Local Khmer Food
Cheap and cheerful is the name of the culinary game in Siem Reap
. Khmer specialties range from exotic animals and insects—like grilled frog and stir-fried tree ants—to delicious curries and heaps of local vegetables: lemon grass, ferns, lotus shoots, and various types of spinach and eggplant. Fish dishes are popular and so are hot pots. Wash it all down with a bottle or two of the local beer—called Angkor of course. Some restaurants support local charities by training and employing former street children and marginalized youth while putting profits back into the cause, so you can enjoy a great meal while doing a good deed. The Green Star restaurant, for instance, supports the Green Gecko Project, an organization cultivated to support more than 70 street kids in Siem Reap.