Jan 09 2011
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.
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
11 St 200, off Norodom Blvd
10:00 to 20:00 Monday – Saturday
T: 012 905 766
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