Jackfruit and Sticky Rice in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Jackfruit and Sticky Rice

in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

After a delicious barbecue dinner, I was in the mood for something sweet. Specifically, I was excited to try some traditional Cambodian desserts! It was late at night in Phnom Penh, and my friends brought me to a small roadside shop selling a variety of sweets.

I decided to try the jackfruit and sticky rice.

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Cambodian jackfruit and sticky rice
Cambodian jackfruit and sticky rice

I've had the world-famous Thai mango sticky rice before, and I've even had sticky rice with durian in Ayutthaya, Thailand's ancient capital. However, I don't think I've ever had jackfruit with sticky rice, although the concept is similar.

Jackfruit is a really interesting fruit that grows in the tropical lowlands of South and Southeast Asia. If you've never tasted it before, it can be a little hard to describe. The fruit has a very subtle almost banana-like flavor and a chewy, rubbery texture. I really like it!

In this dessert, the individual pieces of jackfruit, which naturally form into small cuplike shapes, were split open like a taco and stuffed with a portion of sweetened sticky rice. The little packets of flavor were served with a side of sweetened coconut milk to dip them in, adding a little extra salty sweetness to the dessert.

late-night street food dessert in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
late-night street food dessert in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Location

This little streetside stand is located at 130 St 450, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. If you come during the day, you might not see anything, as the shop opens up at night.

The shop is very close to Ven Kuy Teav Poipet, where you can get some awesome barbecue.

a local street food shop selling sweets in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
a local street food shop selling sweets in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

They sell an incredible and colorful variety of traditional Cambodian sweets, and it's really hard to choose which one to try. Why not sample a few?

a variety of traditional Cambodian sweets for dessert
a variety of traditional Cambodian sweets for dessert

You can find this shop at night at the location shown in the map below.

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