lime juice, ground black pepper and a bit of salt.
If you are looking for good local food served in a nice surrounding ... the place you want to go is Bopha Restaurant!
They have a set meal that includes a bit of everithing that has to be tried and is 12 USD/person! Woth it! Believe me!
The picture talks for itself I guess!?
The old market Psar Chaa has many foodstalls. If you like a local Khmer meal for a very cheap price, this is the place to go. Eating here is even cheaper as buying your own ingredients at the market and surrounding supermarkets.
The stalls area at Psar Chaa is crowded with many local people coming here to eat at lunch or dinner time. You can have a look yourself in the pots to see what is cooking. Some stalls have also a menu or sign in english, so you can order. I didn't eat here myself, but the food looked good and fresh.
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