In January, my friends went on a trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia to visit one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Angkor Wat. We had no idea what Cambodian cuisine was and we had a bad first meal in Cambodia. So when we were looking for a place to eat for dinner, we carefully searched for a restaurant that seemed decent. We ended up eating at Cambodian Soup Restaurant.
During our first night in Cambodia, my friends and I decided to go to Pub Street to have dinner there after checking in at Angkor Pearl Hotel. If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay, try Angkor Pearl Hotel. Read review here. Cambodian Soup Restaurant had their grill setup in front of their restaurant. Their grill was very inviting so we decided to have dinner there.
Our first order was Cambodian Soup with Chicken. We wanted to have something that is Cambodian. What better to order than a soup that’s called Cambodian Soup? It has a tangy taste to it with a hint of sweetness from the pineapple. It tastes kind of like Tom Yum soup without the spicy flavor. The Cambodian Soup also has lemongrass just like Tom Yum Soup. I find this soup to be soothing due to the herbs and spices in this soup.
When I saw Fresh Spring Rolls in the menu, I immediately added Fresh Spring Rolls to our order. These spring rolls may not be cheap but for me it’s definitely worth the $4.50 that we paid for. The rolls are filled with a lot of ingredients. Their version of fresh spring rolls includes bean sprouts, carrots, rice vermicelli, pork, greens, and some other ingredients that I can’t remember. This is the best fresh spring roll I had in Cambodia.
Three of us ordered Grilled Squid since it’s one of the cheapest decent food in their grill menu. I regret being stingy that night since their Grilled Squid wasn’t good. It was rubbery and tasted just okay unlike Gerry’s Grill’s Grilled Squid that tasted so good! I really can’t help but compare. Gerry’s Grill did set a high bar when it comes to Grilled Squid.
I also ordered Khmer Frog because I wanted to eat something exotic. It only costs a dollar so even if it’s not good, at least I only spent a dollar for it. Fortunately the frog tasted good. The frog is even better compared to the squid. I know this may sound like a cliché but frog really tastes like chicken.
I really wish we did our research before eating at Cambodian Soup Restaurant. Maybe we would have better luck at eating tasty dishes if we came in prepared. From what I’ve read at TripAdvisor, some of the people who ate there really enjoyed their meals.
Cambodian Soup Restaurant
Pub Street | Mondul 1, Svay Dangkum,
Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia