Cambodian Cuisine: Asia’s most underrated?

Discussions about restaurants, cafes, coffee shops or bars in Cambodia. Feel free to write any reviews you have, whether its the best burger you've had in Phnom Penh or the worse pizza in sihanoukville, we want to read it! Discussions about Khmer dishes are also in here, or you can leave your own. If you own a restaurant, feel free to let the expat community know about it here so that we can come check it out. Found a favorite cafe or have a place we should avoid? Tell us about it. Asian recipes & questions are always welcome.
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Re: Cambodian Cuisine: Asia’s most underrated?

Post by sigmoid » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:04 am

Whatever you do, don't go to Laos.

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Re: Cambodian Cuisine: Asia’s most underrated?

Post by explorer » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:50 pm

John Bingham wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:36 am
this is a thread about cuisine, not the muck you eat in roadside shacks in the boonies.
I suggest, somebody start a new thread, listing the names Cambodian restaurants which always have fresh food, and use proper hygiene. Next time I am in the area I can check them out. Include information as to whether they are run by foreigners or Cambodians. They can be anywhere in Cambodia.
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Re: Cambodian Cuisine: Asia’s most underrated?

Post by John Bingham » Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:10 pm

Nope.
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Re: Cambodian Cuisine: Asia’s most underrated?

Post by Kuroneko » Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:39 pm

explorer wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:50 pm
John Bingham wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:36 am
this is a thread about cuisine, not the muck you eat in roadside shacks in the boonies.
I suggest, somebody start a new thread, listing the names Cambodian restaurants which always have fresh food, and use proper hygiene. Next time I am in the area I can check them out. Include information as to whether they are run by foreigners or Cambodians. They can be anywhere in Cambodia.
With all due respect your posts come across as extremely tedious and at times condescending but as troll type posts they are very effective. Even my cat agrees! :lol:

However: There are a few threads already, and there have always been a few excellent restaurants in Phnom Penh even twenty odd years ago when I arrived there was l'Atmosphere followed by Le Petit Bordeaux, Open Wine and La Petite France. Now there are literally "wall to wall" restaurants in Phnom Penh with cuisine of all nationalities, just do a google to find them.

Here's Doc67's review of La Ferme de Bassac for example getting-your-fill/ferme-bassac-review-t ... ml#p353604 I think my reviews are on TOF and you could also check some of Migs reviews there.




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Re: Cambodian Cuisine: Asia’s most underrated?

Post by Kammekor » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:31 pm

Cambodian cuisine has quite a few nice dishes, and my wife makes a few.

The problem is not so much the cuisine, but finding the right ingredients in the boonies. Beef everywhere, but it's either extremely chewy or fatty. The same for pork.

But a Khmer lok lak made of proper bush meat..... Not much beating that one.
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Re: Cambodian Cuisine: Asia’s most underrated?

Post by willyhilly » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:03 pm

The rice is fine. We eat the export stuff from Battambong and it us the equal of Thai rice. The missus cooks some pretty good dishes but I think they are more Thai than Khmer . And unlike Khmer food it is very hot. We eat lots of chicken feet, pigs feet, fish and crab. They do miss the rats though.
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Re: Cambodian Cuisine: Asia’s most underrated?

Post by Mishmash » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:09 pm

phuketrichard wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:01 am
I have to disagree a bit, have had a few excellent dishes prepared in Cambodian homes and my gf's Lok Lak and fish Amok are great
BUT what you get in restaurants is largely, you eat cause you have to eat and the gf/wife doesn't have access to a kitchen. Even Burmese food is better....
Best flip food i had was in HK>
Yeah the home stuff is the best. A wife/GF who can't cook is like a suit with no pockets.
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Re: Cambodian Cuisine: Asia’s most underrated?

Post by clutchcargo » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:15 pm

explorer wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:50 pm
John Bingham wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:36 am
this is a thread about cuisine, not the muck you eat in roadside shacks in the boonies.
I suggest, somebody start a new thread, listing the names Cambodian restaurants which always have fresh food, and use proper hygiene. Next time I am in the area I can check them out. Include information as to whether they are run by foreigners or Cambodians. They can be anywhere in Cambodia.
Explorer- as JB said, this thread was and always was only about khmer cuisine vis a vie other asian cuisines. It wasn't about food hygiene until you brought it up... That's a side issue that is derailing this thread..

Given you brought that up, how about you start up the new thread that you suggest about khmer restaurant hygiene and which ones have fresh food or not?
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Re: Cambodian Cuisine: Asia’s most underrated?

Post by Confused » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:12 pm

In answer to the question, I'd say the most under rated is Philippines, because it seems to have a reputation for being appalling, and is generally perfectly acceptable I found.

In terms of the best options Singapore has to win hands down, but Cambodia would certainly be up near the top of the list I'd say, particularly if price was taken into account.

The trouble I find in Phnom Penh, is how quickly many great little places close down. Every time I went it would seem like my favourite restaurants from the previous trip were no longer around.
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Re: Cambodian Cuisine: Asia’s most underrated?

Post by phuketrichard » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:38 pm

Confused wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:12 pm
In answer to the question, I'd say the most under rated is Philippines, because it seems to have a reputation for being appalling, and is generally perfectly acceptable I found.

In terms of the best options Singapore has to win hands down, but Cambodia would certainly be up near the top of the list I'd say, particularly if price was taken into account.

The trouble I find in Phnom Penh, is how quickly many great little places close down. Every time I went it would seem like my favourite restaurants from the previous trip were no longer around.
now i know ur full of shit, PI food is some of the worst crap i have ever eaten and you rate Khmer food over Thai ? :please: :please:
In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. HST
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