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Cambodian foods include rice which is the staple food consummed in most meals, a varitey of tropical fruits, rice, noodles, soups and delicious desserts.

Rice is the staple food and most meals includes a bowl of rice, and noodles are also popular. There are different types or rice including sticky rice which is common in desserts. Seafoods are plentiful and are consummed more than meats.

Thai foods and Cambodian foods have much in common. The meals here are not as spicy as in neighboring Thailand and curry dishes are popular (India), noodle dishes (China), and coconut milk which you will find in many curries and desserts.

A traditional Cambodian meal consists of three to four separate dishes which includs a soup, and a main course.

Many international restaurants are available to tourists and long term resident foreigners serving hamburgers, fries, and pizza's are very common.

Whatever your taste and whatever your budget Cambodia will serve up delicious foods that have their roots in Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.

Cambodian Food
Photo was taken in Phnom Penh but holds true for any city or town in Cambodia. Fruits can be purchased at a larger fresh market or from smaller fruit vendor.

Fresh market as the name indicates tends to be freshest and also lowest in price.

Either way many fresh, delicious, low cost locally grown fruits.
 
 
Cambodian food

Photo above was also taken in Phnom Penh and this is a common Thai restaurant with meals ranging in price from $1 - 2.50 US.

The food is freshly prepared and delicous and safe to eat and if you want to live in Cambodia or Thailand or Philippines and live there affordably then find your favorite nearby local cuisine.

And it will be lower in price than your Western foods that you are accustomed and healthier for you as well.
 
 
Filipino Restaurant

The above photo is of a small Filipino restaurant in Siem Reap.

The soup I ordered was exactly as I remember it and it was $ 3.50 and a huge bowl with extra rice on the side. A filling, delicous meal.

Most of the restaurants in Siem Reap are concentrated in a small area downtown and often one can walk there from one's accommodations.
 
 
Pizza Siem Reap
Large pizza that I ordered in Siem Reap for $ 6.

And as I was very hungry I finished the whole pizza myself.

The restaurant had a nice pool table, lcd tv with movies playing, and in center of downtown Siem Reap.
 
 

Lucky Mall Super Market
This photo is of a fairly new supermarket with grocery shopping on the main level.

Stocked with many foods that we are accustomed to seeing in our grocery stores.

I buy my pop here, tea, coffee, passion fruit, and fried chicken.
 
 
In Siem Reap which is a small town of 90,000 there are many restaurants to choose from. And fashionable restaurants, classy restaurants, French, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and most look very new.

Generally the prices of dining out are low but if you want to spend big time there are accommodations here for several thousand dollars a night and meals from 5 star restaurants that will set you back hundreds of dollars.

Cambodia is a poor country but I have seen more Mercedes S320's and Lexus RX450's here in a couople of days than I have seen in Toronto, Canada in 1 year. There are some people with big monies in Thailand and in Cambodia as well.

What I like most about the dining is that it is all easy to get to, and everything looks like new and the service is excellent. A small tip is appreciated and welcomed.

Locally grown fruits include coconut, rambutan, mango, pineapple, and durian which is known for it's smell.

Imported beer such as Carlsberg, Heineken, Tiger, Guinness and Singha are available in the larger cities and local Cambodian beers such as Angkor, Angkor Stout and Bayon are also available everywhere.

Prices vary for meals depending on whether you are buying from a Cambodian vendor in a fresh market or whether you are buying in a touristy restaurant or high class restaurant. Expect to pay $ 1-3 US on upwards for a filling meal.

If you enjoy Thai food but find it a bit too spicy for your pallette then Cambodian food will be just right for you. Sweet, sour, salty, and bitter sauces to satisfy each taste bud.

Cambodian cuisine is often referred to as "Khmer" cuisine.



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