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Phnom Penh Evening Food Tour

Phnom Penh Evening Food Tour

Daily at 6pm

Duration 3.5 Hours

$59 USD per Adult

$49 USD Children 4-15

Tour Operated

by Tuktuk

The Essentials:

Enjoy unlimited food and beer and/or soft drinks on this authentic evening food tour by tuktuk. During this adventure you’ll discover how deep Cambodian cuisine reaches within Southeast Asian culture.

Stops

4 sit-down, safe-to-eat restaurants and 1 craft beer & cocktail bar.

Group Size

Small groups of 2-12 people per tour.

Start & End Location

Hotel pick-up and drop-off is included from centrally located hotels.

Dietary Requirements

This tour is not vegetarian friendly as fish sauce is an essential ingredient in Khmer cuisine. 

We visit small, family-run eateries that often specialize in a few items so substitutions are not always available. We are sorry but not all special dietary requests can be accommodated. Please contact us before booking to see if you can be accommodated.

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About This Tour:

Taste a time where Cambodian kings rode armored elephants into battle, where the Tonle Sap lake was only known by legend as the “Land of Gold” to far-off Indian empires, and Spanish invaders on the Mekong brought the Khmer cities of Chatamouk and Longvek to its knees through cannon fire. 

Dishes that were created and defined through pivotal moments of history persist through the centuries despite the efforts of the Khmer Rouge to isolate and eliminate local food culture. Come and see what they tried to destroy and couldn’t, and taste the act of rebellion by local chefs who dared to remember and rediscover these recipes in a post-civil war era.

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What You'll Do:

Phnom Penh Food Tour Tuktuk Beer

Ride a tuktuk around the Royal Palace, Tonle Bassac, Toul Sleng, and Russian Market neighborhoods with all you can drink beer and soft drinks. Oh, unlimited eats too.

Phnom Penh Food Tour Nodle Table

Try humble 5th century noodles that predate the Angkorian Empire alongside local patrons at simple tables and chairs, as they have for centuries.

Phnom Penh Food Tour Angkor Era Dishes

Sample golden-age ingredients and dishes at a traditional lounge setting hidden in stilt house away from the bustle of the city.

Phnom Penh Food Tour BBQ Vendor

Meet Uncle Song, a visionary with a pinpoint palette, who’s pork short ribs once made a guest claim they “made me believe in Santa again.”

Phnom Penh Evening Food Tour Stir Fry

Try three (or more) low-and-slow stews and stir-fries with ancestral recipes from the deep country at Phnom Penh’s busiest roadside eatery.

Phnom Penh Food Tour Craft Beer Bar

In the land of sugarcane and humidity, try a craft-rum cocktail or crispy light craft beer to top off the tour, an excellent nightcap.

Featured In:

"A Tuk-Tuk ride through Gastronomic History"

"I was on a historical odyssey and didn’t even know it. These themes are what made the tour come alive. I would have been quite satisfied romping from place to place, beer in hand, but what I found was a premiere introduction to Khmer culture as well as cuisine.”

"Local Khmer Food Odyssey"

"This was one of the best food tours I have been on in a while. What I loved best was that the places we went and the food we ate was authentic and a truly local experience."

"Phnom Penh, Cambodia: I’m In Love"

"At one point we even went to a BBQ place that is apparently usually only a drive-through, except Lost Plate has arranged for a table to be set up on the family’s patio a few nights a week for their tours. I would absolutely suggest making time for it while you’re in Phnom Penh!"

Customer Reviews:

5/5

The lost plate food tour was by far my favorite culinary experience in Cambodia. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. They took us to so many delicious spots that we likely wouldn’t have found on our own. The food on this tour was the best we experienced anywhere during our 8 days in Cambodia. Riding around on tuk tuks is a great way to see the city at night and much more fun than many of the walking food tours offered in other cities. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone visiting Phnom Penh.

Wilson T

March 2020

5/5

The tour was a great intro to Cambodian food and culture. My friend and I took the tour at the beginning of our trip which helped us scout out dishes and street vendors throughout our trip. I found the tour incredibly helpful as it was my first time in Southeast Asia and I didn’t fully understand the food culture. I wouldn’t have found the tour stops on my own, and each stop has a fascinating back story. We loved that several dishes pushed our palettes. Also, I’m gluten intolerant and was a little worried I would miss out, but the guides made it a non-issue.

Shane S

February 2020

5/5

Was met by Lea our guide for the night and off we went – 8 of us tried a variety of traditional foods all with explanation by Lea who was informative and could not do enough for you – the free beer helped along the way as people started to ask more questions. We learnt some local customs – finish your rice 🙂 – overall I would highly recommend as you go places you probably wouldn’t as a tourist and it’s an experience I won’t forget.

Paul B

November 2019

5/5

I went on this tour after having lived 4 years as an expat in Cambodia and loved it! Learning about the history of some of the foods, trying things I may have not tried on my own, and meeting the shopkeepers in many of the food stalls was a big treat. Thy-Thy was a great guide and the communication from the team made coordination really easy. My only complaint is that I ate too much food and drank too much beer! It was delicious!! Thanks LostPlate.

Wanderingzito

October 2019

COVID-19 Health & Safety.

