There are many small street restaurants in Siem Reap and Streetfood is very popular. Some consist only of a small stand, without a floor. If you want to really eat „Cambodian- or Khmer-style“, you have to try one of these. Most are quite tasty and also much cheaper than in the centre of Siem Reap.
After our excursion to Angkor Wat, we stopped at a street restaurant near the temple complex and ate pancakes and fried rice. The pancakes are very thin and prepared in a Wok, rolled and served on banana leaf. Inside you find vegetables and small pieces of meat if you so order.
A pancake is eaten in the following manner:
First you wash your hands – a bowl with water and lemons is nearby for this purpose. Then you select a piece of salad out of the salad bowl filled with herbs and salad leaves, break off a piece from the pancake with its filling, select some of the herbs based on your taste, and roll the whole thing together inside the salad leaf. You then dip the salad roll into a sauce and eat it in one mouthful.
The fried rice is served with beef or with a fried egg for vegetarians and you can add a bit of chili sauce, which is not too hot.
The pancakes were really an experience. We would have thought that they are eaten as served and not that you have to use your own hands to break them with salad leaves into small pieces and then swallow them in one mouthful.
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