The largest food tour in Cambodia: 4 cities, 6 places

Dinner with a Cambodian artist as part of the largest food tour in Cambodia
Dinner with a Cambodian artist as part of the largest food tour in Cambodia

Dine With The Locals, Cambodias biggest network for food experiences in local homes, introduces the Largest Food Tour Cambodia. Tourists traveling in Cambodia will get 6 authentic food experiences in 4 different cities and regions.

The largest food tour brings you to four cities and regions in Cambodia, where you meet wonderful hosts
The largest food tour brings you to four cities and regions in Cambodia, where you meet wonderful hosts

This special Food Tour in Cambodia contents:
Lunch at a silk farm on the outskirts of Phnom Penh
– Dinner with a Cambodian artist
Lunch in the Angkor Forest at a wooden local house in Siem Reap
– Dinner in a local house of a former Apsara dancer
– Lunch at an ancient house in Battambang
– Dinner at sunset at a organic farm in Battambang

Learn how to make silk during the largest food tour in Cambodia
Learn how to make silk during the tour in Cambodia

All stops include three different homemade Khmer dishes per meal, possibility to assist cooking, experience the place and skills of the host, chat with the family. Excluded is travel and accommodation, since you may have booked this already (but we can give recommendations).

A special food tour in Cambodia

The new package costs 100 USD per person. Guest will get a voucher and can pick the date. All experiences are private events.

Dine With The Locals wants to give food lovers a new way of experiencing Cambodia not just by eyes and ears, bust also by their taste buds. Our hosts prepare delicious Khmer food. Every hosts will cook three dishes and you will have lunch or dinner with the hosts and its family. Most speak English, so you can get a great insight about the daily life in Cambodia and the dreams of Khmer people. You will have an unforgettable experience off the beaten track. And with your money you will improve the income and life of locals people.

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A meal with locals on a silk farm

One of the great opportunities we have in Cambodia is being close to many exciting businesses . One is the silk farm our host Naysim and her family own. Here you can learn about silk and have a meal with locals. The farm’s location is just 20 minutes from Phnom Penh center. After crossing the Japanese bridge you will board the ferry and afterwards it’s already close by on the small peninsula.

Naysim keeps the Cambodian silk making tradition alive.
Naysim keeps the Cambodian silk making tradition alive.

The production of silk in Cambodia has a long tradition. Some say the history of silk production dates back to the 12th century. For that reason you can see some ancient reliefs about silk at Angkor Wat. But other than Thailand, where silk became a major export good, Cambodian silk weavers produce mainly for the local markets. Zhou Daguan, who came to Cambodia from China in the 13th century, enjoyed the meal with locals and the raw silk. Most of the silk producers export their goods to China.

Visitors can have a meal with locals and learn weaving.
Visitors can have a meal with locals and learn weaving.

Naysim keeps the tradition of silk production and weaving alive. Her house is family place and silk farm at the same time. Visitors watch the production of silk from the very beginning, when the silk worm is still on its favorite food, the mulberry tree. Naysim waits for the worms to form a cocoon. Then she boils the cocoon and the raw silk thread gets out. She has to spin the threats first, and some get a but of dye for colorful fabrics.. Vistors can tray to use the weaving table and learn about the handicraft.

Three dishes for the meal with locals

Part of the meal with locals is watching and helping preparing it.
Part of the meal with locals is watching and helping preparing it.

After the silk lessons Naysim walks straight to the kitchen. She prepares a delicious Khmer meal with three different dishes. There are not many authentic ways to have a meal with locals and get so much insight about the daily life. The menu:

  • Beef Lok Lak: The Khmer classic with premium local beef, tomatoes and cucumbers, and the very special dip made from leman, pepper and salt.
  • Chha Bonlea: fried mixed vegetables with oyster oil
  • Samlor machu Kreoung sach kor: Beef sour soup which The sour flavor of the soup comes from the use of tamarind or green leaves tamarind, and certain tangy vegetables such as tomato and pineapple, as well as Tiliacora triandra leaves.
At the end you will have a local style lunch with delicious Khmer food.
At the end you will have a local style lunch with delicious Khmer food.

If the season is right (usually from March to June), trees are full of mangos. Guest can pick some and have them as a sweet dessert or can even take some home. We recommend to visit Naysim for a meal with locals during lunch time to avoid a trip back in the dark. You can book it online here.

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Crocodile meat in Siem Reap in TV-Show

We will soon become famous! Recently we had a film-team from Germany visiting our host Sarat in Siem Reap. For now we cannot tell much more about what exactly they were filming for (but will do once it’s broadcasted). But it was an interesting experience, in particular the crocodile meat in Siem Reap.

