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Siem Reap seems to be a better-favored destination than anywhere else in Cambodia when visitors opt for flocking to and discovering the authentic culture in this stunning country. Siem Reap’s cuisine is well-known for its elegant presentation and incredible flavor. Down here are some best snack recommendations for you:

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Sticky rice in a bamboo pipe

Sticky rice in a bamboo pipe is a must when you sample Siem Reap culinary

Sticky rice in a bamboo pipe is a must when you sample Siem Reap culinary- source: internet

Like any other Asian countries in the world, rice is considered to be the staple food of Cambodia in every single meal. Impressively, sticky rice is known to be the national dish of this land which is presented under many kinds but the most interesting one is sticky rice with a bamboo pipe. As the name suggested, sticky rice is put into a bamboo stick with water fetched from local streams. Additional ingredients such as beans, glutinous rice, coconuts,… can also be combined with sticky rice to create even better flavor. These rice pipes are grilled on burning charcoal or wood stove until the bamboo containers turn into golden color and the rice is completely cooked. The sticky rice presents a sweet, bamboo fragrant taste and soft texture that is probably better than any other kind of rice available.

Green papaya salad

Green papaya salad is an addicting dish in this stunning land

Green papaya salad is an addicting dish in this stunning land- source: internet

This is also a local dish that appears popularly on the street in Siem Reap. Basically, the staple ingredient is green papaya which is scraped well and nicely into small strands then seasoned with local spices including chili powder, salt, and other seasonings. Apart from green papaya, the seller will add a pinch of tiny shrimps, tomatoes, string beans, cucumber, garlic, basil, etc. It is a bit similar to Som Tam of Thailand which contains several same ingredients. At the very first bite, you can be mind-blowing of how refreshing but also spicy it is. Don’t miss it when you visit Cambodia travel

Khmer cakes

Not to forget to try Khmer cakes when you visit Siem Reap

Not to forget to try Khmer cakes when you visit Siem Reap- source: internet

It is another intriguing snack available in Siem Reap that can easily catch sight of on the street with their carts. The first impression of the cake is the golden color of the coating which is crunchy and crispy combined with the soft, consistent on the inside. Khmer cakes are sweet and savory whose flavor is obtained from taro, mung beans and fruits. Normally, it is served with taro chips or taro spring rolls to add more flavors and interest to the cakes. It is definitely a delicious snack refueling your empty stomach before diving into the main course.

Jaggery sponge cake

Great water mouthing cake you should definitely go for in Siem Reap

Great water mouthing cake you should definitely go for in Siem Reap- source: internet

Jaggery is planted quite common in Cambodia, therefore, food processed from jaggery is a star in this country in which jaggery sponge cake is the one. Only with superb simple ingredients such as flour, jaggery, coconut juice and baking powder, the finished sponge cake is incredibly delicate. It offers tasters an airy, light texture with the sweetness of jaggery and richness of coconut juice that hardly can anyone resist to try at least some after the first bite. This sponge cake is great to excite you over the next meal.

Dried fried insects

The dried fried insect is considered to be a specialty of Cambodia and it is renowned in Siem Reap for sure. In the past, this is the last resort dish of the poor because they don’t have money for a normal meal. However, as time flies, it gradually becomes the national dish in Cambodia. Tourists will not find it hard to bump into a vendor cart on the street proposing customers with a wide range of insects which are cooked in many different ways from boiling, frying, grilling, etc. The most common ones can be listed as scorpions, crickets, locusts, cockroaches, etc. That might be a bit scary at first but then a lot of travelers might even be addictive to this special dish.

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