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Top cheap-eats for local gourmands

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There is one thing that everyone loves: good food on a budget – that’s right. This time, Good Times2 challenged ourselves to scour the city for some of the best meals under the price of $3, and while we all share the common love for cheap local favourites, we are saving those for a different article. For those of you who want to take a break from the ma-and-pa vendors without spending extra bucks, check out this list compiled by Som Kanika.



If you are a fan of K-Pop or other forms of K-Entertainment, you are probably used to watching South Korean variety shows, which almost always feature a segment that involves food. This is because the Koreans take the most pride in their cuisine and they absolutely enjoy eating. You can also sample a Korean favourite for a small price of $2.

We are talking about kimbap, otherwise known as rice rolls that look a lot like the Japanese sushi. It is essentially a roll of rice wrapped in dried seaweed. The best part about kimbap is that you can have the main ingredients tailored to your liking – be it vegetables, crab meat, tuna or chicken.

You can find this reasonably-priced dish at the DMC Cafe inside the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and Cambodia-Japan Center Cooperation (CJCC) in the food and beverages area.

The best part about kimbap is that it is a balanced meal. Just one roll is enough to keep your stomach full for half a day. This is why it has slowly become a breakfast staple for students in Cambodia. For the small price, you will also get a side of Korean yellow pickled radish to add for flavour.


Location: DMC Café, RUPP and CJCC food and beverages area






Everyone loves a good hamburger. Just picturing a thick grilled patty sandwiched between two buns is enough to make anyone salivate. There are a lot of places in the city where you can get a good hamburger, but we would like to introduce one that only costs $0.50.

This is a famous spot, especially among locals. You can find this Khmer recreation of a Western hamburger around Sonthormok High School at almost any time of the day. Just look for a fast-food vendor hauling their carts, one of them is sure to be selling this hamburger for the price we mentioned.

A typical $0.50 hamburger would consist of slices of ham, some crab meat with an egg on top. You can add extra condiments as you wish, but we highly recommend getting mayonnaise and chilli sauce as they complement the taste well. You can always request for more ingredients for an additional 1,000 Riel.


Location: On the corner of Sonthormok High School, Toul Kork






Everyone’s beloved street food makes it to our list this time. While there are many variations of kebabs available across the city, we suggest grabbing one from the vendors near Vanda Institute. Why? Simply because it tastes amazing and it only costs $1.

That is a really small amount to pay for juicy grilled sliced beef wrapped in a thin flatbread, stuffed with cucumber, salad and topped off with a creamy garlic sauce. Just one bite into this kebab sandwich is enough to validate our recommendation.


Not only is it affordable and delicious, but kebabs also make for a convenient meal if you are living an on-the-go lifestyle. This is probably why it strikes a strong chord with both students and professionals in the vicinity of Mao Tse Toung Boulevard.


Location: Mao Tse Toung Boulevard (245), behind Vanda Institute










For as little as $2.50, you can have an entire medium-sized pizza for lunch today. You read that right. Just head on over to the food vendor area behind Vanda Institute and you will be able to find exactly what we are talking about.

Because of its unique taste and super affordable price, it is no surprise that you would find many people queuing up every evening just to get their hands on these “street pizzas”. Just like any other bigger pizzeria, the vendors also offer a variety of topping options such as mushroom, pepperoni, sausages, bacon, olives, seafood and vegetables. You can always ask for additional toppings for a few extra bucks.


Location: Mao Tse Toung Boulevard (245), behind Vanda Institute


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