Siem Reap, Cambodia – Our excitement to see the marvelous temples of Cambodia overshadowed our eagerness to discover the country’s signature dishes. We were only able to think about it while we were chatting with the taxi driver that brought us to our accommodation. He suggested a couple of foods, and we were able to try some.
The Khmer Amok was one of his recommendations. To be honest, it did not look that appealing to me. But, you know what they say about judging by the looks, when I tasted it, it was so delicious. The dish is made mainly of coconut milk. Together with this, we ordered Fried Chicken Hot Basil and completed with Fresh Coconut and Watermelon juices. The only downside here was, our tour guide brought us to Khmer Angkor Kitchen, which is a quite expensive restaurant (see our bill below!) .
|Average Cost of Food: Mid-range restaurants for lunch/dinner will cost $6-8 USD per meal. Outdoor markets and street restaurants have dishes for $1-3 USD per meal.|
For dinner we headed to the famous Pub Street. Exhaustion from temple-hunting led me to crave for one thing: the Angkor Beer!
As for the food, we had the Cambodian Khmer barbecue. It’s quite similar to shabu-shabu but the choices of meat totally caught us off guard. We had bacon (yea, bacon!!!), snake, crocodile, and frog. Yeah, take a few seconds to ponder on that! 😀
On our last dinner at Pub Street, we went to Temple Club. It is one of the highest rated restaurants in the area. The restaurant has a pleasant and somewhat cultural ambiance, and the menu has a little Western vibe on it so we ordered Pork Ribs and Stir-fry Pork with Basil Sauce. But, what made it is famous is the performance of the traditional Apsara dance.
Further research showed a lot more must-try Cambodian dishes. But due to our tight budget and schedule, we didn’t get the chance to try them all. We didn’t worry though, surely we’re going to come back here!
Oops, we also had Fresh Spring Rolls the following morning to end our Khmer food trip. But, I think it’s more of a Vietnamese Cuisine 😀