Food Trip Chronicles: Eating My Way Through Siem Reap

Here at the Jeepney Stop, food is akin to the Holy Grail. No travel adventure is complete without sampling the local fare. Consider your trip to Siem Reap a total failure if you don’t experience the street food and other cuisines that make the city a food-lover’s paradise.

From obscure alleyways to busy street corners, tourists should not miss out on the chance to sample the amazing array of cuisines that range from local Cambodian dishes to Western dining options. For the ultimate street food adventure, sample the many offerings in the Old Market and Pub Street Areas. The choices are endless!

For the best of the best, follow my food trail below:

Ice cold Cambodian coffee with sweet milk ahhhhh
Ice cold Cambodian coffee with sweet milk ahhhhh

• Bahn Mi – Imagine biting into a crusty and perfectly-toasted mini baguette and tasting the spicy, tender grilled pork and the shock of tart and refreshing coleslaw that balances out the heat. And all this for $0.50. Hungry yet? It’s the perfect early morning breakfast to energize you before heading out to explore the city. Where to find it? From Sivatha Boulevard, take a right after the Terrace of the Elephant restaurant (before even getting to Pub Street), walk straight towards the Old Market, along the way after the row of travel and tour offices, you’ll see the small cart with a smiling lady flipping pork skewers on the grill and cutting bread.

• Pho: For a huge bowl of Beef pho with fresh rice noodles, beef balls and a side of basil, cilantro and bean sprouts head over to the street vendor right beside the building where Club X is along Sivatha Boulevard. It’s right beside the convenience store and across Pub Street.

• Loklak: Right beside the Pho stand is another food cart serving traditional Khmer food, order the Loklak Fried Rice and a glass of Dragon Fruit shake or any shake you want. I personally prefer the Lemon.

• Amok: The best Amok is at the Khmer Family Restaurant. They serve it into a bowl fashioned from a banana leaf. You need to have rice on the side.

• Fried Crispy Noodles: Anywhere. I had my first taste of this outside Angkor Wat. It’s just like your standard instant ramen noodles but with vegetables, chili flakes and a fried egg. The perfect snack after an exhausting day of temple climbing.

• Fresh and Fried Spring Rolls: I’ve had fresh spring rolls every day during my stay there and nothing beats the one at the Khmer Family Restaurant along Pub Street. Fresh veggies, ground pork, baby shrimp wrapped in rice paper dipped in a delightful peanut sauce. YUM!!!

• Ice Cream: Hands down, head to Blue Pumpkin for a scoop of heavenly ice cream that comes in a wide variety of flavors. Lounge in their sofa to rest your aching feet and escape the searing heat of the sun.

• Coffee: Sure I like the Cambodian way of drinking coffee by adding lots of sweet milk but at the end of the day I needed my espresso-laden, steamed milk and foam-topped cappuccino. Cafe Central across the Old Market serves up the best coffee and the sexiest cup of foamy cappuccino goodness. Their western big breakfasts are equally awesome.

• Crepes: Well, Siem Reap was colonized by the French so of course they have crepes. Visit La Creperie, a quaint cafe within the city’s maze of alleys. From Pub Street, make your way through the alley beside Khmer Family Restaurant, go straight and take a left, you can’t miss it. The Banana Nutella Crepe is sinful. How can something so bad taste so good?!?! Answer me! I love the small native bananas they used that are not so sweet and not mushy at all.

Of course, don’t forget that the best kind of foodtrip is the one you make on your own. So follow your tastebuds and discover your own food trail!

Anyway, let’s not waste time on words and move on to the hunger-inducing pictures!!!

The best AMOK in the city at Khmer Family Restaurant
The best AMOK in the city at Khmer Family Restaurant
La Creperie's Banana Nutella Crepe...droooool
La Creperie’s Banana Nutella Crepe…droooool
Even dessert places serve a whole lot of food
Even dessert places serve a whole lot of food
Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar
Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar
Finally, American breakfast! I needed bacon to offset all the street food.
Finally, American breakfast! I needed bacon to offset all the street food.
The best Pizza on Pub Street
The best Pizza on Pub Street
Streetside spicy fried noodles with egg for only $1
Streetside spicy fried noodles with egg for only $1
Beef Amok, a traditional Khmer Dish with beef, curry and a buttload of spices. Must be eaten with rice.
Beef Amok, a traditional Khmer Dish with beef, curry and a buttload of spices. Must be eaten with rice.
Beef Loklak - another Khmer dish.
Beef Loklak – another Khmer dish.
Fried seafood rice, fried pineapple rice and some garlic pork ribs
Fried seafood rice, fried pineapple rice and some garlic pork ribs
Bitter Coffee + Sweet Milk (Condensed), Cambodian style
Bitter Coffee + Sweet Milk (Condensed), Cambodian style
Fresh coconut water!
Fresh coconut water!
Spicy grilled pork, refreshingly tart asian slaw inside a perfectly crusty and toasty baguette - the ultimate streetside breakfast
Spicy grilled pork, refreshingly tart asian slaw inside a perfectly crusty and toasty baguette – the ultimate streetside breakfast
Bahn Mi Stand!!!
Bahn Mi Stand!!!
A daily morning habit - pork and bread.
A daily morning habit – pork and bread.
Beef kebabs with chili sauce
Beef kebabs with chili sauce
Fried garlic pork and rice
Fried garlic pork and rice
Saucy street noodles with beef
Saucy street noodles with beef
Late night snack
Late night snack
Stopping by the sidewalk after a long night out
Stopping by the sidewalk after a long night out
Beef pho! Cilantro overload
Beef pho! Cilantro overload
$1 for a huge bowl of beef pho
$1 for a huge bowl of beef pho
If only I could bring this in my backpack
If only I could bring this in my backpack
And the Pho is ready to go! Yeah Boi
And the Pho is ready to go! Yeah Boi
Very cute packaging for dried fruits and Tom Yum mix
Very cute packaging for dried fruits and Tom Yum mix
Loving the minimalistic typography design
Loving the minimalistic typography design
The best ice cream in Siem Reap - Blue PUmpkin
The best ice cream in Siem Reap – Blue PUmpkin
Love the clean, white interiors
Love the clean, white interiors
Rambutan!!! 1 kilo for only $1
Rambutan!!! 1 kilo for only $1
See, this place really is good!
See, this place really is good!
You can get drunk on a budget over here
You can get drunk on a budget over here
This restaurant MUST be a part of your itinerary or you will miss half your life.
This restaurant MUST be a part of your itinerary or you will miss half your life.
THE best Fresh Spring rolls ever
THE best Fresh Spring rolls ever
$1 Choco Soy Milk
$1 Choco Soy Milk
Blue pumpkin coffee and vanila ice cream
Blue pumpkin coffee and vanila ice cream
Khmer condiments
Khmer condiments
The sexiest cappuccino in Siem Reap
The sexiest cappuccino in Siem Reap
Cambodian Cold Cuts and a basket of fresh baguettes for lunch.
Cambodian Cold Cuts and a basket of fresh baguettes for lunch.
Lemongrash refresher at Asana Old Wooden House
Lemongrash refresher at Asana Old Wooden House
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