Whenever I’m on my travels, one of the things I love trying out the most is the various street food. One afternoon I came across a small stand, where I saw a handsome teenaged Cambodian boy with a great smile happily frying something on his food cart. Either himself or who I’m assuming is his father, as he has the same great smile, will be cooking up chive dumplings in the afternoons (unfortunately, I never got the proper name in Khmer). It’s hard to say when they will be around, but if he is on the street on the southern end of the Old Market in Siem Reap, it’s usually sometime after 3 pm and before 9 pm – likely once these delicious items are sold out for the day.
Essentially they’re made up of a rice flour shell filled with chopped chives, or the local Cambodian equivalent. They are then fried in oil and topped off with a couple of sauces – the main one consists of what I believe to be fish sauce, sugar, and a little bit of vinegar. If you like it spicy, they will top it off with a bit of chili sauce. Eat them while they’re hot, and be careful not to burn your mouth!
These were probably my favourite street cart morsels that I found in my time in Siem Reap. Two for 3000 riels ($0.75 USD), 3 for $1, or 8 for $2 – you really can’t really complain about the price!