Among our Cambodia day tour programs today, we would like to introduce you Cambodian cuisine, especially delicious street foods. Let’s uncover hidden charms of Cambodian cultural life within featured street foods of people here. Here’s our guide to the best street foods you must try in Cambodia.
Chive cakes (num kachay)
Chive Cakes, also known as Num kachay, is originated in China. Put aside the heaps of heavy herbs and spices in a recipe of Chinese, Cambodians keep their Chive Cakes simple with just rice flour and chopped chives as primary ingredients. Garlic, sauce, baking soda, sugar, pepper are added, which help food taste better. Then, the cakes are fried on a hot shallow pan in a seriously generous amount of oil. They will be served up with a very sweet, spicy popular Southeast Asian fish sauce. This food is best eaten fresh off the hotplate. But please be careful or your mouth will be burn.
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Remember to take advantage of your time in Cambodian day tour to try Chive Cakes, one of the favorite Cambodian street foods. You can find mobile streets vendors anywhere at busy street corners, or in local markets every afternoon. It offers cheap price, only 500 Riel, approximately 0.12 USD per cake.
Pate Sandwiches (num pang pate)
You know “Banh mi” in Vietnam, and you love it? So you will also like a quite attractive Banh mi’s cousin, but in Cambodia, Num Pang. This convenient street food was introduced by the French at the time of their Indochina colonization. It’s a mixture of a variety of meaty ingredients such as pâté, pork, ham with greasy butter, pickled vegetables, carrots, and onions. Sometimes they added some peppers.
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There are vendors anywhere in Phnom Penh or another place in Cambodia, near office building or outside markets. They are visible almost the time because Num Pang is among Khmer’s lunch or early evening meals.
They offer food at affordable prices, range from $6.75-$8.75. Would you like to try Num Pang in your Cambodian day tours?
Cambodian Bamboo rice (Kralan)
Let me introduce you an equally convenient food, Cambodian Bamboo rice, or Kralan. Kralan is a delicious traditional food in Khmer cuisine. Cambodia sticky rice is roasted with coconut milk black-eyed peas or soybean stuffed in bamboo. It is typically cooked over a charcoal or wood fire in a long time to create smoky flavors. You can eat Kralan anywhere and anywhen during your old Khmer Empire day tour: morning or afternoon, in the bus, in the break time of checking phone or reading map. But it’s very sticky and has coconut milk so you will need some napkins if you don’t want the rice to stick to your book or your phone. Kralan with coconut milk does not keep well beyond two or three days, so it’s better to eat in the day you buy.
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This street food dish is particularly popular in Battambang because special rice of Kralan is often harvested from rice fields in Battambang. But you also can find it anywhere in Cambodia, especially in provinces, and Phnom Penh city, too. A tube of kralan cost about 2,000 to 4,000 reels, depending on the size.
Fried noddles (Mi char)
To young people, fried noodles (mi char) seems to be the most popular. You can find them in Old Markets in Seam Reap or any streets in Phnom Penh during your Cambodian day tour. Fried noodles are sold from mobile stalls on the streets in the evenings. There are many kinds of Mi Char: rice noodles, egg noodles, instant noodles, … But most of them have the same primary ingredients, such as fish sauce, soy, vegetables, noodles, and of course, they can not be without chili sauce.
Normally, the fried noodles seller often cook one packet of instant noodles and then fry it with vegetables and other ingredients.
Mi char is one of a variety of cheap local delicacies. It only cost 4000 KHR (Cambodian Rief), about 1 $, for each plate. It sounds a very delicious, nutritious street food with an affordable price, right?
Iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk (cafe toek doh koh toek gok)
OK, four dishes down. Are you thirsty? It is time to relax with an iced beverage. Similar to neighboring Vietnam, iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk can easily be found throughout Cambodia, become a favorite drink for Cambodian day tourists. Cambodians call it cafe toek doh koh toek gok. Small iced coffee carts have been part of Cambodian life culture for a long time. Most of them are pulled by converted tuk-tuks or on motorbikes. They are ubiquitous during morning hours and after school/work in the afternoons, but wherever you go, you seem to see locals sipping it any time of day. No matter way the coffee is served, with condensed milk or black with ice, you always have a cup of coffee of sweet and strong taste. Cafe took doh koh toek gok is very refreshing and delicious drink to enjoy on the streets of Cambodia.
This experience will set you back between 1,500-2,000 riel (0.38$ – 0.5$)
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