Cambodian street food offers unique and surprising delicacies that are foreign to the eyes and stomachs of most visitors. It is not for the squeamish travelers. That said, street food in Cambodia will give you an amazing experience, a real culinary adventure. As you dive deeper into the Khmer street food culture, you will find rare treats and wonderful delicacies.
Lort Cha: Cambodian Short Stir-Fried Egg Noodles
Lort cha is one of the most popular Cambodian street food. It is a stir-fried dish consisting of Lort which are short fat rice noodles, with bean sprouts, Chinese broccoli, and chives. It is typically cooked with beef and topped with a fried egg.The dish is served with a thick red sauce which is sweet and spicy. And if you want more spice, you can add red chilies to your meal.The price is between 5000 riel to 12000 riel.if traveler wanna try it you can find in Phnom Penh area especially around Central Market.
Nom Pag Dak Sach: Typical Cambodian Sandwich
Nom Pag Dak Sach it is familiar with Vietnamese ingredient in Cambodia: the baguette. Brought by the French during the Indochina colonization period, Cambodia calls it Num pang.
This sandwich is typically served with meaty ingredients such as pate, ham or pork served with cucumber, carrots, chives and onions. Price 7000 riel to 10000 riel per sandwich, if traveler wanna try it you can find in Phnom Penh area especially around Central Market.
Snails: Surprising Cambodian Street Food
One of the very first things we noticed when we arrived in Phnom Penh were street vendors with long flat carts on wheels. Their carts are strategically placed under the hot burning sun loaded with freshwater snails. The snails have been seasoned and cooked previously before being dried under the sun.The snails are spiced either with red chili sauce or with garlic and salt. Sold by the bucket or the cup, it makes for an interesting treat to snack on!
Chive cakes,also known as in Khmer called Num Kachay, are a popular street food in Cambodia, originating from China. While the ingredients are simple, the taste is surprisingly delicious.They are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. When dipped into the sweet spicy fish sauce, the flavors blend together perfectly in the mouth. This was one of our favorite Cambodian street food. The price 1000 riel to 4000 riel for each.
Deep Fried Bread and Shrimp Cakes : Popular Cambodian Snack Food.
At the local markets in Siem Reap, we were struck by the abundance of fried bread and shrimp cakes. You see vendors at various stalls bending over the hot flames to produce golden, crispy French bread topped with delicious fried shrimp.After being tempted by one particular vendor’s freshly cooked batch, we gave in and bought some to eat for lunch. While we typically do not enjoy fried foods, we surprisingly delighted. Get a freshly cooked batch and expect to pay between 500 Riel to 10000 Riel.
Grilled Worms and Crickets: Unique Cambodia Steet Food
Worms and crickets are probably two of the most popular bugs you will find in Cambodia, in addition to red ants tree. Yes, you will also find edible spiders and scorpions, though these multi-legged arachnids to be more popular amongst tourist than with locals.And to be honest, worms and crickets are far more enticing, in our opinion, to taste than spiders and scorpions.
Cambodia Iced Coffee
It is Cambodia’s drip coffee served with condensed milk. Sweet and strong, the coffee can be served black with ice, or with condensed milk for an even sweeter taste. Rosemary, the coffee drinker preferred it with condensed milk. The rapidly melting ice dilutes the strength of the coffee and the sugar making it much more tolerable.It is Cambodia’s drip coffee served with condensed milk. Sweet and strong, the coffee can be served black with ice, or with condensed milk for an even sweeter taste. Rosemary, the coffee drinker preferred it with condensed milk. The rapidly melting ice dilutes the strength of the coffee and the sugar making it much more tolerable.
During the peak morning hours and after school/work in the afternoons, the coffee carts are visible everywhere. Choose from any street cart and try Cambodian Iced Coffee. This experience will set you back between 2500 – 3000 Riel.
Street Food BBQ: Freshly Grilled Squid Skewers
Street food BBQ is quite common and popular. At dusk, vendors pop up around markets and on busy streets, grilling various dishes for dinner time.For seafood BBQ, go for the grilled squid. Served with chili sauce, they are as delightful as they are impressive in size! Where you have it? Walk around any of the local markets like Russi Market and Central Market around 6:00 pm or after the markets close. You will see many street food carts selling all sorts of BBQ meat and seafood including squids. During the day, your best bet for grilled squid is at the markets.The price is about 10000 Riel to 40000 Riel for each.
Meat ball is very the famous snack food for Cambodian people. There are many type of meat ball to choose as Fish meat ball, beef meat ball,chicken meat ball..ect,.that mix together to grill with the spicy source.