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- Good morning, hope you're having an amazing day.

It's Mark Wiens in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

And today I'm gonna take you on a local food tour

starting with breakfast.

And then we're gonna have a typical lunch

and then a popular typical Cambodian Khmer dinner.

It's gonna be a great day of eating

and I'm gonna show you the typical meals

in a single day in Phnom Penh.

(rhythmic funky music)

It's about 7 a.m. and I'm starting off this morning

with what is probably the most popular

and the most common of all Cambodian Khmer

street food breakfasts.

And you literally walk outside of your hotel

or wherever you're staying and you can smell

the aroma of the grills,

you can smell that fresh meat in the morning.

And what they do for this dish is that

she scoops you a plate of rice.

It's broken rice, specifically, it's broken rice.

And then she tops on a piece of pork.

And the pork is marinated in a combination of

palm sugar and coconut milk and some other seasonings.

There might be some soy sauce in there.

And so it's a very thin piece of pork

and so it cooks really well done and really

almost kind of crispy.

And you can see that caramelization

on the edges of the pork.

And then she puts that over your rice.

I had to get it with a fried egg as well.

And then this dish is served with a side of pickles

and then a side of soup.

This is a very common breakfast dish that you will find

in Cambodia.


Oh, it's good.

And the pork is indeed cooked very well

so it's a little bit dried out.

But then with that scoop of oil that she added on,

that rehydrates it and that ...

It's so fragrant, it's so smokey.

And I think I can taste a little bit of coconut in there.

I would have preferred my egg to be a little bit runnier

but that's okay.

We've still got a little bit of a transparent yolk in there.

And follow that with some soup.


Oh, that tastes like a fishy soup.

Oh, that just completes the full meal.

If there happens to be a little bit of chili

on this table ...

Oh, which, yes there is,

this would just complete the full meal deal.

Add a little bit of chili on the side here,

or how about right there in the center.

Oh, yes.

Again, the same procedure.

Egg, piece of pork, chili sauce

and some of those pickles.

Oh yes.


Oh, what a breakfast.

And follow with soup.

Really really good in the morning.

That's a great way to start your day

when you're in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,

or anywhere in Cambodia.

And that's about as local and as popular

as you can possibly get.

And you can find it everywhere.

Literally, just take a walk outside

and you will find this dish.

(men speaking in foreign language)

- Okay.



- We're just cutting off a giant truck

and going the opposite direction on the road.

And we're going not too far away.

We're going to the old market.

And there's a lot of things to eat for lunch there.

There should be a good place to grab some

local, typical, Khmer Cambodian lunch.

(rhythmic funky music)

Okay, arkoun.

We made it to this area.

This is close to Psar Chas, which is the old market.

But we're just gonna look for lunch around this area.

This is exactly what I was hoping for.

There is some amazing food at this market.

Lots and lots of different grilled river fish

and some local Khmer delicacies for lunch.

Hello, how are you?

Look at that selection of proteins, fried and grilled.

There's pickles, there's ...

Oh, I can see the prahok, which is the fermented fish paste.

All sorts of grilled fish.

At this market they have about ten different

lunch time stalls that all serve

a beautiful assortment of different food,

especially lots of different grilled river fish.

There's some fried fish as well.

There's some bubbly stews going on.

There's some beautiful steamed

different Cambodian Khmer dishes.

Some prahok, lots of things going on.

And then you have the big pot of rice over here.

This is truly a spectacular display of different foods.

There's so much going on.

This is where we're gonna have Khmer lunch today.

Wow, that is a selection of fish.

These maybe are Snakehead fish, which she curls up

onto a skewer and then they slow roast.

They just sit here on the grill all afternoon

and just kind of slow roast over the coals.

That looks like a fish I wanna eat for lunch.


(woman speaks in foreign language)

Okay, thank you very much.

(Mark speaks in foreign language)

This is one of the meals where you break a sweat

before you even start eating.

I'm just dripping with sweat.

And actually, almost everybody just drives up

on their motorbikes and gets takeaway.

But we wanted to sit here and eat

and so the lady who actually ...

Her business is right in front of where

they're selling the food.

She kindly brought out a table, a little pop up table

for us to eat here.

Really really kind of her.

Thank you very much.

And this is some very local Khmer lunch food.

And this is a cool place.

The aunties cooking the food here are really friendly.

They were excited that we ordered all these foods.

My nose is detecting some definite fermented fish aromas

coming off of this table.

I'm gonna begin with this dish here.

And this is a type of prahok.

And it's a fermented ...

This one is one of the main fermented fish dishes.

