I am one of those travelers who loves to sample local food, especially desserts. While I tasted the coconut ice-cream bread sandwich with nuts and raspberry sauce, coconut doughnuts and sweet coconut, sugar and sesame seeds on crispy rice pancake in Thailand, I got to see a whole new set of desserts in Cambodia as I entered the old market in Siem Reap, the town closest to Angkor Wat.
This was the shop with a lot of local crowd. I stood around the shop for half an hour, watching the action taking place in front of me. Locals kept pouring in, ordered their sweetmeats and the lady behind the shop kept dishing out these yummy looking desserts at a lightning pace. And all these dishes were between 1000 and 1500 Cambodian riel, which equates to roughly 0.25 to 0.40 USD. The most popular dessert seemed to be the one with palm fruit in it. The second most popular one had palm fruit, jack fruit and jelly in it. The other desserts were sprout based, banana based or made from red bean.
But, all of them were made from sweet condensed sugar. My personal favorite was the cold palm fruits with sugar syrup, sweet condensed milk and powdered ice with some caramel on top of it. The other desserts are also great to taste. If you visit Siem Reap, you should try this place and see which dessert is your favorite.