local insight: scintillating Cambodian street food

Cambodia has a great street food scene! Throughout the country you’ll find street vendors selling stir-fried noodles, rice porridge, fruits, ice cream served in a sweet hot dog bun, eggs, roasted sweet potato…even crickets, spiders and other creepy crawlies. Prices vary depending on where you eat, however market food will tend to cost $1.00 – $2.00 per dish, dishes at local Cambodian restaurants will cost $2.00 – $5.00, and dishes at restaurants geared toward tourists will often have dishes starting at $3.00 on up.


While there is delicious food everywhere, street food has two advantages over dishes cooked in restaurants: transparency and immediacy. When you eat on the street nothing is hidden so you can see the person handling your food, the surface on which it’s prepared and the ingredients that are being used. It’s also quick – the original fast food!


Some of Diethelm Travel Cambodia’s recommended places to find the best street food options throughout the country are:


Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmei) in Phnom Penh

Central Market is the most beautiful and clean market in Phnom Penh. The best time to visit is in the early evening around dinnertime before 21:00 hrs. Other markets in the city that also have a wide variety of street food offerings include the Russian Market (Phsar Toul Tom Poung), Old Market (Phsar Chas) and Phsar Boeung Keng Kang.


Old Market (Phsar Chas) in Siem Reap

You’ll be surprised how much of a price drop there is just a few metres away from Siem Reap’s Pub Street. The food stands around the Old Market are good, clean, cheap and delicious. For those really wanting to dive deep into the town’s street food scene, check out our evening street food tour for a fun evening taste testing local delicacies.


Recommended tours:
evening street food tour in Siem Reap
beyond the archaeological complex: gallery walk and angkor night market


Phsar Leu & Night Market in Sihanoukville

Like any market in Cambodia, Phsar Leu in Sihanoukville has a number of street food options, especially seafood since it is located at the beach. Another good place to check out is Night Market at Golden Lion.