Preah Sihnouk provincial authorities plan to establish the province’s first ever outdoor street food court, a cluster of stalls adhering to food safety standards serving Khmer cuisine, as a new tourist attraction.
The street food corner will be established in the public park, in Commune 2 of Sihanoukville, according to a recent meeting chaired by Khuoch Chamroeun, provincial governor.
The construction of the street food corner will be shared by the provincial Department of Tourism and Department of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction.
Chamroeun said it will not only attract more tourists but also provide a place for large groups to go for guaranteed food safety standards.
As planned, the street food corner will feature food stalls, decorations, parking and signage. The standard of each food stall will be assessed properly by the Ministry of Tourism.
Director of the provincial Tourism Department Taing Sochetkrisna said that street food is a category in the ministry’s annual clean city competition.
“There will be a service ranking system on the street food which is specifically aimed to ensure the quality of tourism service, food safety and a proper price,” he said.
Those who fail to practise this will be then re-assessed, he said, adding that they will face termination from the area if they do not improve.
The Ministry of Tourism announced in 2019 to establish a similar project in each province across the country.
The ministry said the street food corner will promote hygiene in street food preparation in Cambodia, which officials say will help attract more international tourists.