The Most Unexpectedly Delicious Lunch At The Hut Natural, Cambodia!

Honestly, before arriving in Cambodia, I was a bit weary of the food. I had previously read an article detailing how Cambodian food is much less flavorful than Thai or Vietnamese food, and I was really just not looking forward to it… But Cambodia food really surprised me, and I find myself missing it more than the other foods that I enjoyed in my trip!

As you can probably tell from the title of this post, one of the most surprising and most delicious meals that I had in Cambodia (and also in Singapore and Malaysia) was at the Hut, and this was a complete surprise to me.

I went to The Hut for lunch on my Happy Angkor Tour; our tour guide choose the restaurant, and I was not that excited about it (especially after our lunch the previous day…). The Hut is located off a back road, not too far from the entrance to the Floating Village. Again, not excited.

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The Hut!

However, upon arrival, things started to loo up! The Hut is an all outdoor restaurant set amongst beds and beds of flowers, kind of in a jungle. There are a number of open air tables and a few tables with swings as chairs out back!

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Outdoor seating.

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Swinging tables and chairs!

As we did in most places, we started with the fresh spring pork rolls! The rolls were awesome – stuffed with fresh greens, carrots, and a lot of pork and served with a side of peanut dipping sauce. Fabulously delicious.

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Spring rolls.

For main dishes, I ordered the Bay-Chhar, or friend vegetable rice for $6.50! I had been really loving fried rice dishes in Cambodia, and this one was particularly good. It was also served with a somewhat sweet sauce (kind of like duck sauce) and a soy sauce-esque sauce. I loved this dish.

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Fried rice.

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Close-up.

Dan was a bit more adventerous in his Cambodian eating, and he ordered the Machu Srea Kroueng – beef tenderloing and morning glory soup with curry paste and scented tamarind. The soup was really tasty and Dan enjoyed it. It also photographed very well.

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Machu Srea Kroueng

Finally, for dessert, we split the Chek-Chien, which are fried bananas with a side of honey and sweet sauce for $3.00. These were some of the best fried bananas that we had in Cambodia. They were served with local Cambodian honey and a sweet milk sauce.

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Fried bananas!

STEAL OUR TRIP

The Hut Natural:Β Off Route #6, Steung Village, Prasat Bakong District, Siem Reap, 00000. T: +855-12-926-391. Open daily 10:30 – 18h. Credit card accepted. Honestly, this restaurant can be a bit difficult to find. Print directions ahead of time. I do not think that you need a reservation, but arrive on the early side to sit in one of the swinging chairs!

ON A BUDGET

You can see the prices, and they are not expensive! The food is high quality and the portions are a good size. Highly recommended for upscale, regular, and budget travelers!

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Sample of the menu.

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