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The Top 10 Foods to Try in Cambodia

We all live extremely hectic lives, rushing from work to school to home and back to work. It is always nice to end each day with a relaxing meal. Cambodia is popular with its food types that are memorable for their unique taste and ingredient selection. Others make an impression with their location and overall experience they create. Then there is that select of eatery that ticks both boxes. Here, we will look at the top 10 foods to try in Cambodia.

1-Nom banh chok

If you like a good and full breakfast, then this dish is for you. It features noodles, fish-based green curry made from lemongrass, turmeric root and kaffir lime. It’s served with fresh mint leaves, bean sprouts, green beans, banana flower, cucumbers and various green leaves which are all topped on the noodles made from rice.

2-Fish Amok

You can sample one of the most popular foods in Cambodia by taking this dish. Cambodians have continued using the handcrafted techniques and the food is presented in a banana leaf or just an ordinary looking bowl. Kroeung which is the curry paste is the main ingredient which is used together with Galangal, lemongrass, shallots, garlic, turmeric, and chillies.

The chilli powder is made from chillis, which contains a high amount of capsaicin – the stuff that makes chillis hot. Coconut milk, white fish and kaffir lime leaves are added.

3-Khmer Red Curry

Taste the goodness of Cambodia food with this dish. The sauce is made from coconut ilk. Beef, chicken and/or fish, eggplant, green beans, potatoes, lemon grass and kroeung are all used to prepare this meal. To make a complete meal is served with bread.


This is a grilled squid which is prepared through barbecue. Wire grills are placed on top of either the wood or you can use coals to prepare the squid. It is served with other food including some green vegetables. The pepper and lime are mixed with it to make the meal.

5-Khmer Barbecue

“When you are in Rome do what that Romans do,” the Cambodians have barbecue small restaurants sprouting everywhere. Their main menu consists of the squid, beef, port, chicken, fish, vegetables and can use pepper mixed with lime as your ingredients. you are served with a clay pot and are supposed to cook the meal yourself.

6-Kdam chaa

This is a fried crab used with kampot pepper and garlic. It brings that unique flavor to the meal and is a common meal to the locals.

7-Fried Fish

Prepared by deep-frying it on a hotplate and mixed with coconut curry, it is also one of the favorite meals. Some of the other ingredients include: kroeung and chillies.. Cauliflower and cabbage are cooked in the curry and they normally serve with rice or rice noodles.

8-Beef Lok Lak

This dish is served all around Cambodia though its origins are from Vietnam. It’s beef
Served wit rice or rice noodles.

9-Lap Khmer

The lime-marinated beef salad comes with distinctive different flavors. It’s topped up with lemongrass, fish sauce, Asian basil, mint, green beans and green pepper. It can be taken raw or cooked.

10-Samlor Machu Trey

This soup has three tastes which are sweet, bitter and just spicy. They serve it with white fish, celery, garlic, lemon grass , tamarind, bean sprouts, pineapple.
You cannot say you have tasted Cambodia food without trying these dishes.

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