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Food Lover's Guide to Phnom Penh

By Viator, July 2018

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While Southeast Asian influence is evident in dishes in Phnom Penh, many Khmer recipes pre-date the chili’s popularity. As a result, food here is milder than that of neighboring Thailand, making the city an ideal gateway to the rest of the region’s cuisine. Here are some of the best foods and food-related experiences in Phnom Penh.

Must-Try Dishes
As in many Southeast Asian countries, breakfast in Cambodia is typically a savory affair. Start your day with an early morning bowl of nom banh chok, a dish of rice noodles in a savory broth with bean sprouts, banana flowers, cucumbers, green onions, mint, and basil.

If you only have time to try one Khmer dish in Phnom Penh, make it fish amok, mild white fish cooked in a rich and creamy curry and steamed in a banana leaf bowl. Milder but just as flavorful as its Thai counterpart, Khmer curry is often made with chicken, coconut cream, and diced sweet potatoes served over rice or a baguette. Those who prefer red meat can sample bò lúc lắc, stir-fried beef seasoned with Kampot pepper on a bed of fresh vegetables. No matter what you order, be sure to try it with a dollop of prahok, a favorite Cambodian condiment of fermented fish paste.

Must-Do Experiences
Embark on a tasting tour of Phnom Penh’s best street food from the stalls of Phsar Kandal and Phsar Chas markets.
Sip coffee in the city’s old French quarter.
Get a feel for how local chefs shop with a guided visit to Phnom Penh’s famous Central Market and Russian Market.
Discover the secrets of Khmer cooking during a hands-on class led by a local chef.
Hop aboard a tuk tuk for an evening of food and craft-beer tasting.
Learn how Cambodian beer is made during a tour of the Kingdom Breweries facility, sampling various beers and ciders along the way.

Tours & Tickets

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Kingdom Breweries Tour and Beer Tasting in Phnom Penh

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Come tour the Kingdom Breweries facility in Phnom Penh and sample the many different flavors of beer and ciders. Tour starts in the brewery's elegant bar, The ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $15.00
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Phnom Penh Culinary Delights Tour

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Explore the delights of Khmer cuisine with this 5-hour hands-on culinary experience. Start with a guided tour of the local food market before trying your hand ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
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Half-Day Phnom Penh Food Tour

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See Phnom Penh from a culinary perspective on this 6-hour food walking tour. With a private guide, gain insight into Phnom Penh's vibrant street food scene and ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
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Half-Day Phnom Penh Food Adventure

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Go on a foodie adventure in Phnom Penh to try some typical, as well as not-so-typical, Khmer cuisine. With a guide, you'll walk around town on a 3-hour evening ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.00
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Phnom Penh Night Life Experience

Highlights Rooftop cocktails Zooming around city traffic & famous sights Local street food Live music restaurant Upscale alley bar Free flow ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.00
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Phnom Penh Evening Food & Craft Beer Tour by Tuktuk

On our Phnom Penh Evening Food and Craft Beer Tour, a fleet of tuktuks will take you to local, family-run Cambodian businesses that don’t make it into the ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00

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