Siem Reap is more than just their century-old temples. It is a good place as well to fill your hungry tummy with their exceptional cuisines. Khmer cuisines are usually being compared to those gastronomies found in neighboring land of Thailand and Vietnam but it is simply delicious once tried.
Rice is Cambodia’s staple food and is part of almost every meal. Their dishes are usually served with plenty of herbs, fresh vegetables, fruits and sauces. There are a lot of food houses along the streets of Siem Reap that serves plenty of food choices making you hard to decide which of which to choose.
So I listed some of the foods we tried during our stay in Siem Reap.
It is one of the most popular traditional Khmer dishes made with thin strips of beef or pork with fresh lettuce and sliced tomatoes on the side. They usually have it with brown sauce made of lime and pepper and fried egg on the top.
Khmer curry is a dish that is less spicy compare to those curries usually cooked in Thailand and India. It is commonly served with a meat of your choice (beef, chicken or fish), diced potatoes, coconut milk and herbs.
Fried Pineapple with meat
During those days I spent in Siem Reap, what I noticed was they have plenty of dishes that has fruits or vegetables as main dish ingredient. On this dish, they serve stir-fried pineapple slices with meat (pork, beef or chicken). It is a sweet savory stir-fried meal typically served with rice.
Cambodian Rice Noodle Soup
It is a traditional noodle soup served with rice noodles, pork stock and vegetable toppings. It is a popular breakfast meal in Cambodia and even on parts of Thailand and Vietnam.
Fried Flat Noodles
It is a stir fried flat rice noodles served with a meat of your choice (chicken, pork or beef) and green vegetables. Fried noodles can be found across the country in different varieties.
Stir Fried Ginger with Meat
This is an oriental dish made of thinly sliced fresh gingers and beef strips. What I love about this dish is they actually have crispy ginger “shoestrings” that results to good texture and flavorful taste.
Pineapple Fried Rice
It is one of my personal favorite dish I tried during my whole stay in Siem Reap. It is a mixture of fresh pineapple chunks, meat, roasted cashew nuts, carrots and peas that compliments well with the rice grains. It is actually served in a carved-out pineapple as its bowl making the dish more fun to eat!
Khmer Fried Chicken and Fried Rice
It is not your normal crispy fast food fried chicken. They use a native chicken which meat is tender and full of Asian flavor. This chicken is best paired with their own version of fried rice with soy sauce and oyster sauce.
Other Dishes We Tried During Our Whole Stay: