With food carts offering a plethora of tasty street food occupying every corner, Cambodia is an excellent destination for food lovers wishing to enjoy a culinary adventure. The following is some must-try street foods that are sure to get your taste buds tingling!
Char kroeung Sach Ko (Stir-fried lemongrass beef)
This is one of popular Cambodian street foods throughout the country. After put beef in the heat oil with garlic, stir fry until the beef become tender. Then add vegetables such as red peppers and onion as well as the kroeung mixture. Kroeung is lemongrass paste which is considered very healthy, made from a variety of Asian herbs such as lemongrass (known to have a benefit in lowering acne and pimples), kaffir lime leaves and galangal.
Nom banh chok (Khmer noodles)
Many locals start their day with nom banh chok, a popular dish known as Khmer noodles in English. It consists of rice noodles topped with green fish gravy and lots of fresh vegetables including cucumbers, green beans, mint leaves, banana blossom and bean sprouts. It’s very similar to the Thai dish ‘kanom jeen’.
Lok lak (Stir-fried beef in brown sauce)
Lok Lak is a traditional Khmer dish, which is basically stir-fried beef slices (or pork) in a light brown sauce, served with rice and/or green salad and pepper sauce. Most restaurants across the county offer this dish but tastes are varied depending on the chefs and regions. The beef or pork slices must first be marinated before cooking so that they are tastier and juicier.
Samlor Machu Trey (sweet and sour soup with fish)
This dish is popular in many households in Cambodia as it’s not only easy to make but it also has a lovely taste. Its ingredients include fish, garlic, lemongrass, celery, tamarind juice, bean sprouts, pineapple and seasoning with sugar, fish sauce, and salt. Many people also add some fresh green herbs and hot chili pepper on top before serving.