Cambodian (Khmer) cuisine is often overlooked in favour of Thai or Vietnamese food, but it’s just as delicious and stands out on its own. The food here has influences from Thailand and French colonisation, with fresh herbs and spices forming the flavours of most meals.
Cambodian dishes mainly feature rice as part of the meal, with spicy lemongrass flavours and prahok, a pungent fermented fish paste, used in a lot of dishes. Freshwater fish from the Mekong River and Tonle Sap are also prominent, with fish served up in all sorts of tasty ways.
Cambodia is known for its fantastic street food offerings, but you can easily make these dishes at home. We’re sharing some of the best classic Cambodian dishes. These recipes aren’t just any recipes either, as they have been created by the world’s top food bloggers. The best of the best. Make sure check out the other great dishes on their sites too.
The Best Cambodian Dishes
The perfect side dish or appetiser to make for cooks of all levels. It really is incredible how simple this is and just how much flavour it has.
Recipe created by Jay.
The stunning colour comes from the turmeric, while the flavour comes from the chicken bones. A beautifully nourishing soup.
Recipe created by Hein.
Cambodian Amok is a wonderfully fragrant Cambodian curry that uses lemongrass, turmeric, garlic, chilli, ginger and shallot to create a powerfully flavoursome curry paste. You’ll find this traditional dish in restaurants all across the country.
Recipe created by Elizabeth.
Cambodian tapioca banana pudding is a luscious velvety textured dessert hosting flavours of cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, and banana. Great to end a meal but also ideal for breakfast.
Learn how to make Cambodian lort cha (stir-fried short rice noodles) with delicious stir-fry techniques and simple steps. It’s a hearty meal that really hits the spot.
Recipe created by Marvellina.
This popular soup has its origin from Cambodian-Chinese. In fact, Nam Vang is the Vietnamese word for Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Vietnamese people have embraced the recipe and added their own twists to the dish.
It’s called “Num Banh Chok” – a Cambodian yellow curry with rice noodles which is light and absolutely bursting with flavours. If you want a light dish, this is the perfect snack.
Recipe created by Torie.
Spending some time in the country? Check out 7 Amazing Facts About Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.