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While not as spicy or as varied as food from neighbouring Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Singapore or Vietnam, Khmer food is tasty and cheap and is invariably accompanied by rice (or occasionally noodles).

Khmer dishes

Typical Khmer dishes which are palatable to westerners include:


The most popular Cambodian dish with travellers. A coconut milk curry dish less spicy than those found in Thailand. Amok is usually made with chicken, fish, or shrimp, plus some vegetables. It is sometimes served in a hollowed-out coconut with rice on the side. Quite delicious.  

K'tieu (Kuytheav)

A noodle soup generally served for breakfast. Can be made with pork, beef or seafood. Flavorings are added to the customers taste in the form of lime juice, chili powder, sugar and fish sauce. 

Somlah Machou Khmae

A sweet and sour soup made with pineapple, tomatoes and fish.  

Bai Saik Ch'rouk

Another breakfast staple. Rice (bai) with pork meat (sec trouk) often barbequed. Very tasty and served with some pickled vegetables.  

Saik Ch'rouk Cha Kn'yei

Pork fried with ginger. Ginger is relatively commonly used as a vegetable. This tasty dish is available just about everywhere. 

Lok Lak

Chopped up beefsteak cooked quickly. Probably a holdover from the days of French colonization. Served with lettuce and onion, and often with chips. 

Mi/Bai Chaa

Fried noodles or rice. Never particularly inspiring, but a good traveller's staple.  

Trey Ch'ien Chou 'Ayme

Trey (fish) fried with a sweet chili sauce and vegetables. Very tasty. Chou 'ayme is the phrase for "sweet and sour". 


Kampot in the south is famous for its crab cooked in pepper. A very tasty meal.


Don't forget Khmer desserts - Pong Aime (sweets). These are available from stalls in most Khmer towns and can be excellent. Choose from a variety of sweetmeats and have them served with ice, condensed milk and sugar water. A must try is the Tuk-a-loc, a blended drink of fruits, raw egg, sweetened condensed milk and ice.

Fresh fruits

There is also a wide variety of fresh fruit available from markets. The prices vary according to which fruit is in season but mangoes (around Khmer New Year, with up to 9 varieties on sale) and mangosteen (May/June) are both superb.

Local delicacies

Other popular Khmer foods which are less palatable to westerners include pregnant eggs (duck eggs with the embryo still inside), Prahok (a fermented fish paste) and almost every variety of creepy or crawly animal (spiders, crickets, water beetles) as well as barbecued rats, frogs, snakes, bats and small birds.


Restaurants in Cambodia

Indian Muslim Maharajah
in Siem Reap
Cafe, Light Food, Soups, Tea Camory Cookie Boutique
A cafe-cum-development project that trains chefs and plows back money into humanitarian causes. The ''Sreh T'nout'' cookie, made from a rich combo of chocolate, nuts and palm sugar, is their best seller.Directionsbetween St. 110 and 118
Low Budget, in Phnom Penh
Thai Tom Yum Kung Thai Restaurant
hatch-roofed Thai/Khmer restaurant in the BKK1 area, popular with locals and visitors alike. Big selection of absolutely authentically prepared Thai and Khmer dishes for a bargain price. As one might expect, the tom yum kung is recommended. Provides air-conditio... more
Low Budget, in Phnom Penh
International Asian Spice Cafe Pub
79 St 111, 50 metre off Sihanouk Blvd (opp. Sport shop). Long established Cafe(since 2006) with a Pub upstairs, owned by a Singaporean (ex. Chef of Intercontinental Hotel, Phnom Penh), with the help of his Khmer wife & family, it's has become very popula... more
Low Budget, in Phnom Penh
International Comme a la Maison
No. 13 St. 57, Set in a pleasant garden terrace and has a laid-back but stylish French feel. Comme a la Maison offers good value, pizza and salads are superb. The ice-cream desserts alone make the trip worth it with professional, warm service.
Low Budget, in Phnom Penh
International Home Away From Home
Street 93, is a small family run restaurant. Dishes are around US$2-3 and service is very friendly, but you may have to be patient if a bunch of people just ordered before you.
Low Budget, in Phnom Penh
Indian K.K. Tandoor
Moderately priced Indian food with chicken tandoori, butter chicken and Naans as the specialty of this air-conditioned restaurant. You can get draft beer for a dollar. Sothearos blvd, opposite vietnamese monument and next to Pannasastra University campus.
Low Budget, in Phnom Penh
French La Croisette
corner of Sisowath Quay and Street 144, is a French sidewalk café that's open all day.
Low Budget, in Phnom Penh
International La Lotus Blanc
402 Stung Mean Chey and n152 St51 Boeung Keng Kang. Offering dishes from both the French and the Asian cuisines, this restaurant has become quite a popular neighborhood hub. The prices are very reasonable and the fact that the food is prepared and served by stud... more
Low Budget, in Phnom Penh
Thai Setsara Thai Restaurant
3D Street 278, is a very nice little Thai restaurant with a really good Thai chef, good music, reasonable prices and good service though a bit slow sometimes. They have some good French specialties as well.
Low Budget, in Phnom Penh
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