Battambang is home to an astonishing range of restaurants, offering something to suit most budgets and tastes. You’ll find both traditional Khmer dishes as well as a host of international options, leaving Battambang expats spoiled for choice. If you are looking for something tasty and low cost, these are a few of the best places to dine in Battambang on a budget:
Lan Chov Khorko Miteanh/Chinese Noodle Dumpling
Located on Road 2 between Pub Street and Psar Naat, Lan Chov Khorko Miteanh — or Chinese Noodle Dumpling as it’s more commonly called — is a great low-cost noodle restaurant. The menu includes a number of delicious stir-fried and soup dishes made with their own hand-pulled noodles, as well as steamed and fried dumplings. Most dishes cost less than $2 and come with free jasmine tea. Portions are huge and watching the ‘Noodle Man’ prepare dishes at the front of the shop is one of the highlights!
Open daily for lunch and dinner
Street 2, Battambang
T: 092 589 639
Street-side Khmer Noodle Soup
The best place to get a traditional Cambodian breakfast in Battambang is an informal stall set just back from the road serving Khmer noodle soup, known as kuy tiev. You’ll find this gem on Road 207 towards the President Hotel, just past Dewey University. It would be hard to find if it wasn’t so popular — there’s usually a sea of motos parked around the gateway there to slurp up the tasty vegetable, noodle, and pork broth soup. A bowl is only $0.75 but be sure to get there early as they close up mid-morning.
Open for breakfast
Street 207, just past Dewey University, Battambang
Scenically located on the banks of the Sangker, The River has an extensive and inexpensive menu of Khmer and Western dishes for between $2 and $4. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, although sunset is a particularly nice time to enjoy the view, and if you want a sundowner, draft beers are only $0.50!
Open daily, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Road 1A, Battambang
T: 012 781 687
Mariyan Pizza House
A little out of the way beside Wat Sangker, is Maryan Pizza House. Although their pizza is not so low-cost, the Khmer dishes are delicious and generally come in for less than $2.50. It’s also a nice place to dine with friends as there are a number of small booths in which you can eat.
Open daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Street 211, Battambang
T: 096 666 6863
There is an ongoing debate about whether this dish originated in Cambodia or Vietnam, but if you’re in Cambodia it’s best to stick to that side! The traditional bean sprout, vegetable and meat filled egg crepe is available at a multitude of restaurants along road 159D (towards the railway line) for just 3,000 riel ($0.75). There are several restaurants serving banh chao all in traditional wooden houses overlooking the river with great views and also offering a unique cultural experience. The one below, in a green building, is my favorite.
Street 159D northwest of Street 302, Battambang
T: 097 796 9865
Looking for more ideas? Check out our dining guide to Battambang.