In quite a few countries being a vegetarian traveller is tough. To top this, being an Indian vegetarian traveler (one who doesn’t eat any kind of eggs, fish, sea-food or meat) is even tougher. While it’s a challenge to get food, its even more difficult when people don’t even understand what we eat. Hence when we planned our Cambodia trip, we were very mentally prepared that we will not get any food. However we were pleasantly surprised to find these two really nice places that served tasty “vegan” food to us.
1. Boddi Tree Umma (http://www.boddhitree.com/) – This is a small restaurant just outside the Tuol Seng Museum. We went to this place for lunch and by then had pretty much lost our appetites (after seeing the sights of torture in the museum). However this place just pepped us up – both with the ambience and the food. This place is named after a tree under which Buddha “saw the light” and has a beautiful courtyard seating as well as an indoor seating. This was started in 1997 and supports Khmer kids and families in difficult situations. They have a good selection of curries and sandwiches and the price is very reasonable. We tried the Cambodian curry and fried rice, which were super tasty and we were so busy eating that we just missed taking pics of the food 😦
2. Friends the Restaurant (http://www.tree-alliance.org/our-restaurants/friends.asp?mm=or&sm=ftr) – This restaurant is close to the National museum and the Friends International store. It is run by an NGO that trains street kids in the hospitality industry and then helps them with jobs. The interiors are simple with beautiful local paintings, the food is quite tasty and catering to foreigners. We had a berry shake (super awesome) and some salads. Though the place is slightly expensive for the food but then it is all for a good cause.
So all my vegan and vegetarian friends, the next time you are in Phnom Penh do try these restaurants for a good veg Cambodian meal. 🙂