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In Cambodia, a snack is never far away. Food carts trundle along the country’s roads, as vendors call out from behind their sizzling, smoking pots and skillets. Here are some of the best places to sample the finest street food in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
Cheap eats are not hard to come by in Cambodia, as the streets are filled with options. At mealtimes, portable plastic chairs and tables clutter the capital’s pavements, while locals tuck into freshly cooked plates. Between meals, mobile carts are pushed through the streets, serving up a range of snacks.
These are the best places in Phnom Penh to tuck into authentic Khmer cuisine for just a fistful of riel. Hygiene fears can put visitors off street dining, but by taking a few precautions, dodgy bellies should be kept at bay. Avoid ice, ensure the food is piping hot, utensils are properly sterilised and seek out spots spilling over with locals. With that in mind, here are the best spots to enjoy street food in Cambodia’s capital.
Barbecued meat is common across Cambodia, with basic grills fired up ahead of dusk across the country. The stall on Phnom Penh’s Street 123 specialises in mouth-watering yakitori spit-roasted chicken skewers. Here, diners can chow down on a choice of thigh, heart or wing, with vegetarian versions available, including mushroom, aubergine and cheese options. The chicken skewers are only served during dinnertime, with other meals available throughout the day, including chicken, rice, salad and chips. Prices start from 2,000 riel (50 cents).
Street 13 behind Wat Ounalom is a popular spot with hungry locals. The stretch of street is dotted with carts, vendors and mobile stands selling an array of sizzling dishes throughout the day and early evening. The waft of barbecued meat floating through the air is enough to get the saliva flowing, so join the tables of locals and tuck into some freshly barbecued meat or fish, noodles, chet chien (banana nuggets) or spiced clams from one of the stalls.
Men pushing wooden carts spilling over with coconuts is a common sight on Cambodia’s streets and a visit to the capital isn’t complete without sipping on the fresh fruit. While visitors don’t have to look far to catch a coconut seller, Street 63, in between Sihanouk Boulevard and Street 242, is packed with vendors flogging mountains of them. With a whip of a machete, the top is taken off and the coconut is ready to be drunk. If you want to finish it on the spot, ask the vendor to crack open the shell and feast on the juicy flesh. Note, the smaller coconuts for sale are much sweeter and slightly more expensive.