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Re: Cambodian Food

Post by phuketrichard » Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:28 pm

davegorman wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:29 pm
explorer wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:32 pm
To the recent arrivals in Cambodia.

Go to restaurants with a lot of customers.

The food is probably nicer.

You are less likely to get food poisoning.
OMG. You’re full of helpful advice.
next he will be telling everyone to look on TA and only go to recommended restaurants from there

I once was in Bagan an went out to eat, saw a restaurant full of young westerners, that had a sign "recommended by Trip advisor"
i went in the empty one next door ( same menu) and had a great Burmese meal. Asked the owner why he was empty an he pointed at the young backpackers eating western food in the restaurant next door and said he wasn't on ta .....YET> LOL

I seldom eat in Khmer restaurants cause my gf an her sisters can cook much tastier food..
Most we will eat out is soup for breakfast or if we are on the road

Personally we prefer spicy foods so find thai an Malaysian food much tastier..
an the food in the Singapore food courts.....MMMM delicious :thumb:
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Re: Cambodian Food

Post by orussey98 » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:01 pm

If you stay in phnom penh (worst > riverside area=big scam) of course the food suck :D

Having family here and some in countryside, i can say that food served in Phnom Penh is awful.

Like some says before me, it's not about repeating, but mostly "give me your money today".
The ones who live on repetition > rice place for building worker , and it's really good.
Also the money doesn't meet the good cook. Investors prefer to employ someone from the family or someone they know.
When good cooks don't have the money to open a restaurant.

If you want to eat properly you need to know some people who will cook for you real food.
The best would be to eat in countryside with farmer where they cook for real.

In my family women are great cook, I don't think it's only in mine.
(btw been in Vietnam and Thailand)
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Re: Cambodian Food

Post by Chamboy » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:27 pm

"The best would be to eat in countryside with farmer where they cook for real."

The bucolic notion that rural cuisine is rsuperior is an illusion. They work hard and would happily devour the table the meal sits on. I’ve been living in rural Cambodia for almost 2 decades and am weary of the local market"s breakfast selection, rice 3-4 times a day or homemade backyard soup, nutritious but boring. Their food is of the same quality as their rice wine. Imminently forgettable, but it gets the job done. Primarily food is viewed for it's utilitarian functions. Taste buds be damned and pull up a seat stranger!
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Re: Cambodian Food

Post by GMJS-CEO » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:38 pm

Most Cambodian food is subpar, especially with Thailand and Vietnam next door with great food. And not just the taste, I cannot stand the bashing bones into small pieces in the food.

That being said I do like Kaw and Luk lak. My wife learned from YouTube a bunch of western recipes so I feel fortunate.
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Re: Cambodian Food

Post by John Bingham » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:04 pm

orussey98 wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:01 pm
If you stay in phnom penh (worst > riverside area=big scam) of course the food suck :D

Having family here and some in countryside, i can say that food served in Phnom Penh is awful.

Like some says before me, it's not about repeating, but mostly "give me your money today".
The ones who live on repetition > rice place for building worker , and it's really good.
Also the money doesn't meet the good cook. Investors prefer to employ someone from the family or someone they know.
When good cooks don't have the money to open a restaurant.

If you want to eat properly you need to know some people who will cook for you real food.
The best would be to eat in countryside with farmer where they cook for real.

In my family women are great cook, I don't think it's only in mine.
(btw been in Vietnam and Thailand)
The food made in homes is much more carefully prepared and can be much better. The area I work in is central enough but nearly all the local restaurants/ cafes sell almost exclusively to locals. They sell a wide variety of lunchtime dishes, or specialize in one item like duck. The ones that sell good food get well known, and the ones that sell crap don't see many customers. I've never seen any other barang in one of these places and get the exact same food as any of the (local) people with me so it's ridiculous that some on here are claiming sabotage and rotten meat. I'm not crazy about most local food though, it can be okay but I'd prefer Mexican/ Indian/ Italian etc.
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Re: Cambodian Food

Post by Amkoo » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:21 pm

I totally agree, cambodian food is nasty. I have never had tasty cambodian food either.
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Re: Cambodian Food

Post by BklynBoy » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:38 pm

my 3 favorites are
1. Kor sach chrouk ( carmelized pork and egg)
2. fish amok
3. khmer red curry
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Re: Cambodian Food

Post by John Bingham » Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:00 pm

BklynBoy wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:38 pm

Kor sach chrouk ( caramelized pork and egg)
That's one of the common dishes sold at lunchtime. The taste is okay but the pork is usually bony or has too much fat.
Curries, green or red are usually good here, it just depends again on how many bones are still in the mix.
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Re: Cambodian Food

Post by cautious colin » Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:45 pm

BklynBoy wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:38 pm
my 3 favorites are
1. Kor sach chrouk ( carmelized pork and egg)
2. fish amok
3. khmer red curry
along with nom banh chok, Kuy teav, sour soups ,Kor Ko (the beef one not somlor korko although not bad), frog stuffed with kroeung, beef salad, Banh Chao (banh xeo & other Vietnamese/Cambodian food), banana flower salad, mango salad etc etc

I agree with other posters that good Cambodian food can be hard to find but there is some great stuff out there.
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Re: Cambodian Food

Post by newkidontheblock » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:13 am

Part of reason missus seems to have gotten sick was from eating Taiwanese food. First thing back in Cambodia she bought rice soup and fried noodles from a sidewalk stall. Even though barely at any of it, just touching the food made her feel better.

Go figure.

Have you tried the Khmer ginger fried chicken?
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