Eating street food in Siem Reap
Siem Reap has become one of the most popular destinations in Cambodia. We asked ourselves why people tend to linger here and stay. There are more expats here than in many cities like Sihanoukville, Kep or Kampot in Cambodia. Not taking the capital Phnom Penh into account.
The charming town of Siem Reap is a very soothing and relaxing place. There are lots of things to do and many things to se. But our favourite thing is to go out in the afternoon for what we call “street feeding”. Basically eating out, but eating street food.
In Siem Reap the restaurants have menus starting at 3-4 USD. The overall standard is Khmer food but also western food and even snake and alligator.
But the street food is, in our opinion, so much more worth the effort going out. In Siem Reap the street food is noodle dominated. Rice noodles and wheat noodles with vegetables and fried egg is the main source of food here. As the sun starts to set more motorbikes with food carts arrive and you’ll be able to get banana and chocolate pancakes, fresh juice, chicken kebab or exotic food like snake, crickets and spiders. Yes, we have tried and it was amazing! In a wierd type of way.
Eating street food in Siem Reap is not only cheaper than the average restaurant. But it is more fun if you like to get with the locals. The local food vendors love when tourists eat at their carts. If they don’t know any english they will try to communicate with you anyway. And if you take the time to stop and enjoy the food on one of their plastic stools they will be more than happy.
The street food is not hard to find in Siem Reap. Stroll around the markets like the old market, the night market and the original night market. The noodle vendors are mainly located between the old market and the river. Stroll between the old market and the night markets and the possibilities are endless.