  • Flexible Cancellation Policy: We have always offered one of the most flexible cancellation policies in the industry and that hasn’t changed. You are able to reschedule your tour or receive a 100% refund for all cancellations made at least 48 hours before the tour start time. Your reservations with Lost Plate are worry-free.
  • Symptom-Free: We require that all guides and guests are free of any symptoms. Guides or guests showing symptoms of any illness, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, will be asked to not join the tour.
  • Social Distancing Measures: We will maintain social distance whenever possible during the tour. We follow all local regulations and restaurant requirements, which means it’s possible your group may be seated at multiple tables at a venue.
  • Masks Required: All guides and guests are required to wear face masks at all times when not eating or drinking. If you are unsure where to purchase a mask, please let us know so we can send some recommendations. If you have a medical exemption or disability that prohibits you from wearing a mask, you must book a private tour for just your group by contacting us.
  • Sanitization: Hand sanitizer or hand-washing facilities will be provided at each stop.
  • Individual Portions: When possible, all portions will be served in individual servings. If larger dishes must be shared, public utensils will be made available to ensure each guest’s safety.
  • All restaurants that we visit follow local requirements. Temperature checks, personal registration, and/or health app screening are likely. It is the guest’s responsibility to meet requirements at each stop.
  • Your guide has the right to refuse service to anyone not complying with safety protocols. If you have any questions or concerns with any of these details, please contact us before your tour begins.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Come hungry because you will get a lot of food! We are not a tasting tour, we provide much more than a full meal’s worth of food so we recommend you eat light before the tour and come prepared. 

We provide unlimited beer and drinks during the tour, which includes water and soda if you don’t drink beer. Please feel free to bring the alcohol of your choice along if you don’t like beer.

We have many happy customers who do all of our tours in each city! We have designed our tours to focus only on food that comes from the local area. This means that each dish is unique to each tour and there aren’t ANY repeats.

Most people are very surprised how different the cuisine and food culture is in each city of Cambodia, and our tours are a good way to discover those differences. We encourage you to pick the tours that best fit your itinerary and we offer a 10% discount if booking more than one tour.

We sure do! If you decide to do more than one tour with us we are happy to offer you a 10% discount off your total amount. It doesn’t matter if the tour is in the same city or a different city, we want to keep feeding you as long as you let us. Our online booking system will automatically deduct the discount from your total if booking online at the same time. If you decide to add more tours later, your original confirmation email will include a promo code to use on those bookings. Also, children ages 4-15 receive a discount on all tours (3 & under are free).

Our tours have been designed to accommodate as many diets as possible while still remaining authentic and delicious.  We prepare our tour menu beforehand, so please let us know if you have special requirements when you book.

Please note that Khmer cuisine features a lot of fish sauce as a natural salt (don’t worry, it’s not fishy), which is the most common issue we follow-up with guests about.

Vegetarian: We can accommodate this, vegetarians can eat at most, if not all, of the stops depending on how flexible the diet is to fish sauce. 

Fun fact: there’s no Khmer word for vegetarian, even saying “no-meat diet” would still include fish/oyster sauces and meat-based broths, so saying vegetarian in Khmer would actually require a long-winded explanation.

Vegan: This tour will be extremely limited for vegans. You may be able to eat in some stops depending on how strict your diet is to fish sauce. We still get vegans on the tour who are curious to learn about traditional culture. Talk to us and we’ll let you know how many courses you’ll have. 

Fun fact: If there’s no word for vegetarian, the idea of veganism is at the horizons of the Khmer language’s cognition. The closest thing to it, and how we explain it to our vendors, is “temple-food” which is the diet Buddhist monks observe, built around as little suffering and negative karma as possible.

Food allergies: This tour is easily adaptable to those who are gluten intolerant, and feel free to bring your own booze if you want to keep up with everyone on the beer! Please let us know if you have any other allergies or restrictions, we’ve heard every type under the sun. 

Bookings cancelled 2 days (48 hours) or more before your tour are fully refundable (100% refund). Bookings cancelled within 48 hours notice are not refundable. Cancellations must be communicated by email to info@lostplate.com or by phone. If you would like to reschedule your tour with less than 48 hours notice, we will need to charge 50% of your total since we are unable to fill your spots at short notice.

Our minimum is 2 and maximum is 12. There’s no flag to follow, or megaphone, or tacky uniforms. It’s small enough to be intimate, but big enough to get away with trying several dishes at each stop. You’ll get plenty of face-time with the experts. Bottom line is, you’ll follow the guide through a super-local experience and make friends along the way. It is awfully common for our guests to continue the evening together after the tour is over for a few more rounds.

The tour starts at 6pm, and we offer free hotel pick-up at central locations. When you complete your booking online, you’ll be able to provide your hotel name and address (or you can notify us later if you’re not sure where you’re staying yet) and we will send you an estimated pick-up time the day before your tour, which is typically between 5:45-6pm. We’ll meet you at the lobby with a Lost Plate sign and a cooler of ice-cold beers to start the evening.

After the tour, we will take you back to your hotel, or wherever you’d like to go next!

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Phnom Penh Food Tour by Tuktuk

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$59/person

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