Eating Korean Food in Cambodia

On a hot and humid afternoon in Siem Reap, Cambodia we cool down in an air conditioned Korean restaurant serving up our favorite Korean foods we enjoyed while living in South Korea as ESL teachers.

You can leave Korea but Korean never leaves you.

Considering I’ve spent a full four years living in South Korea teaching English it has left an undeniable impression upon me. My experience living in Korea has shaped me as a person today.

Often I crave Korean food as much as I do western dishes; however, unlike ubiquitous items such as pizza and burgers, it can be harder to find.

Luckily, we noticed on the back of a tuk-tuk an advertisement for a Korean restaurant: Daebak 대박.

Daebak in Korean is an expression that roughly translates as ‘awesome.’

Did you do well on your test today? I sure did! DAEBAK!!! 대박.!!!!

However, we wondered whether or not the food was be as authentic or delicious as the amazing home cooked Korean food we had while living in Gyeonggi-Do.

After sampling a few of the sides dishes and mains, we were more than pleasantly surprised and we both agreed that if this restaurant was in Korea it would still receive top notch marks for authenticity and overall deliciousness.

I ordered my favorite dolsot bibimbap (stone pot Korean rice) and Audrey selected her favorite Korean soup (Sundubu Jigae – soft tofu soup) that came with a host of Korean side dishes.

Very few restaurants in Siem Reap have air conditioning so this was more than an added bonus after we had been outside dripping sweat all day visiting the Temples of Angkor.

We certainly fulfilled a craving for Korean food at this restaurant and we may even come back again before leaving town.

How about you? What types of food do you crave when you’ve been away from home for awhile? Please let me know in the comments below:

Eating Korean Food at Daebak Resstaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia video

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