Jan 09 2011

Vegetarian options in Phnom Penh

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Yellow noodle soup with wontons at The Vegetarian, Phnom Penh

Noodle soup and carrot juice at The Vegetarian, Phnom Penh

As with most of Asia, finding truly vegetarian food in Phnom Penh can be a bit of a challenge. It’s not impossible, though, and a few excellent vegetarian restaurants in town serve up tasty dishes that don’t contain any prahok.

Fate Blessing Buddha

This unassuming little eatery is one you’d never stumble upon accidentally — it’s located in a parking lot next to City Mall, but their large selection of Taiwanese and Chinese vegetarian food is worth a visit. The staff are very friendly and although they don’t speak a lot of English, the entire menu has pictures and in my experience, random selections generally turn out well. Their dumplings are addictive as is the sizzling skillet dish with mushrooms. But where they really excel is with mock meats. If you’re not a fan, you’ll hate this place because nearly all the dishes seem to have some sort of mock meat in one form or another. In fact, their various faux flesh dishes are delicious enough to turn non-vegetarians into Fate Blessing Buddha converts. Expect to spend less than $5.

The Vegetarian

Opened in July, The Vegetarian is doing brisk business in part due to its excellent location on Street 200 and incredibly obvious name. And the food’s good. Last year they were known for $1 dishes, but even now that everything has gone up to $1.50 it’s still good value for money. Dishes are simple and light — if you’re hungry a main might not be quite enough but the starters are some of their best selections. Not the most exciting vegetarian food in the world, but it’s a good place for a quick, healthy meal and a fresh juice. The restaurant is owned by a vegetarian from Malaysia, which may have inspired the vegetarian laksa on the menu.

Fate Blessing Buddha
Monireth Blvd. Look for access road leading to car park from KFC at City Mall. Restaurant is green building on the right.
8:00 to 20:00 daily

The Vegetarian
11 St 200, off Norodom Blvd
10:00 to 20:00 Monday – Saturday
T: 012 905 766

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4 Responses to “Vegetarian options in Phnom Penh”

  1. sarah whiteon 25 Apr 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks for the info – I found the vegitarian and it was good asian, khmer food.

    I also found: TReez which is the sister restuarant to the vegetairan – a few more selections and open in the evening.

    For western vegetarian and some vegan raw food I found what was a new place called ARTillery – its located near the busy street 240 down a little side alley. I must say the beetroot salad is delicious and all of the food is either organic, fair trade or homemade. I ate here a few times on my trip and the owner said she is trying raw foods on a small blackboard, definately a find if you want fresh western food in the heat of Asia.

    ANymore reccomendations for Asia?

  2. Pennyon 27 Jul 2012 at 7:48 am

    I had test some food at The Vegetarian it was good. I would introduce you other place that serve vegetarian food along street 278 next to Wat Langkar named Café Soleil its serve real Khmer food and western food. vegetable Amok $3, fresh spring rolls $2, Pumkin curry with rice only just $2.75, Kamport rice noodle salad $2.5, Baguette with hummus $2.5 and sandwich $1.25 and more foods for you to choose.

  3. Claireon 28 Dec 2012 at 8:44 am

    The Fate Blessing Buddha restaurant has gone up in the world! It’s moved out of the car park and up to the first floor of the Mall. Go in the door to the right of Lucky and straight up the escalator. Turn left, through the clothes stalls, then turn right when you see double glass doors leading out into the car park. The restaurant is just outside on your left hand side.

    It’s super fancy now but the prices haven’t increased much – you can still eat for under $5. Dumplings $2.50 or $3 and they’re the best I’ve had in Phnom Penh. The mushroom feet (deep fried mushrooms) are also the best I’ve had and the steamed eggplant is divine. Cooked in a black pot and almost caramelised, complete with a hint of chilli and some fake meat. I’m not as big a fan of the soups or other dishes and always order from these few dishes along with the sizzling tofu hot plate.

    One of my favourite restaurants in Phnom Penh.

  4. Srinion 17 Sep 2013 at 9:13 am

    We are wowed by the experience at Romdeng, Friends( near to Palace): both belong to the same group of Friends International. Fantastic food, excellent service and lovely ambiance in general.
    Similarly Blue Pumpkin at National Museum is worth a try for coffee/snack.

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