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Must-Try Cambodian Dishes

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Cambodia's quintessential dishes provide a great introduction to this misunderstood cuisine. Sample breakfast soups, porridge (bobor), and pork and rice at morning markets and roadside stalls. Come late afternoon, sample street food like barbecued skewered meats. Around 5pm, samlors (soups and stews) and grilled meats (chicken, quails, frogs, offal) go on sale. Try dishes such as char kroeung and lok lak at local eateries while the best renditions of fish amok are found at good restaurants.
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In Siem Reap, locals eat one of a handful of dishes for breakfast - bobor (rice porridge), pork and rice, and a few soups, including Cambodia's quintessential breakfast soup, kuy teav. Found at morning markets and roadside stalls, standards vary...
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River Rd, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
The beloved Cambodian breakfast dish of nom banh chok is a love-it-or-hate-it dish for most foreigners, who would probably prefer to have this cold to luke-warm noodle dish served hot. The process of making these rice noodles is depicted in bas...
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Wat Bo Rd, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Cambodians love their traditional soups and there are an infinite array, from light broths to heavier, almost stew-like bowls of deliciousness. In fact, 'samlor' is used interchangeably for 'soup' and 'stew' so it can often be difficult for those...
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1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Cambodia's ubiquitous pepper beef dish known as lok lak came from the Vietnamese and before that China. With the best renditions the beef is simmered in a piquant pepper sauce and presented beautifully, as it is here at Raffles Grand Hotel...
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1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
It's thought that amok trei (fish amok) is a Royal Khmer Cuisine dish that dates back to the Khmer Empire that later travelled to Thailand where it is known as hor mok. When prepared properly, the freshwater Tonle Sap snakehead fish is marinated...
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The two most distinctive Cambodian ingredients used in local Khmer kitchens are prahok (fermented fish) and kroeung, which simply means curry paste, however, it's a curry paste (or rather, several curry pastes) that are unique to Cambodian...
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Wat Damnak Market Street, POBox 93108, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
To many gastronomes, the subtle flavors and spicing of Khmer cuisine makes it one of Southeast Asia’s great food secrets. That’s certainly the view of French chef Joannes Riviera, who has taken inspiration from Cambodia’s unsung...