Identify, then try, these Khmer street specialities
CAMBODIA'S STREET FOOD MAY NOT ENJOY THE PRESTIGE AFFORDED SOME OF ITS NEIGHBOURS BUT, AS THESE LOCAL SPECIALITIES PROVE, THE KINGDOM HAS PLENTY TO OFFER THE INTREPID CULINARY CRUSADER
(aka papaya salad)
This sweet, spicy, tangy concoction brings together a profusion of ingredients including dried shrimp, peanuts, papaya, lime and marinated crab, all smashed together in a mortar and pestle.
Usual cost: 75 cents
Nom Banh Chok
(aka Khmer noodles)
The Kingdom's famed rice noodles are at the heart of this classic dish, usually served alongside various chopped raw vegetables including waterlily stalks, banana flowers and green beans.
Usual cost: $1 to $1.50
(aka Khmer meat pancake) A savoury snack usually grabbed on the go in the evening, this rice flour pancake is stuffed with chopped pork, onion, carrot and bean sprouts, folded and served with a side of fresh vegetables. Usual cost: $1
Bai Sach Chrouk
(aka pork and rice) Cambodia's favourite breakfast is a simple yet delicious combination of marinated grilled pork with boiled white rice and pickled vegetables. An optional fried egg tops the dish off perfectly.
Usual cost: $1 to $2