various in Siem Reap....: wide array of flavors...
Khmer Kitchen - cheap and good local food.... near river market, off main street...
InTouch -- on main pub street, more pricey, compared to others... the best PadThai I've had outside of BKK..... mixed fruit shakes.. perfect...
AMOK - alleyway off main PUB st...... so exquisite....
Cambodian BBQ - we had snake, ostrich, kangaroo..... hot pot like cooking....
Happy Pizza.... you want to be happy... you can get it here... and you get happiness.....
restaurants near temples -- all have good basic food -- if the tuk tuk driver takes you there... prices tend to be a bit higher.... US$2-3, instead of 1-2..... if you are in a budget.. .that makes a difference... but locals get charged lower prices.....
Banana Leaf -- has great ice cream.....
Indochine -- pricier -- great fish Amok..... main avenue towards AW main entrance.....
Favorite Dish: all rests had their enchantment...
lovely people work at them.....
group of 5 - hard for some to make up their minds.... everyone was pleased at some point or another....Related to:
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The Blue Pumpkin in Siem Reap: great bakery...
They have ice cream -- home made....
ginger nougatine/caramel cashew/mango/coconut, etc... start salivating....
the pastries.... very close to what you have in France.... extremely close I mean!!!
so good... every nite we bought our bfast for the next day - at half price.... so good, yummy, delicious... the best way to end and begin a day.....
Favorite Dish: everything is good....
prices are good.....
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phnom penh icecream
if you see a man pushing around a bright orange ice box with a phnom penh ice cream written on it, BUY ONE. it's only 500 riel. dont get ripped off. most of the vendors couldnt speak english, so we resorted to gesturing. just fyi, the white icecream is coconut, the white with orange bits is jackfruit, there's also coffee and others. i had that almost every time i saw it! Excellent stuff!
to the right of bantaey srea spa, facing the spa.: top chef, now a street vendor
this guy was formally a top chef. we were amazed when we stopped by for some supper (he opens at 6pm and closes when he sells out), and found that he had the "shake the wok" technique. you know, the one where chefs dont just stir the food, but flips it all around to spread the taste. he spoke excellent mandarin as he had worked for chinese restaurants before that. his cousin who helps out at the stall speaks excellent english, having worked at intercontinetal before they opened this stall.
he serves friedrice and noodles, and they come with a GENEROUS serving of meat and vegetables. locals pay 3000r, but despite knowing this we paid 5000r as he was really a nice and hardworking chap. he tells us that he makes 10USD a day, a far cry from what he used to earn as a top chef.
All local foodstalls: We get special rates
Beware of local foodstalls with English menus, most of them have special rates for us tourists.
Just a rough guide for street food, fried noodles and rice should cost about 3000r for locals. As tourists, pay up to 4000r-5000r. You should not pay more than 4000r for pho-like noodles too. Of course, you can get cheaper and yummier food from local-frequented places. Pushcarts serve cheap food as well. A packet of fried noodles from a mobile pushcard (topped with a sunnysideup!) set us back at only 1000r.
Bugs galore, at roadside stalls: Bugs!
Would you dare eat Bugs?
My travelmate did, and reported that they tasted a bit like crab. Very, very yummy, he says. You can give the stall owner 2000r-1usd and tell them to give you a bit of each. There's a huge assortment to choose from. Available in front of the National Musuem. At the Big field
available at all roadside stalls: Fully formed duck eggs?
Fully formed duck eggs. You can see the shape of its skeleton, its head and its body and everything. Kinda uncivilised, but was yummy anyway. Eaten with salt... expect to pay 1000 or 2000riel each. If you eat it at the big field in front of the royal palace, facing the tonlesap river, you get a free mat too! Many locals hang out there every night, so it was great to hobnob with locals and watch them laugh at us squealing at the sight of a fully-formed embryo.
