When it comes to finding great food in Southeast Asia, there’s very little room for disappointment. Some say Thailand’s cuisine is worth the trip alone; Vietnamese pho is staying put in our nation’s culinary heart; Singaporean, Malaysian, and Laotian foods all get their fare share of the international food spotlight. But there is one country’s cuisine that has been left out of the conversation for too long: Cambodian.
Having just come back from Siem Reap myself, I turned to fellow travel writers and friends to see if my findings (that Cambodian food far surpassed Thai on my trip) were the exception or the rule. As it turns out, I am not alone; everyone that took my rudimentary survey agreed that Cambodian cuisine is the most underrated in Southeast Asia. I’m just here to bust the secret wide open