There’s a Cambodian saying that if you don’t eat rice every day you will die. This is strictly adhered to by the locals but we’ve however proved this superstition incorrect numerous times. You’ll find that rice can be served with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you’re not a rice fanatic, don’t worry as you won’t have to have it with every meal. Baguettes are an alternative to rice and were introduced by the French during the Indochine days, and they are available nearly everywhere.
Iconic Cambodian dishes include:
- beef lok lak (beef cooked in a luscious gravy served with fresh tomatoes, onion, cucumber and rice)
- fish/chicken amok (a mildly spiced and very tasty curry)
- mee cha (noodles with meat and vegetables in a delectable Asian style sauce which is sometimes topped with a gooey fried egg)
- green mango salad (sweet, salty, sour and full of fresh as they come Asian herbs)
- and wait for it ….. deep fried tarantulas.
Excellent quality western food is only available in the very big provincial capitals such as Phnom Penh, Kampot, Kep, Kampong Cham, Battambang and Siem Reap.
Luckily it’s perfectly safe to consume the ice in Cambodia. Which is an absolute godsend on a hot day. Don’t forget to try the freshly squeezed sugar cane juice and the refreshing tart lime juice. The local iced coffee with condensed milk is both strong and sweet at the same time, it’s a great pick me up.
Cambodians absolutely love beer and you can buy it anywhere and everywhere. Anchor, Angkor and Cambodia are the top three beers in the country. Make sure you don’t throw away the ring pulls as you can win a prize, anything from a free beer to a brand new scooter.