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Kep Crab Market

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Crab Trap Kep  Cambodia

Crab Trap

In Cambodia there is one place to go for crab: South of Phnom Penh, the rundown French colonial town of Kep holds a famous crab market. On the weekends local families flock to the water where sellers, mostly women, drag wicker traps teeming with crabs up onshore. We visited Kep on Chinese New Year and the market was overflowing. Sliding between the families we caught the eye of an older woman who eagerly showed us her catch. We selected our eight blue-shelled crabs and were directed to towards the kitchens where our clawing crabs were transformed into a lunch of green pepper fried crab—by far the best meal we had in the country…and the freshest.