Before travelling to Cambodia I tried to find as much information as possible about eating gluten free in Cambodia. Most accounts I could find from others with coeliac disease said that they found the country “difficult” and that it was hard to eat gluten free. I have no doubt that compared to say, Europe or the U.S., it was hard. But when you’ve been living in China for five months, the relative ease of finding gluten free food in Cambodia felt like a luxury.
The supermarkets have the odd gluten free item
Whilst in Siem Reap, home of Angkor, I was able to find gluten free Weet-Bix, granola bars and corn thins in the small supermarkets dotted around the small city centre. These items are IMPOSSIBLE to get in China. In fact, I hadn’t been able to find gluten free Weet-Bix in the UK.
However, you won’t get this choice outside of Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. If you’re travelling to smaller towns too (such as Kampot or Sihonkaville) take snack items with you.
Gluten free pizza in Phnom Penh!
Whilst in Phnom Penh I even managed to find a restaurant that served gluten free pizza. My Friend’s Bakery Café served gluten free pizza along with gluten free cake, sandwiches and even pancakes. I never got a chance to ask the lovely lady who owned it why she has such a wide gluten free range, so if anyone ever goes and finds out, please let me know!
Siem Reap was really great for vegetarian options. What’s more, plenty of the places we ate at were also social enterprises, which means that your money is going towards a good cause. Our favourite café was Sister Srey, which uses their money to support young Cambodians through further education and provides them with training. Their menu clearly indicates the gluten free and vegetarian options they have. I loved their corn fritters with salsa.
Let’s end this blog with cake.
The Blossom Café in Siem Reap was a surprising find. The cute little café sold lovely cakes and drinks – including two gluten free cupcakes! They were intricate and truly scrumptious. I also tried the gluten free parfait – rich and tasty!
For more detailed information about eating gluten free in Cambodia, check out our video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSHvLwjXjLM