Khmer Bread and Omelette in Phnom Penh

Khmer Bread and Omelette

at The Bright Lotus, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia became a French protectorate in 1863, and finally gained independence from French Indochina in 1953. Although the French are long gone, their near century of rule left several visible marks on the culture of Cambodia, most visible in the country's architecture and cuisine.

Baguettes, specifically, have become a ubiquitous part of Cambodia's food culture. They are served in the form of sandwiches, similar to the Vietnamese banh mi. They are also eaten on their own with butter or jam as a breakfast staple.

Khmer Bread and Omelette in Phnom Penh
Khmer Bread and Omelette in Phnom Penh

On my first morning in Phnom Penh, I ordered bread and an omelette from the Bright Lotus restaurant on the ground floor of the Bright Lotus Guesthouse. The simple meal was filling, especially given the entire baguette sliced and served with butter alongside my vegetable omelette.

It's a hearty breakfast before a day of exploring Cambodia's busy capital. While the meal may not seem especially exotic or "local", it's actually quite indicative of Cambodia's complex colonial past. The popularity of baguettes, which you can find sold all across the kingdom for fractions of a dollar, cannot be overstated.


The restaurant is located on the ground floor of The Bright Lotus Guesthouse, a cozy family-run guesthouse with cheap and basic but clean rooms located in a perfect location near the Royal Palace and the riverside area. The restaurant serves a variety of Khmer and Western dishes.

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