Apr 08 2011
Once you start looking, vegetarian options are all over Phnom Penh. Recently, I wrote about The Vegetarian and Fate Blessing Buddha. Here are a few more places that serve delicious vegetarian and vegan options in Phnom Penh.
Vego Salad Bar
The first time I walked into Vego Salad Bar I immediately walked back outside to make sure that I was still in Cambodia. After being reassured by a verbal assault from half a dozen motodops, I went back in to enjoy a made-to-order salad. If you’re a fan of salad, Vego is the best option in town. For $3.75 you can create a salad with romaine, oak leaf, iceberg, rocket or spinach greens with four extra veggie or fruit toppings such as broccoli, mango, tomatoes and chick peas. There are options to add various cheeses, croutons and eggs as well. There are a few seafood additions for the non-vegetarians as well. For an additional $0.50 you can have your salad made into a wrap. The wraps are homemade and delicious, with the perfect amount of chewiness. They also offer bagels and fresh-made juices such as apple ginger and carrot melon.
The interior is thoroughly modern and spotlessly clean, with fresh white walls, and wood and glass counters. It’s a relaxing place to get your five a day and pretend you’re in California for an hour. They also offer free home delivery. Highly recommended.
Vego Salad Bar
Street 51 (Pasteur) at Sihanouk in front of Wat Langka
T: (012) 984 596
Open daily, 07:00-21:00
K’nyay serves delicious vegetarian and vegan Khmer dishes in a stylish, contemporary environment. In addition to having diverse and creative menu items like jackfruit curry and an excellent banana curry with cumin, coriander and turmeric, the menu also includes Khmer classics like amok and char kreung which are prepared with higher-quality ingredients and a fastidiousness that is not seen in many of the more standard Khmer restaurants. Mains are served with white or wild rice and there are fresh juices, smoothies and soya shakes to wash it all down with.
The head chef at K’nyay is a Friends graduate and the restaurant believes that a vegan menu can be satisfying to everyone, and as such, all items on the menu contain no animal products. However, most of the main courses do have the option to add seafood and meat if desired, so it’s a good option for mixed groups. K’nyay is an excellent option for vegetarians who are nervous to try Khmer food for fear of unexpected prahok — turns out it’s just as good without it.
Suramarit Blvd between Sothearos Blvd and St 19
T: (023) 225 225; (092) 665 225
Open Monday-Friday, 12:00-21:00, Saturday 7:00-21:00, closed on Sundays
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