We had a sumptous meal at a roadside claypot steamboat place. It was located at an area where there were three of such restaurants - two served shabushabu-like meals (grilled meat and stuff. typical jap/korean fare), and the third, claypot steamboat.
We paid something like 7-10USD for three people. Very satisfying!
Foreign Correspondent's Club: Foreign Correspondent's Club
FCC is very well-known and well-attended. I saw a lot of well-dressed Western expats dining there. While dressing up is not a must, FCC felt to me like a place out of Cambodia. I did not sample their food as we had already eaten. The ambience was quite OK, go to the top level if you want a good view. Prices are on the high-side, and you can get a similar view at cheaper prices at the bar just across the road and facing FCC. Many of the bars along the road have Happy Hour timings (before 8pm), and Angkor beer for 50cents. Therefore, unless you are really out to treat yourself, don't go to FCC.
street vendor cart: Sample the Water Beetles!
In order to experience the local cuisine in Cambodia......try an authentic snack that crawls up on the banks of the river in Siem Reap. They have four legs and are quite crunchy! The street vendor will instruct you if you are daring enough to try it: Water Beetles! You will need to tear off the wings first, and then a crunchy part that runs along it's belly, but then you are good to go..... and there isn't a squirt in the middle.
The taste is all crunchy and salty, and comes in two different varieties. I found large black beetles, and smaller brown ones. I only tried the black one and it wasn't half bad!Related to:
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any by the beach: Best seafood you can have!
A must when visiting Sihanoukville is to try the local seafood. It is honestly some of the best seafood I've had in my life, particularly the fish. Even my friend who ususally is extremely picky with fish (her father's a fisherman) was impressed. It doesn't really matter which restaurant you go to I think, we went to several on Serendipity Beach and I can't really say whose seafood was the best, they were all so good. Best thing is to have the fish that's the specialty on their menu, delicious!Related to:
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Angkor Palm: Simply Yummy Khmer Food
The menu displayed at their entrance seemed attractive, that triggered us to give it a try. As we enter the restaurant we were impressed by the deco that looked so classy yet with a local touch. The boss and serving staffs are so friendly, we enjoyed chatting with them while waiting for our food. We ordered their speciality Amok Fish set and another set (can't remember the name) and both turned out delicious and reasonably-priced.
Sad that we had no time to go back again :( Boss mentioned they are having video show and massage in the night time. Hate to miss it!
Mandalay Inn's Restaurant: Asian Delights!
First of all, i should qualify this tip by saying we stayed at this guesthouse, hence there was familiarity with the 'management'. Also, the style of their food includes Khmer, Myanmar, Chinese and also western. Usually, the dish comes with both meat, vegetables, soup and a plate of rice costing USD2 - 3. The food is usually flavourful, with the fragrance of local herbs and spices. But the most 'important' tip i can give, is that you should try to order their Myanmar-style food for it seems to come with a larger portion of meat (that's my personal observtion)! All in all, i think they give good value for money!
Favorite Dish: A must try is the "Fish Amok", which is a boneless fish dish cooked in coconut milk. Lots of other unrecognizable veges in the soup too. Also, since we stayed there, their provided breakfast of egg omelette tastes yummy too... You can ask for it plain or with tomatoes, and i'm sure they would entertain walk-in guests too.
Soup Dragon: Filling soup in Siem Reap
Nicely decorated and a bit romantic (you dine by candlelight). The food is very good, with large delicious soups and many Vietnamese selections. The wait satff are gracious and helpful.
Favorite Dish: The large bowl of soup with chicken, rice noodles and fresh vegRelated to:
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various: Roadside stalls
If you're game, there are many roadside (and attraction-side) foodstalls. Serving up good food, usually chicken, eggs, vegatables, rice and such. They're a cheap and convenient option. All dishes seem to cost $1 everywhere you go ( US dollars are always appreciated ). It's usually run by a woman, and her kids are most often running about...or standing around staring at you!Related to:
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