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The best street food? -- Phnom Penh's finest grilled chicken

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The best street food? -- Phnom Penh's finest grilled chicken

Michael Lerner | Jun 17, 2003 08:41 AM

I'm a little burned out on posts recounting expensive meals in upscale restaurants -- as well as disappointed with my own most recent experience (see below, "Bangkok - Spice Market disappointment") -- and thought I would put street food back on the top of the board....

Last night I picked up a grilled chicken from my favorite vendor here in Phnom Penh. There's a group of grilled chicken sellers on Sihanouk Blvd, on the sidewalk just a few meters down from Lucky Supermarket. I think the best chicken is sold at second stall from the left.

The bird was succulent, perfectly moist on the inside with crisp (but not overly burnt) skin. They partially cook the chickens on a vertical rotisserie, and then butterfly and finish cooking them on the grill. (Not so at other stalls, where the birds are often cooked from start to finish on the grills, and as a result can get dried out.) The bird is sold with all the trimmings: fresh herbs (not sure what the name is); fresh cucumbers; a slightly sweet side of pickled cabbage with some carrot; a lime and a packet of mixed salt and pepper (and maybe a bit of MSG?), in order to make the dipping sauce (fresh lime juice, salt and pepper) that Khmers use for roast or grilled meats.

Total cost for all the above: $1.50....which feeds two hungry people.

This, naturally, leads to a question: What is the best street food in the world, in terms of value for money?

- Michael

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