One of my favourite lunch spots in Siem Reap has no name, but is located near the back of the Arts Night Market in town. With only a few small wooden tables and stools, I came across it one day while walking through to the Golden Banana Superior Hotel. I was craving a shake, and they had a complete menu of various fruit and vegetable options for only $1, along with bowls of noodle soup.
The first time I stopped by, I just tried a mango shake, and found it to be the most delicious in all of Siem Reap. The smooth and sweet texture makes the shake perfect (it tastes like they add a small amount of sweetened condensed milk to the mixture). Not too icy, and full of flavour, go with this option or else the passionfruit pineapple or mango passionfruit mixed shakes.
Passionfruit Pineapple Shake
After passing by a few times, and realizing how delicious their shakes were, I figured it was worth a shot to test out the $1 bowl of noodle soup. Filled with pork, morning glory, bean sprouts, carrots and turnip (although these veggies aren’t pictured as they weren’t available that one day), the soup is usually ready to serve after 2 pm most days (but can depend on when they’ve gotten started – the husband and wife couple won’t serve it if they feel the broth hasn’t had the chance to fully realize all of it’s flavours). They also make their own hot chili oil, as I saw one day when they had run out and were preparing a fresh new pot.
Pork Rice Vermicelli Noodle Soup
On a recent trip, I heard a group of Thai visitors speaking to the owner in Thai, and realized that he is also at least part Thai. A good clue would’ve also been that they are always watching Thai channels on their recently purchased new television. It all makes sense now! A flavourful and delicious noodle soup with home made chili oil and condiments, in the middle of Siem Reap. A definite local favourite.