The Boeung Keng Kang 1 (BKK1) neighbourhood of Phnom Penh may well be sprinkled with a cool collection of hip eateries serving food from across the globe, but it’s also home to the usual helping of food stalls and carts, serving authentic Cambodian eats and international favourites. Here are the 10 best food stalls in BKK1.
BKK Market is a small local market that remains mostly off the tourist track, with some great bargains to be found inside. In keeping with markets, there is a central food area, with stalls selling a range of local eats. This is a great place to try one of Cambodia’s national dishes, num banh chok, or Khmer noodles. Eaten either for breakfast or as an afternoon snack, the rice noodles are topped with a fish-based curry gravy made from kaffir lime, lemongrass and turmeric root. This dish is a must-try while in Cambodia.
The baguette remains a relic left by the French, with carts stacked full of the bread seen throughout the capital. A top spot to feast on the snack is on the roads that surround BKK Market, where several street vendors selling the sandwiches can be found. Nompang sak koh is a good option, with skewers of barbecued lemongrass beef layered inside a baguette with pickled vegetables and chilli.
These guys don’t hang around in one place. Instead they pound Phnom Penh’s streets, pushing wooden carts with cockles spread across metal sheets baking in the sun. However, cockle sellers often frequent Street 51, near Wat Langka and the backpacker stretch of Street 278, and can be heard touting for business in Khmer.
Chive cakes, or num kachay, are another popular snack found across Cambodia, with several stalls inside BKK Market serving them fresh. Watch them being fried in shallow pans in the bustling heart of the market before sinking your teeth into the small cakes made from glutinous rice flour and served with a sweet, spicy fish sauce.
The mobile coffee cart revolution has landed in Phnom Penh. While serving iced coffee from a cart is hardly a new concept in Cambodia, the traditional form is much more shabby chic than the hip new offerings mushrooming across the capital. The stretch of Street 51, between streets 294 and 302, is dotted with coffee carts serving a variety of coffees, teas and other refreshments.
From early morning to late afternoon, the corner of streets 360 and 51 are packed full of plastic chairs and metal tables, with various food stalls serving up a variety of dishes throughout the day. From noodles and rice dishes, to grilled pork, chicken and fish options, the food served at this collection of street diners is definitely a hit with the crowds of locals who flock there for breakfast, lunch and an early dinner.
A new trend sweeping across the capital has seen more upmarket mobile food carts setting up shop on the city’s sidewalks. iBurger is a shining example, with the small food truck on Street 51 excelling in the burger stakes. With a small collection of tables and chairs set up on some astroturf, iBurger serves an astonishing range of options, including the nacho burger made of guacamole, jalapeno and salsa, served with sweet potato crisps and the rib eye beef burger.
This dish may well belong to neighbouring Vietnam, but Cambodia serves up a pretty mean pho. This local street side eatery – look out for the yellow awning – poaches strips of beef in broth before topping the fragrant dish with chilli and garlic relish and spicy paste, polished off with a few squeezes of fresh lime. Pull up a seat at the stainless steel tables that line the stretch of road on Street 360, near Monivong Boulevard, and tuck in.
If hunger strikes after an evening of partying on Street 278, then fear not because several food carts set up shop outside Wat Langka on Street 51 to cater to the late-night crew. Tuck into a range of rice and noodle dishes, cooked fresh before your eyes and barbecued meats.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.