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Street food, which is a cheap and quick way of grabbing a tasty meal, should be the most popular eating choice in Cambodia. If you have not found a space among the diners on the plastic tables and chairs, often full come breakfast, lunch and dinner, your trip to Cambodia cannot be complete. To enjoy Cambodian cuisine with: Tours Cambodia and Indochina
Grilled pork on skewers

Grilled pork on skewers

Grilled pork on skewers- source: internet

You can easily spot portable carts with grilled pork on skewers everywhere in Cambodia’s capital city thanks to the mouth-watering aromas of this snack. There are usually two kinds of skewers, one loaded with herbs and condiments and another served with pickle salad with rice together with piles of veggies. The former is a popular on-the-go snack while the latter is a prominent breakfast that gives locals a boost of energy for the day. If you want a complete experience of a Cambodian BBQ, let’s try both!

Lok lak

Lok lak

Lok lak- source: internet

Having its roots in Vietnam, this classic Southeast Asian treat became overwhelmingly popular when landing in Cambodia. The juicy beef – a favorite local meat coming in colossal portions is one possible reason. Typically topped with a salad of crispy lettuce, raw cucumber, sweet tomato and fresh onion, this stir fried meat is served seasoned with black pepper and lime juice. Wrapped up in a lettuce leaf in the way of classic Cambodian culture is the traditional way of eating. Cambodia travel tours

Beef or pork skewers

With street vendors grilling the meat on-the-go above hot coals from their portable carts, the smell of this snack tends to draw any diners from far and wide. Sach ko chomkak, which is usually a common afternoon or evening nibble, can be placed into a crunchy baguette or eaten off the skewer, accompanied by pickled papaya salad.

Lort Cha

Lort cha

Lort cha- source: internet

Cut short in length to match the texture of the bean sprouts and cooked with a scrambled or fried egg, green onions and greens, this spicy stir-fried noodle dish is usually served from street carts to motorbike or tuk tuk drivers craving a late night snack. Before being plated, they toss all of the ingredients with a generous portion of soy sauce and chili.


Referring to the fertilized embryo of a duck, balut is known as the most stinky and repulsive street food in Cambodia. Though this snack can also be found in some neighboring countries in Southeast Asia such as Vietnam and the Philippines, the Cambodian version is kept simple: only a little ganish is served alongside the duck egg instead of covering it with a wide selection of herbs and condiments. As it is nutritious and rich in protein, it is an all time favorite of Cambodian locals.

Steamed pork bun

Steamed pork bun

Steamed pork bun- source: internet

If you happen to come across a moving cart with a steamer, don’t miss to make a stop for a steamed pork bun! Without adding any twist to the ingredients or unnecessary condiments, the hard-boiled bun stuffed with pork and eggs encapsulates the Cambodian traditional taste. Although it is always compared with Chinese pork buns, it is a more easy-going afternoon snack thanks to its plain taste. Never leave it go cold and before giving it a bite, you should not forget to remove the paper padding at the bottom!

Iced coffee with milk

Unlike coffee found elsewhere, Southeast Asian coffee is made unique by its sweetness since to preserve the sugars and oils, the beans are slowly roasted after drying in the sun. In Phnom Penh, you can find the signature iced coffee prepared by adding condensed milk. You can stir the condensed milk at the bottom of the glass to control the degree of sweetness.

Chive cake

Chive cake

Chive cake- source: internet

Another renowned Cambodian street food originating from China is chive cake. Besides simply rice flour with chopped chives being the main ingredients, heavy seasoning and piles of herbs are also added. However, the taste is surprisingly delicious instead of being boring and plain. To deliver an identifiable Southeast Asian flavor, this pan-fried snack, which is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, is usually dipped in spicy and sweet fish sauce.

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