A writer keen to share knowledge of South East Asia and loves exploring and writing about the gems in the community, art and culture of Adelaide, as well as towns and cities further afield.
Published October 12th 2018
Cambodian Street Food at its best in Adelaide CBD
A gem has just opened at stall 56 in the Adelaide Central Market Arcade. Little Khmer Kitchen - Cambodian Street Food. For those who love the flavours and smells of South East Asian street food, this is a must. For those who have walked along the streets and within the small markets in Cambodia in search of yummy food and eaten with the locals, this smart and classy food stall will take you back and set your taste buds alive again. Or if you are a foodie and want to expand your food experience and encourage others to do the same, Little Khmer Kitchen will not disappoint.
The owner of Little Khmer Kitchen is Sreymom, a young woman with a big smile and a big heart, who is clearly very proud of her Cambodian roots, grew up in Cambodia and now calls Adelaide home. Sreymom lives and breathes her food dream and Little Khmer Kitchen represents her passion, love and enthusiasm for Cambodian food, which she explains as absolutely central to Cambodian life.
The Little Khmer Kitchen is the only Cambodian eatery in the Adelaide CBD and has an amazing menu offering breakfast and lunch through the week and extends to dinner on a Friday night. There is some seating on stools around the stall to allow you to meet up with others for a meal, and take away is also possible if you are on the run. With the hustle and bustle of the Adelaide Central Market all around as well as the unique shops that make up the Central Market Arcade, this is a fantastic spot to truly indulge all senses and especially your taste buds.
Sreymom, whilst owning and managing this gem, is also the cook and interacts with all customers and loves to chat about her food and Cambodia if she gets a spare minute. You can hear customers mentioning that they have travelled to and love Cambodia, that they were born or grew up there and miss the food, or have lived there at some point in their life, all thanking Sreymom for bringing Cambodian food to the market and to the Adelaide CBD. The recent renovations that have been made to the shop are bright and clean and allow customers to easily view Sreymom in the kitchen preparing each dish individually. The kitchen's mantra and commitment to its customers is to never skimp on flavour, so rich sauces, crisp salads, fish curry (amok), chicken skewers pumping with traditional flavours, crunchy waffles, and breakfast congee (bo bor) are all part of a carefully and lovingly prepared menu.
For me, eating at Little Khmer Kitchen was the complete experience. The passion and smiles, the genuine connection between the cook and the eater, the sites and smells of the food being prepared and then the joy of the flavours, inspiring me to dash off into the Central Market to at least try and find the fresh ingredients that I just saw Sreymom perform culinary miracles with.
Stall 56, Central Market Arcade, Adelaide. Your next go-to place for a tastebud sensation and an indulgence in amazing Cambodian street food. A big 10 out of 10 from me.