Siem Reap is not precisely a food destination. While neighbors Thailand as well as Vietnam have already gained around the world popularity for their delectable cuisines, Cambodia is not as widely known for its food as it is for its temples as well as historical sites. Well, at least right here in the Philippines. Thus, I did not have much expectations of my tastebuds bathing in utmost pleasure during my stay in Siem Reap. Still, this Cambodian city did not disappoint. numerous dishes that I tried were cooked simply, prepared fast, as well as expense cheap! For someone who isn’t truly an adventurous eater anyway as well as whose budget plan is extremely limited, in some cases they are enough.
Actually, during my stay, I discovered a new appreciation for Khmer cooking. Its simplicity is its biggest strength. other Southeast Oriental cuisines depend heavily on spices as well as herbs however Khmer cuisine utilizes them in moderation, not as important components however as simple flavor-enhancers that they can do without. For example, chili pepper isn’t as prominent right here unlike in close-by Thailand as well as Laos. I’m not a huge fan of spicy food so I truly had a great time dining in Siem Reap.
A restaurant at the Old Market in Siem Reap
Amok Shrimp. Shrimps in a coconut-based sauce, wrapped in banana leaf as well as steamed. I wished to try a freshwater fish however it was not offered at the time. I had to work out for shrimps which was fine.
Pork spareribs with egg. It reminded me so much of Korean beef stew except that this is pork. Sadly, this bowl did not have much meat in it. I liked the soup, though.
Fried noodles with poultry as well as vegetables. common however tasted good.
Fried beef. It’s their version of tapa.
I failed to remember the name of this meal however this is eggplant as well as it’s fantastico!
Chicken barbeque sold at street sidewalk!
עוף בקארי. however it tasted like poultry pastel.
Fried rice with beef
This one’s really a Vietnamese meal however I tried it nonetheless. It was the only noodle meal with soup served at a hawker stall I frequented.
Tom Yum. Cambodian-style.
Mango shake as well as Rambutan shake. Yep, RAMBUTAN shake. tried it for the very first time as well as I fell in like with it!
If there’s anything that I did not delight in extremely much, it is the restricted choices available. many of the eateries I tried served only fried rice, fried noodles, some fried meat dishes, as well as a bit bit of amok as well as freshwater fish. however that was about it. Since much more frequently than not I ate at kerbside restaurants during this Southeast Oriental backpacking trip, I might not assist comparing the high quality of the dishes that I got from each city. Definitely, the streets of Chiang Mai, Bangkok as well as Hanoi provided me the most delightful time with their scrumptious dishes at a much lower price. However, Siem Reap isn’t poor at all. however then again, I’m not that difficult to please.
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