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5 Street food you must try when you travel to Cambodia

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Cambodia Street food

In Cambodia food is very important and street food is everywhere. One of the first things we ask when we meet people is “How are you, have you eaten?”. So what best but to introduce some of our preferred Cambodian Snacks. You can find them in any foodie night market where you have many options regarding Khmer recipes. Keep your mind open and your palate will appreciate them, 100% guarantee.

Water Beetles

Yes, it is scary even to get rid of a beetle you find in your home. But trust me, it is different here in Cambodia. Our Siem Reap beetles are clean…and tasty! To give you some hints or if you are not coming in our after dark food tour here is one of the few tips we pass during our tours: The female water beetles are much meatier and are therefore sold at a higher price. The male water beetles have a pointy black piece under their shell that needs to be pulled off before you eat it. Just close your eyes and crunch. Once you start enjoying this crunchy tasty appetizer you can move to the next Khmer snack.

Crickets

This crunchy delicacy takes some bravery to try, but it’s most definitely worth a try. Crickets are served deep-fried and are cooked with lots of seasoning, so they have quite a strong taste. Crickets are often caught during the night by farmers for some extra money or protein and are then either eaten at family dinner, for a snack, or they are sold to surrounding markets.

Frogs

The frog is delicious! Somewhat people are hesitant to try them initially. But if you come on holiday in Cambodia, you should try it. It is definitely one of the things to do in Siem Reap. For sure once you try, you do it again and again. The taste of the frog can be compared to chicken. In Cambodia, the frogs are small so we often stuffed them with pork and veggies. There is lemongrass, herbs, and tons of spices mixed in, making the frog very flavorful. If you are feeling reluctant, mix it with rice, and take a bite.

Ants

Before talking Ants in Khmer food tour two amazing facts about them. First, always remember, they can carry up to 50 times their own weight. Then the only continent where you cannot find ants is Antarctica, what a name then!
Now diving in the food part one of the benefits of eating ants is the low calories, low fat, and high protein aspect. Anyone said they are perfect for a diet?
But finally, about this Cambodia Dish, let’s read one of our guest comments, we could not explain it better: “Now I didn’t realize I was eating ants as I swallowed them, which was probably better. It was night time, and I guess I was deep in conversation when the discussion carried on about the ants we would try. It’s an easy thing to miss, seeing as the ants were mixed in with meat and vegetables. When I was told I was eating ants I was in disbelief. So I put my flashlight on the plate, and, yup, there they were. They added a delicious sour taste to the dish, and I highly recommend you try them. Plus, they are high in protein!”

Kralan

It doesn’t have the most unique flavor, but something draw you into it. Maybe it’s the effort that it takes to be made, or maybe because it’s so unlikely a snack we would have anywhere else. Kralan is made with rice, coconut milk, black beans, and bamboo, and it’s a lengthy process. The ingredients are placed inside of the bamboo, which is then cooked for almost an hour. That’s a long time for a snack that is sold for just 30 cents per stick. When ready it’s super easy to eat! Just peel the bamboo sections off and you’ve got a delicious snack.

Want to try all of this and more? Book our After Dark Food tour

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