Indochina Food Run

Who travels for food? 

I do.

My friends and I take food seriously, we don’t just dine for the ‘gram. We don’t even care if we have to line up for an hour or two, or if we have to eat beside a canal, or even if there’s a language barrier. We find ways! As long as it’s good (clean) food, we’re down!

We went on a multi-city/country trip early this month and we sure had the best time exploring the streets of Bangkok, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Ho Chi Minh, trying and tasting all sorts of dishes, drinks, and desserts.

I’ll be sharing where we ate and drank (or at least the food places and cafes whose names I can remember) and what were my favorite dishes/drinks.

Get ready to drool. Hah!


Siem Reap – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I personally think Cambodia set their prices unfairly since almost all establishments charge in USD and change in their local currency.

When it comes to food though, I can say Cambodian dishes, also known as Khmer dishes, are rich in taste. Cambodia has some interesting dishes for all types of travelers meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans, Muslims, etc. Their famous dish is Amok and it’s my favorite among all the Cambodian dishes I’ve tried.

Also, if you can spare some time visiting the Russian Market, do try their seafood dishes! All the dishes we ordered were really flavourful and delicious. Don’t forget to ask for the English Menu!

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Amok, it’s everywhere in Cambodia.

  • Little Kroma

Address: Little Kroma Restaurant, #84, Wat Dam Nak, Sala Kamraeuk, Siem Reap

Open Hours: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Price: $3-$6


  • Khmer Kitchen 

Address: Corner of 2 Thnou Street and Street 9, Old Market, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Open Hours: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Price: $4-$6


  • Gelato Lab

Address: House # 11, Mondol 1 Village Siem Reap, 17252, Cambodia

Open Hours: 9:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Price: $2-$3

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  • Khmer Family Restaurant

Address: Road 2, Krong Siem Reap 17252, Cambodia

Open Hours: 7:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Price: $4-$6


  • Tuol Tompoung Market (Russian Market)

Address: St 163, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Open Hours: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Price: $5-$7

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

If I’d be given the chance to go back in a snap, I would! Vietnam got me pretty good. They have a lot of great food choices and at a very affordable price! We had a full day spent just to try out Vietnamese dishes and Vietnamese coffee. We had an all-day walkathon too, you know, to burn all the calories. Hah!

  • Huynh Hoa Sandwich Shop / Bánh mì Huỳnh Hoa

Address: 26 Lê Thị Riêng, P, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Open Hours: 2:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Price: $2-$3

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  • Mr. 8 Coffee

Address: 2 Cách Mạng Tháng Tám, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Open Hours: 7:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Price: $1-$3

MUST TRY: Egg Coffee, Vietnamese Coffee

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  • The Loft Café & Bistro

Address: 95 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Open Hours: 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Price: $1.5-$2

MUST TRY: Egg Coffee, Vietnamese Coffee


  • Secret House by Secret Garden

Address: 55/2 1 Lê Thị Hồng Gấm, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Open Hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Price: $4-$8

MUST TRY:

    • Ga Ro Ti – Grilled chicken with herbs
    • Com Chien Ca Man – Fried rice with salted fish
    • Nac Dam Kho Cui Dua – Braised pork with coconut
    • Muc Trung Chien Gion Mam Me – Deep-fried baby squid with tamarind sauce
    • Tom Rim Ba Roi – Simmered bacon & prawn
    • Chao Tom – Vietnamese grilled shrimp on lemongrass
    • Banh Khot – Vietnamese mini-pancakes

  • Banh Xeo 46A

Address: 46A Đinh Công Tráng, Tân Định, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Price: $1-$3

MUST TRY: Banh Xeo (duh!)


  • Maison Marou Saigon

Address: 167-169, Calmette, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Open Hours: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Price: $3-$5


  • Saigon Coffee Roastery

Address: 12 Đặng Thị Nhu, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Open Hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Price: $2-$4

MUST TRY: Vietnamese Coffee

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  • Pho Le

Address: 415 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường 7, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh

Open Hours: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Price: $2-$3

MUST TRY: Pho (pronounced as FUH)

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  • Thóc Grill & Craft Beer

Address: 101 Đường Đề Thám, Phường Cô Giang, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Open Hours: 3:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Price: $3-$4


  • Quán Cơm Tấm – Bún Thịt Nướng

Address: 118Đường Đề Thám, p, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Open Hours: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Price: $2-$3

MUST TRY: Pork Chop (the best!!!)

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Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand is not as affordable as Vietnam – Fact.

It may not be an uber-expensive place but it’s not cheap either. To a (self-proclaimed) foodie like me, I don’t mind paying extra as long as I get to eat AUTHENTIC and REAL GOOD food.

I’ve been a lover of Thai food ever since my freshman year in college after trying out one tiny Thai restaurant in my town. Planning this trip got me really excited because aside from all the sights I get to see, I can finally experience the authentic taste of Thailand.

  • Nong Rim Klong หนอ่ งรมิ คลอง

Address: Ekkamai Soi 21, Khlong Tan Nuea, Kate Wathana, Bangkok

Open Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Mondays – Saturdays

Price: $8-10


  • Mango Sticky Rice – Food Street

Address: Sukhumvit Soi 38 and 36

Price: $2-$4


  • Ratchada Rot Fai Train Night Market

Address: Ratchadaphisek Rd, Din Daeng, Bangkok

Open Hours: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM, Saturday 8:15 AM – 2:15 AM

Price: $2-$4


  • Mit Ko Yuan รา้ นอาหารมติ รโกหยว่ น

Address: 186 Dinso Rd, Sao Chingcha, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Open Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 4:00PM –10:00 PM

Price: $2-$5


  • Thipsamai

Address: 313 315 Maha Chai Rd, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok OR 

299 ICONSIAM Department Store, 6th floor, R602, R603 Charoen Nakhon Rd. Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San District, Bangkok

Open Hours: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Price: $2-5

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Yummers! But for THB 129, the serving is not that huge…

 

We really wanted to try Jay Fai, as raved by many people. But timing wasn’t on our side. Jay Fai was closed on the dates we were in Bangkok so we had to make do and try something else. Hence, Nom Ring Klong. It was a good call.

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From a random local restaurant in Ayutthaya. Not fancy but tastes really good!
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Surprisingly delicious! Try it when you see it. It’s like roti but it’s not. They normally pair this with coconut milk and stuff.

I sure gained some pounds after this trip but it was all worth it (or not. Might regret saying this later, lol).

I hope this helps you complete your food list for your next Asian trip. If you have any questions or clarifications, feel free to reach out to me.

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xo,

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