During our stay in Siem Reap, we mostly ate on the streets and nearby eateries. Because of having a limited budget, food is one of the things we had to compromise when eating in Cambodia.
We spent 3 days and 2 nights there but we did not starve ourselves during that trip. However, we didn't splurge either. Average food costs around 2 to 2.50 USD but we really went in for those cheaper alternatives such as 1 dollar meals.
Breakfast Meals in our Guesthouse
Breakfast food were already provided during our stay in Bousavy Guesthouse so we saved a lot considering we had three meals in total.
What I like best is that they always have a banana and some pineapple slices on the side to go with the breakfast. A simple meal can look great when you know how to present it. With the big servings, my friends were not able to eat it all so lucky for me, I got to take the remaining portion of their food. hehe.
Dinner Meals at Bousavy Guesthouse
Apart from the free breakfast meals, we took advantage of a package that included one free dinner meal of our choice. It was great that we were able to choose from a wide set of choices. I apologize if I was not able to write down the actual names written on the menu.
Fried Rice with Meat and Noodles – Nayeli, a reader of this blog, noticed that Cambodia doesn't have specific names for food except for Amok. The rest of the food are called by what's in them. After going through my notes, I would have to agree with her assessment. Or probably I haven't scouted those genuine Khmer cuisine? I'm not even sure if we were able to eat their national food called Amok.
Ice Cream in a Mall
After enduring the heat from walking under the sun during the tour around the temples, what better way to reward yourself than to eat some frozen delights? We dropped by a mall and saw an ice cream booth selling different flavors of frozen delights. I love the fact a scoop didn't cost as much. 1.50 USD per scoop is definitely not bad.
Ice Cream – 1.50 USD – cheaper than Gelatissimo!
Spinach Rice Cake – We were walking along the road in the Central Market in Siem Reap when we saw a man pushing a cart. We came closer and found out he was selling some rice cakes to which we bought without hesitation. The main ingredient? Spinach.
Spinach Rice Cake – 1 USD
Banana Pancake – Every time I saw banana pancakes in Siem Reap, the tune of Jack Johnson's song of the same title would play in my mind. I would imagine that I was in a beach under a coconut tree, eating those sweet treats.
The dough is put on a pan, bananas are added. Once cooked, milk is poured and cocoa powder is sprinkled. It is then placed on a paper and then wrapped and rolled for eating. It looks more delectable than the way I described it though.
Banana Pancake – 1 USD for 2 pieces
In Cambodia, we felt rich because the dollars that we carried have higher values. Hopefully when I visit this country again, I'll have more cash to splurge and I'll be able to dine in a restaurant that serves traditional Khmer cuisine at a minimum price. In general, the food lacked a little kick to make them a gastronomic experience; or maybe I was expecting spices as that of Thailand. Still, the prices were already good enough because the servings were worth the money we paid for.
We were unlucky to see fried crickets and other bugs on the street. Too bad, it would've been another experience to eat a spider there. Probably next time.
Here’s a couple of comprehensive guides about Siem Reap:
- Tips and Things to Know about Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Digital Nomad Life: One Month in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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- No Ordinary Train Ride From Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
- Bangkok to Siem Reap: Avoid Scammers from Aranyaprathet to Poipet Border
- Where to Stay: Bousavy Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Where to Stay: Victory Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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- Cambodia Trip: Trees in Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Walking Barefoot at Angkor Wat Temple
- Cambodia Trip: Pre Rup, Banteay Srei and East Mebon Temples
- Cambodia Trip: Haggling Prices in Angkor Night Market
- Cambodia Trip: Those Khmer Kids Selling Merchandise
- Cambodia Trip: Chill Out and Relax at Pub Street in Siem Reap
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- Total Budget Expense in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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