It's a paste, I can see some lemongrass in there

and some herbs and some chilies.

And then this one they wrapped in a banana leaf

and grilled it.

Oh, wow.

That's pretty salty.

That's a great flavor, though.

It does have that fermented fish aroma to it.

It's really loaded with lemongrass.

A little bit of a smokey flavor from being roasted as well.

This seems to be one of the most popular

Khmer Cambodian dishes, a mixture of minced meat with egg.

And then kind of ...

I think this might either steamed or ...

I think steamed in this little bowl.

This is a nice little version of it.

It's almost like a little casserole.

I'll reach in with my spoon here.

Oh, the firmness of that.

Stick this onto my rice.

Very salty.

Has like a little bit of a fermented taste to it, too.

It almost sort of has that starchiness of yolk

in texture.

And then you can taste little bits of minced meat

in there as well.

This is one of the more daring looking dishes

that she's serving for lunch today.

And it's little fish in kind of a dark, murky sauce.

Oh, you can actually see,

you get in really close there,

you can actually see some lime pulp in there.

And I think that's shreds of ginger.

I have no idea if these fish are raw

or if they're cooked, or if they're just fermented.



Wow, okay.

It's not nearly as bizarre as I thought it was gonna be.

It kind of has a ...

Okay, it's a little bit fishy.

But it almost has that smokey, fishy kind of taste to it.

I was a little bit hesitant going in with that bite,

'cause I had no idea what it is

and it looks pretty hard core fermented.

But it's actually, the flavor is wonderful.

As I keep on chewing, I can almost taste some cheese

in there, too.

Next up to the big fish and you can oh ...

You lift that skin and it's just like buttery,

buttery flesh underneath.

You can tell that this has been on the grill for awhile.

Oh, it's still nice and hot,

but they do this grilling style where they grill the fish

and they just kinda leave the fish hanging out

on the edges of the fire.

So it just kinda slow roasts and keeps hot

and sort of smokes at the same time for who knows

how many hours.

The actual flesh of the meat, you can taste that

it's freshwater.

And it sort of has that rubberiness as you keep

on chewing between your teeth.

Oh, eat this sauce, with the fish?

Oh, okay, okay.

We just failed to order the sauce,

but luckily, in those little plastic bags,

this is the sauce.

This is the sauce.

Fish, and I'll put this onto my rice.

And then for this bite, let me go in for

some of this sauce.

If you get a really close up look at the sauce,

you can see that there's just crushed nuts in it.

But that does smell very nutty.

That makes all the difference.

That's sour and it's nutty

and it's like ...

You can taste lemony, maybe lemongrass in there.

And maybe some cilantro as well.

Oh yeah, that's what it needed.

That's exactly what it needed.

The yellow topped minced meat egg dish.

It's okay, but it's honestly not my favorite dish.

However, the prahok dish, grilled, roasted

in the banana leaf, that fermented fish dish.

That one is really a complexity of flavors that I love.

That's delicious.

And that fermented fish pickle looking dish

is quite a surprisingly delicious dish as well.

Oh yeah.

We got another fish and another one of these

banana leaf wraps.

They were pretty surprised and excited that we

wanted refills on these dishes.

They're good.

This is specifically the dish of the meal.

Oh, arkoun.

Oh yeah, we just got a handful of vegetables, too.

Just the whole cucumbers and winged beans.

We'll just go ahead and set that into the bag, I guess.

Oh yeah.

And she has some chilies, too.

I think I can just ...

I think it's kind of self-service back there,

that little piles of plastic bags back there.

You can kind of help yourself.

Oh, thank you, arkoun.


I retrieved the final component of this meal.

'Kay, let me move in for some of this fresh banana wrap.

There's kaffir lime leaves down here, too,

giving it an extra citrusy aroma along with that lemongrass.

This is really a winner of a flavor.


That's gonna light my mouth on fire in a few seconds.

I can already feel that chili just juicing.

Oh, the chili's pretty sweet.

That was one of those meals where it feels like

I took a bath after finishing eating.

That was a sweaty meal.

That was some really good food,

some very interesting dishes.

Some of the dishes were kind of surprising with flavor.

Some of the dishes were pretty intense.

The grilled fish, in particular, was really good

along with that pistachio nut sauce.

It wasn't really pistachio, but I don't know what it was,

but it was nutty and green.

And then, I have to say that

this prahok, that was one of the dishes of the meal.

That dish right there was a little bit intense,

but had some surprising flavor.

That's a little bit of an adventurous one.

But really, there's quite a wonderful selection

of food here.

