Want to know more about Cambodian food and cuisine? Cambodian food might not be as famous as the Thai food or Vietnamese food, but it’s just as delicious.

When it comes to the local food in Cambodia, there are so many dishes to taste and new flavors to discover. Down below you can read more about Cambodian food and its traditional dishes:

Lort Cha

Lort Cha is a local dish made of short fat noodles that are stir-fried with broccoli, beansprouts, herbs, beef, and soy or fish sauce.

It’s topped with a fried egg and chili sauce.

Fish Amok

Fish amok is one of the most popular and traditional dishes of Cambodia. It consists of a curry made from coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger, and turmeric.

It’s cooked together with fish until smooth, and then served wrapped in a banana leaf with rice on the side.

This dish is simply delicious and is a must to taste while you’re in Cambodia.

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Green mango salad

The Cambodian green mango salad is very similar to the Thai mango salad.

In the Cambodian version they use green mango, which is simply delicious. It’s a light salad that’s perfect to eat with some grilled seafood or meat.

Prahok – Fermented fish

This is one of the things in Cambodia that you’ll either love or hate.

Prahok is a paste made of salted and fermented fish. It’s commonly used in local dishes, but can also be served with some rice and a side salad. It has a strong salty flavor.

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Bai sach chrouk

When it comes to Cambodian street food, Bai sach chrouk is one of the dishes that you have to try.

It’s the national breakfast dish of Cambodia and is only available in the morning.

Bai sach chrouk is made of sliced pork marinated in garlic and oil. The meat is slowly grilled and then served with rice and picked vegetables.

Beef loc lac

Beef loc lac is a classic dish to eat in Cambodia. It consists of stir-fried sliced beef on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and raw onions.

It’s often served with a fried egg and a sauce made from lime juice and kampot pepper.

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Nom Banh Chok

Another dish that are popular to eat for breakfast is Nom Banh Chok.

This dish is made of thin rice noodles in a fish gravy with lots of green vegetables, banana flowers, cucumbers, and beansprouts.

It’s simply delicious, and a must to add to your Cambodian food bucket list.

Kuy teav

Key teav is a favorite dish when it comes to breakfast in Cambodia. It’s a noodle soup made from beef or pork bones and rice vermicelli.

Pork or fish balls are added to the flavorful broth. The soup is then topped with garlic, beansprouts, green onion, herbs, and fried shallots.

Kuy teav is sometimes served with lime, hoisin sauce, and chili paste.

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Lap Khmer

Sliced beef marinated in lime juice, garlic, shallots, fish sauce, basil, mint and bell peppers – that’s the ingredients of Lap Khmer.

This beef salad is a favorite among locals and tourists. Just be careful if you’re sensitive to spicy Cambodian food, because this dish is served with lots of chillies

Kampot Pepper Crabs

If you’re going to travel to the coastal town Kep, make sure to try the Kampot pepper crabs.

It’s made of fresh crabs of the day that’s stir-fried in kampot pepper. It’s hot, fresh, and delicious.

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Khmer curry

The Khmer curries are flavorful and much less spicy comparing to curries in many other countries in Asia. Khmer curries are also much sweeter in taste, which is something many people like.

It’s made of coconut cream and milk, fish sauce, sweet potatoes, garlic, herbs, shallots, and spices such as ginger and turmeric.

It’s normally cooked with chicken and served with rice.

Ongkrong saek koo – Exotic Cambodian food

Looking for something exotic to eat in Cambodia? Then ongkrong saek koo might be the perfect dish for you.

Ongkrong saek koo is made of beef stir-fried with garlic, shallots, ginger, lemongrass, basil, and lots of red tree ants.

It’s all mixed together, topped with chili, and served with a white rice.

And yes, you read right. This dish is full of ants.


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More about Cambodian food

Cambodian food is normally made with fresh ingredients and spices such as ginger, garlic, lemongrass, and chili.

Many of the Cambodian dishes is served with rice and fried eggs, but pickled vegetables is also common.

Cambodian food is full of interesting flavors and is not so spicy comparing to its neighboring countries. Chili is usually served on the side which makes it possible for the customers to choose how spicy they want their food to be.

What’s the national dish of Cambodia?

Amok is considered by many people to be the national dish of Cambodia.

What is a traditional meal in Cambodia?

A typical Cambodian meal normally consists of a soup, a salad, a main fish dish, vegetables, and rice.

Cambodian desserts

  • Local fruit
  • Mung bean pudding
  • Pumpkin custard
  • Cha houy teuk – Jelly
  • Num Chak Kachan – Khmer layer cake with coconut cream
  • Num ansom chek – Rolled banana cake
  • Mango sticky rice
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Cambodian drinks

  • Iced coffee
  • Fresh coconut water
  • Anchor beer
  • Angkor beer
  • Palm wine
  • Rice wine
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