Let’s face it. Hunger pangs are hard to ignore, especially when they hit after midnight. Instead of forcing your eyes shut or turning on Netflix to drown out the stomach growls, show yourself some love and head on over to one of these dining spots to put that hunger to rest. This list is compiled by Anith Adilah Othman for the nocturnal creatures of Phnom Penh.
Katy Peri’s Peri-Peri Chicken and Pizza
If you have not heard of Katy Peri, are you even a Phnom Penher? For close to seven years now, its pizzas have remained on top of the list as one of the best after-hours foods in the city. With its large wood-fired oven parked right on the curb of the Circle K mart on Street 51, this little gem is hard to miss. It offers a variety of options including margherita, super cheese, meat lover and calzone, with prices starting from as little as $2.50. If you dread getting dressed just for pizza, Katy Peri also offers a free delivery service.
Where: Rue Pasteur No. 51, Phnom Penh
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8.30pm – 5.00am
Dumplings are the best food in the world. What’s not to love about bite-sized gems made out of savoury ingredients and wrapped in dough? Whether you have it steamed or fried, the best pairing is always with a black vinegar dipping sauce. In Phnom Penh, Preah Monivong Boulevard is where you can find them. It is a Chinese food haven with row upon row of eateries selling some of the best dumplings you will ever have in your life. If you are not a fan, you can always opt for other classics such as chow mein (stir-fried noodles) or roasted meat. The price of a plate (eight dumpling) ranges from $2 to $4, depending on shop.Where: Along Preah Monivong Boulevard, near Bayon Bakery
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 4.00pm – 4.00am.
Pencil Supermarket’s Food Carts
Surely you have seen these food carts around town, but the ones near Pencil Supermarket, Preah Sisowath Quay have got to be one of the best. They offer a variety of street food such as deep-fried skewered meat, bhai cha (fried rice) and mie cha (fried noodles) – perfect for tiny eaters or huge foodies. There is something calming about sitting and eating on a patch of greens when the rest of the city is asleep. Another great thing about these food carts is that the food is also budget-friendly.
Where: Preah Sisowath Quay, opposite Cambodiana Hotel
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 5.00pm – late.
Phnom Penh’s nightscape is also home to grills and skewers, and 9 Wraps is one of the many Middle Eastern options the capital has to offer. From Kebabs to falafels, 9 Wraps which is located close to the Wat Langka attracts night owls from every nook and corner of the district. The stall offers chicken and beef wraps for meat lovers. Fret not, vegetarians and vegans alike can have their share of options with onion rings, hummus, salad and falafel wraps.
Where: Street 276, near Wat Langka
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 5.30pm – 1.00am.