These aunties are friendly

and this is a proper Cambodian Khmer street food lunch

in Cambodia, in Phnom Penh.

(rhythmic electronic music)

We're back in a tuk tuk again.

We're gonna head back home just to hang out

for a couple hours.

And then we'll re-emerge again for Khmer dinner tonight.

(rain pattering)

We spent most of the afternoon inside the house

and it's a good thing, too,

because it downpoured for a couple of hours.

And now, Phnom Penh is ...

Our street is flooded and I'm sure the streets

in the main part of the city are pretty flooded as well.

So we're hoping that the driver for this tuk tuk,

I think he lives right down there.

And he's coming to drive us.

We are in luck.

We got a tuk tuk, on our way to dinner now.

Whoa, whoa, we almost tipped ...

Whoa, that's pretty deep.


Oh, there's some pot holes in that flood.

'Kay, and we are on our way to go eat Khmer barbecue

for dinner.

And that rain ...

That rain really made a difference.

It's nice and cool now.

And that's actually why it was so blazing hot

when we were having lunch.

Hello, Phnom Penh afternoon traffic.

(rhythmic electronic music)

For dinner tonight, we're at a local Khmer

barbecue restaurant.

And they have some really unique and interesting

dishes on their menu.

I wanna first say a big thank you to

Lina Goldberg from Mukhta, Cambodia for this recommendation.

This is kind of a ...

Okay, it's very much a beer garden, but they also have

a huge menu full of food.

But this is a very popular meal to eat Khmer barbecue

for dinner and to come hang out with your friends.

They've just started playing some live music

so I hope you can hear me alright.

But a couple of the dishes have just arrived,

including this awesome dish that I can't wait to try.

It's fried goat with ant eggs.

So you could basically order this with whatever

type of meat you wanted.

So when I saw goat on the menu, I had to go for the goat.

There's goat chunks in here.

I think that's the skin.

These are kaffir lime leaves, but I also smell

a curry aroma to it, so I'm not sure if there's curry leaves

in here, too.

Oh, that is insane.

Oh, that goat meat is so tender.

And those ants have a little bit of a sour crunch to them.

The skin is kinda fatty and creamy,

well, fully fatty and creamy.

And then it has this amazing basily citrusy flavor to it.

Oh man, that's good.

The next dish over here are the fried riblets.

And these are deep fried ribs.

Oh yeah.

Oh, that's just deep fried crunchy rib goodness.

Fully crispified, so like ...

A little bit oily, it's salty,

you can taste the pepper on there.

There are a few more meat dishes that are on their way,

but we also ordered just a plate of random mixed vegetables.


Just their straight up stir fried ...

It kinda has a tangy, garlicky taste to it.

The ribs are amazing, but this fried goat

with red ant eggs is just the superior dish

of this meal so far.

That is insanely good.

That is really really quality ...

That's a dish to remember.

In English, it's known as Lok Lak sometimes,

or as shaken beef, but this is more of a saucy version

that I don't know if I've ever had before.

These are nuggets of beef.

They look like calf.

They look nice and medium rare.

There's an egg on the side, there's french fries.

This is a fantastic looking dish of beef.

Oh, that is so juicy.

Oh you can taste the blood of that rareness of that beef,

just kinda gushing with juice.

This is the type of restaurant where you just want

to sit here and you wanna be snacking on a dish

and then you wanna order another dish.

And you just kinda sit here, enjoy, hang out with friends,

and keep munching throughout the night.

We just ordered another dish.

This one is eel stir-fried with chili.

It's said on the menu.

And you can see these whole ...

Just the whole pieces of chopped up eel.

And what I love is there's just a pile of herbs on top

and that is so fragrant.

I gotta take a whole bit of herbs first

without even any eel.

I only know the Thai names for these herbs.

But that has a little bit of a licoricey taste to it.

Wow, that's an herbacious just explosion in your mouth.

Oh, that's buttery, wonderful eel.

And with those herbs, man, that's good.

That is probably the tastiest Khmer meal

that I've ever had.

That food was unbelievably delicious.

The flavors were just actually perfect.

The herb mixtures, you could taste the lemongrass,

you could taste the pepper.

They were salty and it is a beer garden type of restaurant,

but not only that, but also a really cool

Cambodian experience because they have a live band

and they're playing Khmer music.

And that's gonna complete this full day of

local Khmer food in Phnom Penh.

Breakfast was delicious,

lunch was an adventure and a very very local

street food meal,

and then dinner is just a classic Cambodian Khmer

barbecue feast with live music.

This was a fantastic day in Phnom Penh.

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