STREET FOODIE

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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

Bok La­hong

(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

Banh Chao

(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

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