We had a filmteam visiting us in Siem Reap. Part of our offer was to try crocodile meat in Siem Reap.
We had a filmteam visiting us in Siem Reap. Part of our offer was to try crocodile meat in Siem Reap.

For Sarat it was the first time to be on camera. She also had to speak English, what was not a problem at all. Thomas then translated it to German. It took the team around 3 hours in total. They found it interesting to see the way of preparing Khmer food. The camera closed up to the mortar with the fresh spice paste , but also to the pan. There was yummy fish sizzling in oil before then mixed with spices.

Sarat gets a microphone on her shirt – first time on camera!
Sarat gets a microphone on her shirt – first time on camera!

Another interesting part was to see the original wooden house of a Khmer family. A visit to a Khmer home is always surprising and impressive to guests from western countries. The wooden floor and walls makes it cool even in hot days. Under the house is then some even cooler place.

The team was interested in the daily life of a Khmer family.
The team was interested in the daily life of a Khmer family.

The mushroom farm is also an interesting experience too many. Mushrooms in Europa grow usually in dark, moisture places like cellars and bars. Here in Cambodia it’s a hut with a roof and protecting nets on the side.

First time eating crocodile meat in Siem Reap

Visiting the crocodiles was a highlight.
Visiting the crocodiles was a highlight.

Last but not least the highlight: we usually don’t advertise that Sarat’s family also owns some crocodiles. And it was lucky day, they got fed with a lot of fish. The crocodiles are between 8 and 10 years old, and the lay eggs once a year. The family then sells the fertilized eggs to breeders. Sarat cooks then yummy omelette with the unfertilized eggs. And at the end, Sarat had some delicious pan fried spicy crocodile meat to taste – but bought from another farm.

Some delicious crocodile meat in Siem Reap.
Some delicious crocodile meat in Siem Reap.

How to make Khmer dessert Num Chak

Khmer dessert Num Chak
This Khmer dessert is often seen for sale in local markets. Its called Num Chak.

When you book a lunch or dinner with Sareth, you will get a yummy Khmer cake as dessert. But if you are lucky (chances at lunch are better), you can also see how this multi layered cake, known as Num Chak. Sareths family is doing it nearly every day, since they are selling Khmer desserts at the market as well. There are different versions, but the most authentic is a green-white layered cake.

Ingredients:

  • Rice Powder
  • Pandan leaves
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut cream
  • Water

The first step is to make the dough for the green layer. Therefor you have to cut the pandan leaves into small stripes. Then add some rice to it and grind it. The traditional way to is with a big grinder, like in the pictures:

How to make a Khmer dessert Num Chak
Pandan leaves are mixed with rice to make Num Chak.
How to make a Khmer dessert Num Chak
The mix then gets grinded.

Boiling the Khmer dessert Num Chak

Once the paste is thick, but still a liquid it will be taken out. In another bowl, rice flour is mixed with coconut milk and sugar. The green liquid is then put through a sieve and mixed with coconut milk and sugar as well. In the meantime a big pot with water starts boiling on the open fire place.

How to make a Khmer dessert Num Chak
The cake is baked in hot water.

The first layer of the cake dough is poured into a bowl and the bowl is then floating on the boiling water. After a few minutes, when it gets solid, the next layer will poured in – now its time for the green paste.

How to make a Khmer dessert Num Chak
Num Chak is made of diferren layers.

This is done layer for layer, until the bowl is filled. Then it is taken from the fireplace and into the shadow. It needs a few hours of cooling, but if you are really hungry, you can also eat it warm.

When the cake is cooled down, it will be cut into squares of 4x 4 cm. some Khmer pour a bit of coconut cream over when served.

How to make a Khmer dessert Num Chak
The cake can be consumed warm or cold.

There also more colorful options, where artificial coloring is used. If available, you can also use butterfly pea flowers for blue oder beetroot for red. If you are interested in a workshop “How to make a Khmer dessert” please let us now. We can arrange it at Sareth’s house on special request in addition to a lunch or dinner.

Khmer dessert in the making
Sarath will be happy to teach you how to make a Khmer dessert.

Essen mit Einheimischen in Kambodscha

Wer in Kambodscha unterwegs ist wird immer wieder feststellen, wie herzlich und offen die Menschen gegenüber Touristen sind. Und das nicht nur, weil die Gäste Geld bringen, sondern weil das tief in der kambodschanischen Kultur verwurzelt ist. Ein geeinsames Essen mit Einheimischen in Kambodscha ist aber dennoch nicht auf dem Programm der meisten Reiseveranstalter für Asienreisen. Meistens geht man, gerade bei einer Gruppenreise, in Restaurants, die zwar auch leckeres kambodschanisches Essen servieren, wo es aber meisten keinen oder wenig Kontakt mit Einheimischen gibt.

