Cuisine, Northwestern - Siem Reap

See Why Siem Reap Is a Foodie’s Paradise

Noodle Maker
(All Dreams Cambodia/DR)
Noodle Maker (All Dreams Cambodia/DR)

Known far and wide as the gateway to Angkor Wat, Siem Reap and its surrounding areas have long attracted culture seekers from around the world. Captivating these global travellers is a culinary scene that appeals to every palate. You can spend your entire journey savouring authentic Khmer cuisine or leap between international flavours that suit your every craving.

The centre of all the action lies on Street 8, also known as Pub Street. Always on with a colourful and chaotic energy, this central hub has everything you could need from a quick snack to a late-night feast. The mouthwatering scent of freshly grilled Cambodian barbeque will keep you coming back for more, while traditional Khmer restaurants tantalise with flavourful curries and other comfort food. From street food and stalls to an array of global cuisine, you have your pick of dining experiences in one easy-to-navigate zone.

Chicken curry, dish typical of Khmer cuisine in SiemReap (shutterstock)

Join throngs of locals who flock to various night markets and the historic Old Market. In the bustling open-air Old Market, you can taste all sorts of Cambodian favourites like delicious soups, fried rice, stir-fried noodles and other staples — as well as bins of fried grasshoppers and other seasoned insects. If you get your start in the morning you’ll easily be able to track down vendors preparing bai sach chrouk, a breakfast dish made from juicy pork, “broken rice” and coconut milk.

When you venture away from the tourist trail, you’ll find more discoveries throughout this northwestern province. Join a host in a countryside home to learn the nuances of Khmer cooking. Watch noodle makers expertly shaping and boiling mounds of tender dough. And explore the floating village of Kampong Phluk at lunchtime for a glimpse into the local way of life.

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