Siem Reap Street Lunch

In Siem Reap, our tour group usually went out early, returned to our hotel for lunch and a siesta, and went out again in the late afternoon. In the hot afternoon I walked around the corner from our hotel and bought take-away food from some small stands.

I picked a busy stand with attractive (cooked) food and styrofoam containers for take-away. I pointed to the pot of green beans I wanted and held up two fingers. The server didn’t speak English, so she asked a patron translate and communicate my order and the price. Two orders of rice and stir-fried green beans with chicken cost $2. The server did a great job of packing the food.

I bought a cold Angkor beer and bottled water at a small grocery store. I asked the price and didn’t quite understand, so I paid two dollars. The guy handed a dollar back to me, saying it’s only one dollar. I smiled and thanked him.

The food was good. The chicken was pretty bony, but what you’d expect for the local clientele and price? Lunch for two cost $3. We liked it, and we did a similar lunch a second day.


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