Leckeres Essen mit Einheimischen in einer authentischen kambodschanischen Umgebung.

Bei Dine With The Locals wollen wir genau diesen Aspekt verstärken. Wir verbinden Reisende in Kambodscha mit Einheimische, und zwar über das Essen. Auf unserer Webseite haben wir mittlerweile 13 Gastgeber – alles kambodschanische Familien, die sich darüber freuen, wenn Gäste zu Besuch kommen und mit ihnen zusammen essen wollen. Das ist nämlich das Besondere: Es wird gemeinsam gegessen und natürlich auch geredet.

Essen mit Einheimischen und ein nettes Gespräch

Die meisten unserer Hosts sprechen ein wenig Englisch und natürlich fließend Khmer 🙂 In Siem Reap bieten wir auch die Möglichkeit an, dass ein deutscher Übersetzer mitkommt – einer unserer Gründer ist Deutscher. Jeder Host bietet verschiedene Gerichte an: Srey Moch zum Beispiel kocht das berühmte Beef Lok Lak, bei Som Ang gibt es neben frittiertem Flussfisch leckeres gebratenes Huhn mit Ingwer, und bei Sareth kann man selbstgepfückte Austernpilze panieren und frittieren.

Dinner with locals in Siem Reap
Unsere Gäste kommen aus der ganzen Welt, um ein Essen mi Einheimischen zu erleben.

Dine With The Locals ist keine Kochklasse, aber Gäste können gerne beim Kochen zuschauen oder sogar mithelfen. Das macht zum Beispel dann Spaß, wenn Krueng auf dem Speiseplan steht, eine Paste, die in den meisten Curries und Suppen enthalten ist und aus Zitronengras und Galangal gemacht wird.

Mit einem Besuch bei den Host unterstützen Gäste auch die Familie: Der Betrag von 20 Dollar pro Person wird mit der Familie großzügig geteilt, die behält den Großteil der Einnahmen. Wir helfen den Familien auch dabei, auf die Kosten zu schauen und zum Beispiel nicht zu viel Essen zu kaufen, damit auch noch ein Gewinn übrig bleibt. Einige Gastgeber können auch schon vegetarische kamnbodschanische Gerichte kochen, die aber immer noch den typischen Geschmack haben, der die Khmer-Küche ausmacht.

Derzeit gibt es Dine With The Locals in Siem Reap, in Battambang, Phnom Penh und Banteay Meanchay. Sehr bald werden Kampot und Kratze hinzukommen.

Banteay Meanchey and it’s great Khmer food

Meet Vorleak, our newest member of the Dine With The Locals family. Vorleak is a housewife who stays in a beautiful Khmer house in front of Chamkar Khnor pagoda in Banteay Meanchey with her family, including the grandma. Her husband is a credit officer. She can speak good English, is very good in cooking and likes meeting new people.

Vorleak is one of our hosts in Banteay Meanchey
Vorleak is one of our hosts in Banteay Meanchey

Explore the beautiful garden with lots of flowers, and learn how to make Baysei. Those ate items used for traditional Khmer traditional ceremonies and decoration. They are made from banana trees. Locals offer them to the Tevy, the angels connected to the Khmer New Year.

The Khmer food she offers in Banteay Meanchey is as delicious as it looks like.


Her grandma is a fortune teller and also a Khmer traditional nurse, who knows a lot about Khmer herbs. But you don’t have to be sick to learn more about natural ways of healing and a tradition that dates back for centuries. Even the kings of Angkor Wat used some of those old medicines.

Her menu:

  • Samlor Mchou Ktischicken soup with coconut oil, pumpkin, pineapple,
  • Chha Bonleafired of mixed vegetables with oyster oil
  • Bok Teuk kreunghe famous khmer food , made of mixed of fish, prahok, chili , lemon or tamarind and eat with different kind of fresh or steam vegetables.

More about her and the food she will prepare here: https://dinewiththelocals.com/hosts/vorleak

Why a local experience in Cambodia is different

When you are traveling, most of the memorable moments are from interactions with local people. And there are many reasons why a local experience in Cambodia is something you remember. It’s better than what the guide told you for hours when visiting Angkor Wat or the Phnom Kulen . We understand and learn better with all of our senses. Something even more important is context. Reading or just listening is less efficient than watching a video. But even the best video cannot give you the experience you make when interacting with people while traveling.

Our host Mom makes a kids horse from a banana leaf – just one of the local experience you have in Cambodia when booking with us.

Cambodia is well know for the friendly and welcoming people. Wether it is on tourists sites or somewhere at the countryside. Most of the time people will smile at you, greet you with the hands folded together as it is common in Asia to show respect. A local experience in Cambodia with people will let you feel immediatly as a friend visiting friends. Our guests at Dine With The Locals had this experience time after time. They are not customers (or pax, as the tourism industry calls them), but guests visiting a house. and they shall be treated as such.

