First Steps in Siem Reap: Craving Local Food and Delicacies

Craving local food

Cambodian food reminds me of China a lot. There are many similar to Chinese cuisine dishes such as vegetable dumplings, fried rice with pork and chicken, noodle soups or fried bananas.

                               Meat and vegetables dumplings.

Locals preparing food in a very simple and quick way.

I like these “momos” (don’t know the proper name of them) for my dessert. These small balls taste very sweet.

                               Kind of momos, but very sweet.

We also had, in one of the local restaurants, a half of a pineapple filled with fried rice and veggies. It looked so sophisticated but costed only $2 and it was super easy to make!

I try to cook a lot at home. Since I settled down and have my own well-equipped kitchen I make many dishes on my own, especially healthy desserts and cold drinks.

                               Raspberry and honey milk shake. Easy to make and so delicious!

I have been making a lot of pancakes recently. Last week was the week of pancakes!

                               Peanut butter and banana pancakes.

I cook a lot but also try different food every day to discover Cambodian cuisine. Even the weird looking food like this…

Chopped fruits ready to go.

Many local people have their small food stalls. The food is delicious, but when you look at if, you feel like asking them a very simple question: “Has anyone ever heard of”of basic principles of hygiene in this country?”


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Agness Walewinder
Agness Walewinder
Travel freak, vagabond, photography passionate, blogger, life enthusiast, backpacker, adventure hunter and endless energy couchsurfer living by the rule "Pack lite, travel far and live long!"
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2 thoughts on “First Steps in Siem Reap: Craving Local Food and Delicacies”

  1. Very interesting to see that Cambodian food is similar to Chinese – would never have guessed that. We just got to China today and will be spending 6 weeks here so are looking forward to discovering the many different types of foods! One of my favorite parts of traveling is definitely eating the local food and it is always interesting to try some of the local specialties. Looks like Cambodia has some good ones! Hope you never got sick from eating at the low hygiene food stalls!

    1. Hi Vicky,

      You will love China, I’m sure. 6 weeks is short for a country the size of Europe, but should give you a very good feel of the place. When you’re in China you should go and see ZhangJiaJie, if your schedule allows. This is amazing place, the best I have ever been to. Truly extraordinary, taken directly from Pandora from Avatar movie, where it was filmed.

      Although most people report a transition period when starting with Asian food stalls, I never had a problem. You may be as lucky as I was, but if you’re not, it still shouldn’t last too long. Plus, the Chinese cuisine will reward you with variety of tastes.

      Safe travels,

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