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10 interesting street food you should try in Cambodia

By Rushenka Christopher - May 5, 2020
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Trying out the local food of a country while traveling makes the experience all the more exciting. Cambodia is a galore of the best street food you will find in southeast Asia. This beautiful country has stalls that serve the most authentic street food that costs close to nothing. Your taste buds are going to be on their own vacation while you are doing your thing. The variety is endless and your heart and tummy will thank you at the end of this trip for sure.

Here’s a carefully curated list of the top 10 dishes you should try while you’re in Cambodia-

Grilled Pork

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The aroma of this grilled meat will automatically draw you to one of the many stalls that sell these. This is considered an all-day snack where you can grab a skewer served with rice, vegetables, and pickles for breakfast or you can go for the Barbeque style skewer that’s topped with herbs and condiments any time of the day. These are fun and healthy snacks that you can substitute with chicken or seafood as well.

Balut

Balut
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This proteinaceous snack is a local favorite. These fertilized duck embryos are served straight out of their eggshell and aren’t loaded with too many herbs. You can sprinkle some salt and pepper or even add a few drops of lemon for an extra zing.

Pork Bun

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This is probably one of the simplest yet most authentic way to enjoy the flavors of Cambodia. These hard-boiled buns are stuffed with patiently cooked pork and eggs. The fact that it’s not loaded with too many condiments allows you to truly taste the meat and the texture of this dish. This is a popular afternoon snack amongst the locals who strictly believe in having these delicious Pork Buns only when they are steaming hot.

Fish Amok

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This is a fancy Khmer dish that you can find anywhere in the country. This dish involves cooking fish moose wrapped in banana leaves in a creamy coconut curry. To add more layers to the taste, herbs like lemongrass, turmeric root, and Kammer Lime are added along with the most famous Slok Ngor which is a local herb that adds a distinctive bitterness to the fish which makes it yummier somehow.

Lok Lak

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Although this dish originated in Vietnam, it has a newfound meaning in Cambodia. This very popular dish is basically the perfect wrap that has all your favorites in it. With juicy beef stir-fried and sandwiched between sweet tomatoes, raw cucumber, fresh onions, and crispy lettuce, you can grab one on the go. You can also season it with some lime juice and black pepper.

Iced Coffee

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You will start to question every other cup of Iced Coffee you try this one. This cup is overloaded with sweetness and is the perfect blend of slow-roasted coffee beans that are locally produced and some delicious condensed milk. This is an absolute treat and you can find these anywhere in the Phnom Penh area.

Kuy Teav

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If you want to have a heartwarming meal that instantly lights up your mood, you should try Kuy Teav. This bowl of noodle soup is super filling with hand-cut noodles cooked with delicious herbs and meat. You can add intestines or meat blood to your soup as well if that’s your thing.

Chive Cake

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Although it owes its origin to China, the people of Cambodia have got their spin on this delicacy. This snack is pan-fried and it is crispy on the outside while it’s soft on the inside. It’s a pretty simple yet absolutely delicious dish that has only rice flour and chives as its main ingredients. You can dip it in some fish sauce or hot and spicy sauce from some extra flavor.

Coconut Ice Cream

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Even thought of having ice cream with a baguette? I mean, who would have thought of that combination? The people in Cambodia did think this through and they have absolutely nailed it. This Ice cream is as organic as it gets and it is served with baguettes, chocolate wafers, condensed milk, or a drizzle of peanuts. This sure is the way to beat the weather.

Kralan

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This is yet another interesting dish that you should try while you’re strolling the streets of Cambodia. Sticky rice and black beans are perfectly blended with coconut milk and stuffed inside a bamboo stick. The stick is roasted in burning charcoal which makes this dish so much more fun with the smoky flavor in every bite you take. It is a perfect way to control those hunger pangs before you head out for dinner.

For those of you who are vegetarian, reading this might have been terrifying but fret not. There are hundreds of vegetarian food options that are widely available all over Cambodia. You can ask for it while you’re placing your order and you can definitely find alternatives to these. While these are the most interesting street food options available in the country, you can always discover so many more dishes that you may like. Your options are literally endless when it comes to the variety of street food that you can find in Cambodia.

If you cannot wait to get your hands on these delicious dishes, head over to Pickyoutrail.com and pick your favorite Cambodia travel package and get planning. Those hunger pangs deserve to be treated, don’t they?

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