A local experience in Cambodia means be part of the family

The range of our hosts goes from a well educated manager and an artists to organic farmers and housewifes who live in quote simple conditions. And yet, all have one thing in common: They provide you unforgettable moments with a truly local experience in Cambodia. It starts with the preparation of the meal: You join them watching or even helping. People in Cambodia are easy going and appreciate any community. So cleaning the fish or peeling green mango is something you should definetly do.

Saying hello to the family’s dog can ba another local experience in Cambodia.

Anotherpart ist the conversation. Some of our hosts speak English quite fluent. Some speak just basic English. But you will have a conversation with all of them. We understand a conversation as interaction, not just communication in one language. If you can not speak Khmer, you will find another way of communication. And our hosts will do, when they can’t find the proper English words. That is the fun part with a local experience in Cambodia. and that’s is the way, we create unforgettable memories at Dine With The Locals.

Our local experience in Cambodia

As a traveler you have may know the struggle between visiting the main attractions in the country and having a local experience in Cambodia at the same time. Furthermore, even the local places are becoming tourist destinations quickly. And too often you also have to travel for a long time to meet locals in the countryside.

At Dine With The Locals we try to help you with this problem: Our hosts are in a 7 km radius in Siem Reap, Battambang and Phnom Penh, so travel time is not an issue. And yet, you will have local experience in Cambodia in many different ways. Our hosts are farmers, business people, artists and house wifes – there is a wide range to experience.

Local experience in Cambodia in the forest

 Watch Ms. Vannarith preparing fried chicken - a true local experience in Cambodia
Watch Ms. Vannarith preparing fried chicken – a true local experience in Cambodia

For example: Ms. Vannarith is a housewife and chicken farmer, her house is located in the forest of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap and is made from wood. She is an excellent cook as well and makes the best fried chicken you can get in town. She is happy to show you her garden and where the herbs in your soup are coming from. Mr. Vannak on the other side is an artist and photographer, living in an local appartment in the center of Phnom Penh. He enjoys talks about art and the changing lifestyle in Cambodia.

Another way of a local experience in Cambodia is the countryside. In Battambang, our host Panha runs her own organic farm and is happy to show you around as well as preparing delicious local Khmer food. Our hosts Olivier and Darin are the proof that sustainable lifestyle is possible in Cambodia and you can see the amazing results at their farm in Banteay Meanchey. Enjoy a natural setting and the untouched countryside in Cambodia.

Another locals experience in Cambodia: Olivier and Darin and their kids on their sustainable farm in Banteay Meanchey province.
Olivier and Darin and their kids on their sustainable farm in Banteay Meanchey province.

Event: Make Khmer dessert and have a local lunch

Fancy Khmer sweets and want to know how to make them? DINE WITH THE LOCALS is organizing it’s first event in Siem Reap on Womans Day 8.3.2019with a dessert workshop and and a delicious Cambodian meal. Participants will learn how to make Num Chak, the layered and sometimes colorful Khmer dessert, made from rice powder and coconut milk. Our host Sareth and her sister will explain how it’s made. While the sweets are chilling, you can go into the mushroom farm (also good for chilling), and harvest some of the mushrooms there.

Khmer dessert making workshop and lunch
Khmer dessert making workshop and lunch


Meanwhile the hosts are preparing the meal, and participants can cover their mushrooms in tempura and fry them in a pan. Lunch will be then served at noon, and we all together enjoy the food in a local setting.


PRICE: 20 USD adults, 10 USD children

EVENT IS LIMITED TO 10 people!

BOOKINGS through this link:

https://dinewiththelocals.com/blog/events/dessert-workshop-and-local-lunch-in-siem-reap/

Meal:

Khmer food

Fried tempura mushroom

Teuk Kreung Chha: Curry style soup with fish, pork, vegetables, looks more spicy than it is.

Samlor Chi: Soup with pumpkin, eggplant and fish and Chha Knhey paste


Khmer desserts (including the one you made)

We are at Digital Cambodia 2019

We will be joining the Digital Cambodia 2019 event in Phnom Penh from 15.3.-17.3. It is called the biggest digital event in Cambodia this year and will take place at Diamond Island Exhibition Hall.

Digital Cambodia conference 2019

You can find us in the Start-Up section. More than 100 companies will be there, on stage you can listen to more than 100 speakers. We will be there mainly for networking and displaying our platform.

We are also looking for:

1 part time fullstack developer with ruby on rails and bootstrap experience

1 freelance accountant

Please drop us a message on m.me/dinewiththelocals or email at [email protected]