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Best Cheap Eats in Siem Reap, Cambodia – Big flavour at small prices

Siem Reap is home to a vast array of restaurants and eateries in pretty much every variety imaginable. Here are some great options to enjoy amazing food at low prices in the town.

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Local cafes

Siem Reap is full of amazing restaurants of all shapes and sizes. From luxury dining at resorts such as the Anantara Angkor Resort, all the way to street food, visitors will truly be spoilt for choice. If you are looking for an inexpensive restaurant in Siem Reap, try some of the local cafes. Some of them offer air conditioning and a great selection of authentic Cambodian dishes such as curries, noodles and soups.

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Indulge in the street food

If you are looking for cheap eats, street food is your best option. The variety of options include pork and rice, noodle dishes and soups for breakfast, steamed buns, fresh spring rolls, batter fried prawns, corn on the cob, chive cakes and noodle stir fries during the late afternoons and fried noodles, smokey grilled sausages, skewers, BBQ duck and dried squid during the early evenings. Travellers can find street food outlets in almost every street corner in Siem Reap. From permanent stalls that appear at specific times all the way to mobile carts pushed or biked around, the selection of options is truly endless. Wan Damnak Street, located just one block from the pagoda is a great spot to find great street food. The small iron roofed shacks offer a wide range of snacks such as beef skewers marinated in kroeung, soy and palm sugar, served on a buttered baguette with chilli sauce, cucumber and pickled radish. The streets around Phsar Chas are also a great location for street food lovers.

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Pickled fruit

Another staple in the streets of Siem Reap are delicious pickled fruits. These are mostly sold by local women bearing baskets. The fruit is cut up and served with chilli, salt and sugar to create an intense medley of flavours in your mouth. These make a unique dessert or a refreshing snack in the afternoons.

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Desserts

You can also enjoy delicious sweet treats for affordable prices, all over Siam Reap. If you head out on any afternoon, you will find elderly ladies, selling a vast array of desserts that can be enjoyed with a cup of tea or on its own. The local morning markets such as Phsar Polanka and Phsar Chas are also great places to find cheap desserts. Num Plae ai, rice flour sticky dumplings stuffed with a syrup made from palm sugar and rolled in fresh grated coconuts and topped with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and served with milk or coconut cream is an unbelievably rich and delicious treat to enjoy from these old ladies.

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Fresh fruit from roadside vendors

If you are on the lookout for something healthier at cheap prices, fresh fruit is your best option. Fresh fruit sellers can be found in local markets as well as in different street corners all over the town. Stock up on some delicious rambutan and mangosteen as well as a few of the more exotic options such as snake fruit and ripe jackfruit that will make a satisfyingly sweet and refreshing snack in the afternoons.

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Exotic snacks

Don't miss out on the opportunity to try some really unfortunate and even frightening snacks on your street food adventure in Siem Reap. 60 Road is a highly popular market to try out some of these unusual treats. Walk around the stalls and you will come across BBQ stalls that feature water beetles, tarantulas, larvae and stuffed frog legs, grilled to perfection.

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