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Regional Information on Cambodia

Cambodia, Asia
Regional Notes - Events - Gatherings & Groups - Travel Information

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Visitor Notes:

Subject: 'Information, advice, and links at Verdant Reports'
Posted by IanMcDonald on: Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 10:54 AM PST
Nicolas, owner of Chamkar restaurant in Siem Reap, translates "I am vegetarian" as "Dtai bon lai", literally "I eat only vegetables". The Verdant Report about travelling vegan or vegetarian in Cambodia includes my experience, links to other blogs about travelling veg*n in Cambodia, and an internet radio report that includes Nicolas' advice for travellers.


Subject: 'General Notes'
Posted by simpsonyellow on: Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 12:09 AM PST
Unlike its neighbours Vietnam and Thailand, Cambodian cuisine is not spectacularly veg*n friendly, with seafood and barbecued meat forming the basis of most local dishes. However, in the major centres, most international restaurants have at least a few vegetarian (and occasionally vegan) offerings, and some Khmer restaurants offer veggie versions of local dishes (e.g. tofu amok - traditionally a seafood dish). Obtaining veg*n fare at street vendors, market stalls and most local restuarants is usually not possible without asking the vendors to adapt their normal dishes, and the result will most often be a simple meal of fried noodles with veg, fried rice with veg, or steamed rice with veg.

A few useful phrases:

K'nyom nyam m'hoab boo-ah = I eat vegetarian food (literally "food of monks")
Ot nyam ... tay = I do not eat ...
Soam kom dak ... = Please don't add ...
Saitch = meat
Tray = fish
Teuk tray = fish sauce
Prayng k'chawng = oyster sauce
Pra hoc = shrimp paste
Porng mow-un = egg
Teuk daw goa = milk

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