With food carts offering a plethora of tasty street food occupying every corner, Cambodia is an excellent destination for food lovers wishing to enjoy a culinary adventure. Here we take a look at some must-try items that are sure to get your taste buds tingling!
Babor (meaning porridge or rice pudding), derived from the standard Chinese congee, this quintessential breakfast dish has many regional Cambodian incarnations. A type of porridge made with white rice, plain or with a chicken or pork broth, and served with fresh bean sprouts, caramelised garlic oil, green onions, omelette, fried breadsticks or dried fish from the Tonle Sap. Babor pray is the name for the common marketplace dish of salted dried fish with rice porridge.
One of street foods in Cambodia must be mentioned is Mee Kiev (meaning Dumpling noodle). Kiev meaning dumpling, from Hokkien “Kiau”, is a Khmer rendition of wonton soup. The broth is clear topped with Chinese chives and the dumplings are filled with seasoned minced pork and shrimp. Variations often served with yellow wheat noodle and a mixture of rice wheat and rice noodle.
Num Pang (meaning Bread) are sandwiches that are similar to their Laos and Vietnamese counterparts. They feature assorted meats, raw vegetables, and pickled vegetables as well as pate, butter, and mayo.
Ban hawy or Threaded noodle (also called Mee Sua, meaning “sewed rice noodles”) that are served in a bowl with assorted vegetables, stir fried ground pork in soy sauce, oyster sauce, and fish sauce, and topped off with fish sauce and sweet coconut milk. Other variations include pork ham and grilled meat. This street food dish is also common to offer to dead ancestors during holidays.