1. Kralan - Cambodian Bamboo Sticky Rice
Bamboo sticky rice is a famous dish in Cambodia which is basically fragrant roasted rice in bamboo sticks. This dish is known as Kralan in Khmer and is popular in Battambang (the second-largest city in Cambodia). Fragrant rice, black beans, grated coconut and coconut milk are the main ingredients of Kralan. These are together packed in bamboo sticks and roasted. You can find ladies around Angkor Wat World Heritage Site in Siem Reap selling Kralan on bicycles in three sizes; prices may vary with size.
2. Lort Cha - Cambodian Short Stir-Fried Egg Noodles
Lort Cha is one of the classic street foods of Cambodia. It is a food rich in proteins. Lort Cha is a stir-fried dish mainly made from short rice noodles and minced vegetables like Chinese broccoli, bean sprouts, chives, green onions. Other ingredients include beef, pork or shrimp and the dish is served with a fried egg, soy sauce and thick red sauce as toppings. Lort Cha is enjoyable at any time of the day, be it for breakfast or as a snack. Although you can have Lort Cha anywhere in the country yet it would be easier to spot a vendor selling freshly prepared Lort Cha in the streets of Siem Reap (capital of Cambodia).
3. Chive Cakes or Num Kachay
Cakes are something one can never get tired of. There’s crispy street food in Cambodia called ‘Chive Cakes’ which are made from glutinous rice flour. Chopped Chives are the primary ingredients while sugar, pepper and garlic act as secondary ingredients. This traditional cuisine comes in two styles - round cakes with chives filling and square cakes with chives blended with rice flour. The cakes are fried and served with the famous fish sauce of Southeast Asia. You can enjoy the sweet-tangy Num Kachay in the afternoon at local markets in Cambodia.
4. Num Pang - Cambodian Sandwich
Much similar to Vietnamese bread snack, Num Pang is a traditional street food of Cambodia. It is a sandwich or say a demi-baguette mainly consisting of pate, ham or pork. Other ingredients include pickles and finely-cut slices of carrots, onions and chives, and is served with coriander and chilli sauce. You can find vendors near office buildings selling different varieties of the lip-smacking Num Pang. And you will find yourself being magnetically attracted towards the Cambodian sandwich. At multiple locations in Siem Reap and Pho Langka Market, vendors prepare and sell the dish.
5. Nom Pao - Cambodia wrapping cake
Nom Pao, also known as Bao are brioches with meat as the filling. Cambodia wrapping cake is popular around New Year’s Eve. Even students love to eat it during exams as the cuisine is rich in proteins. Nom Pao is steamed dumplings that you will stumble upon, every few metres in Siem Reap. There is a wide range of toppings to try, however, mainly the pork is mixed with onions, garlic, sugar, chives and mushrooms. Finger-licking baos are served with the fish sauce just like every other street food of Cambodia.
6. Mi char - Fried Noodles
Young hearts’ favourite is the fried noodles - Mi Char, a Cambodian snack which is also served as a noodle soup. There are three types of Mi Char - Rice noodles, egg noodles, instant noodles. Bean sprouts, chopped vegetables, coriander, meat, fried eggs and lemon juice are the main ingredients of Mi Char. Lettuce leaf acts as an essential topping. Fish sauce and chilli sauce give a touch-up to this mouth-watering dish. You can enjoy the noodle soup in evenings on the streets or in the Old Market in Siem Reap. This street food is affordable, delicious and nutritious.
7. Nom Banh Chok - Khmer Noodles
Nom Banh Chok is another popular street food in Cambodia. You will find the natives calling it ‘Khmer Noodles’ and enjoying it in the morning or as an afternoon snack. It is the fermented rice noodles having banana blossom, cucumbers, water lily stems and fresh herbs as main ingredients. Khmer Noodles are then topped with lemongrass, rhizome and other Cambodian ingredients.
8. Cha Houy Teuk - Colourful Jelly
Cha Houy Teuk is a sweet colourful jelly loved by children. The dessert is made of gelatin derived from seaweed and attains colours from pumpkin, red beans and cocoyam. Its main ingredients are jackfruit, sticky rice, coconut cream, sago and taro. Tourists will find numerous vendors selling the jelly dipped in ice.
9. Local Doughnuts
Of course, the doughnut lovers will stand with worldwide famous outlets that sell doughnuts but to add glitters to your trip you shouldn’t miss the local cuisine of that area. Although there are many expensive bakeries in Cambodia yet the doughnuts sold on the streets of Cambodia are tastier and worth tasting.
10. Coconut Ice Cream
Under the glistening sun in Cambodia, ice cream is a cure. While wandering in Siem Reap you will find a large number of vendors selling chilled ice-creams in coconut shells with coconut toppings. Condensed milk and crushed peanuts make Coconut Ice Cream even tastier. You would not want to miss this affordable delicacy.
11. Cambodia Iced Coffee
One of the most loved beverages in Cambodia is Iced Coffee, known as cafe toek doh koh toek gok. It is sweet and strong drip coffee which is served black with ice or with condensed milk. You will find small iced coffee carts on the streets selling this refreshing drink in peak morning hours and the afternoon.
12. Jaggery Wine
Ever heard about Jaggery Wine? Cambodia is the country where you can enjoy this exotic beverage made from brown sugar. You will find people buying jaggery wine from the street shops in the daytime.
Cambodia lies in the subtropical region and produces dense vegetation. The cuisine of Cambodia is rich in multiple taste and flavour and is incomparable to other Southeast Asian countries. Try different mouth-watering street foods of Cambodia to get acquainted with the culture and experience an authentic delight.