Halal Eats in Phnom Penh
An updated list of Halal eateries in the city.
Since we still couldn’t cook at home, we had to eat out and this meant searching for halal restaurants in Phnom Penh. It’s always good to know there are different types of halal food that you can find in this city from Khmer to Malaysian. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these restaurants the longer we stay here.
You’ll be seeing an updated list from time to time as there are new restaurants coming up and some which have been closed. If you happen to know more halal restaurants in the area, let me know so that we can check it out after work or during the weekends.
1. Cafe Malaya (Malaysian)
Even before I came to Phnom Penh, my Uncle had already mentioned to me about a halal restaurant called Cafe Malaya and asked me to visit his friend who owns it. The restaurant is easy to miss when you’re on a tuk tuk but you’ll be able to see the yellow signage with the Malaysian flag in front of the shop as you go onto Street 118.
Many Malaysians who work in Phnom Penh come here for the lunch buffet which costs USD5 per person for 6 home cooked Malaysian dishes such as chicken curry, sambal ikan bilis, beef rendang, ikan patin masak lemak cili api, telur dadar and sambal belacan. You can also order Nescafe ais, teh o’ ais and have the bubur pulut hitam for dessert. The owners are friendly and speak both Khmer and Malay as they hail from Kedah. Say hello to ‘Pakcik’ and his daughter Lina when you’re there.
Location: #65E0, Street 118, Sangkat Phsar Thmei 1, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh | Call: +855 16 719 475 | Opening hours: Mon-Sun (1o:30am-8:00pm) | Note: Buffet or nasi campur are only available here. They cater for groups as well.
2. Halal Restaurant (Khmer)
This has become our regular and favorite restaurant in Phnom Penh because it serves very delicious Cambodian dishes for those who wish to experience local food. It’s nice to sit in and order teh o ais or milo ais on a hot day (these drinks are so good) while browsing through the menu in English (as well as Khmer). The owner a lady speaks fluent Malay and is often seen at the restaurant while the worker are Muslim Cambodians who understand a bit of the Malay language. Breakfast starts at 7:30 am with menu consisting of chicken / fish porridge, kueh teow ladna, fried meehun and hot drinks. The prices are also reasonable and begins from 5000r ($1.25).
Lunch and dinner menus are ala carte with popular (I would also say the best) beef amuk, beef lok lak, chicken ngan ngov (soup) and fried fish with mango sauce. Their fried rice dish are ok if you want to go with something safe but I would recommend you to try the local dishes and go with the strange names as it might come out surprisingly good in the end.
Location: #15E0, Street 130, (near Riverside), Sangkat Psar Kandal 1, Phnom Penh | Call: +855 12 536 969 | Opening hours: Mon-Sun (7:30am-9:00pm) | Note: The fish amok is excellent!
3. Warung Bali (Indonesian)
With a halal restaurant right up the street from where we live, you can bet that this is the most frequented dinner spot for us weekly. This is only because Warung Bali serves authentic Indonesian food served in generous portions at such a good price (USD$2 onwards). It’s easy to find the restaurant because it’s next on the street facing the Royal Palace and just beside it is the famous Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel. Any restaurant that sits just next door to the hotel is a bonus for me. The interior decoration is reminiscent of alluring Bali especially the framed SEA map made of javanese batik.
My personal favorite item on the menu is nasi gila which is white rice, fried egg and minced chicken which reminded me of nasi paprik. There’s also kelapa ais and kelapa juice (coconut shake) if you’re thirsty from the hot sun.
Location: #25, Street 178, Phnom Penh | Call: +855 012 967 480 | Opening hours: Mon-Sun (10am-9pm)
4. Wau Restaurant (Malaysian-Khmer)
Formerly known as D’Wau, the restaurant has since moved out from New York Hotel and moved into their own premises. They are now located at the corner of the French Institute and across the Elite Boutique Hotel. They are still serving Cambodian halal food ala carte options along with a Malaysian menu like nasi lemak (love it!). On certain days we would see travel groups coming in for the buffet which is catered specifically for them. The friendly family speaks Malay, English and Khmer fluently.
Since this was our go-to place for lunch, they’re usually familiar with our orders and that’s okay with us since we know that the food is consistent. My personal favorites are fried kueh teow, fried meehoon and paprik chicken.
Location: Wau Restaurant, No 103A, Street 63, Preah Trasek Taem Boulevard, Phnom Penh | Call: +855 18 887 | Opening hours: Mon-Sun (7am-9pm) | FB: Wau Restaurant | Note: Good for budget travelers and groups. Price starts from $2 above.
5. Mamak’s Corner (Malaysian)
Who says you can’t find good old Malaysian mamak food in Phnom Penh? Our tuk tuk had taken us for a ride until we had to use Waze and direct him to this location. To avoid this from happening, look out for the restaurant just before the Maybank Cambodia branch on Russian Boulevard or Kramoun Sar.
Of course this is not the same as sitting at tables outside of the restaurant and at any hours of the day but the roti canai, nasi campur with curry fish, curry chicken, vegetables and chicken kurma tastes exactly like it would back home. They also serve a mean teh tarik for those who crave for it. Prices are affordable as two nasi campur, a glass of teh tarik, two roti canai, teh o ais and chinese tea, cost less than USD10.
Location: #17, Street 114, Kramoun Sar (Preah Ang Duong), Phnom Penh | Call: +855 012 777 990 | Opening hours: Mon-Sun (7am-7pm)
6. The Gulai Restaurant (Malaysian)
This was my review for The Gulai Restaurant after trying it out for the first time “Love the clean and classy restaurant
Location: Ground Floor, Season Residence Building #109-#135, Street 144, Sangkat Psar Kandal II, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh | Call: +855 81 555 295 | Opening hours: Mon-Sun (8:00am-11:30pm) | Price: $6 for buffet lunch & $5 for buffet dinner (per pax). | FB Page: The GULAI Restaurant
7. Stall C13, Phnom Penh Night Market (Khmer)
I love night markets even when I’m abroad as it has all the things that cater to the locals and tourists. At the Phnom Penh night market, you can find stalls selling souvenirs, accessories, clothing, SIM cards and all kinds of local food. There were street food snacks which consist of exotic ones such as crickets and there were also stalls with tables for those who wish to have an open air dinner. The market area is huge and there are mats placed right in front of the stall areas for people to sit and eat together. This was also where we stumbled upon the halal food stall selling fried rice, fried noodle and chicken porridge for 5,000rl (USD1.50) each. The guy who served us was born in Muar and his sister was the owner of this particular stall. We had a chat before ordering two chicken porridge and drinks for dinner. I usually have the porridge because it is not too watery and they were generous with the chicken. The night market is only opened during the weekends and it starts as early as 3pm.
Location: Phnom Penh Night Market Street 1, Riverside, Phnom Penh | Opening hours: Fri-Sun (3pm-10pm) | Note: It is located behind the stage, on the right side.
8. Halal Khmer Noodle Stall @ Night Market (Khmer)
You’ll see a tray of dishes laid out at the stall with a menu option of Pad Thai, fried noodles, fried rice, Khmer noodles (red or green curry) and vegetable spring rolls. If you want to try a local dish then go for the Khmer noodles in red curry and watch when they sprinkle the vegetables and leaves into your bowl. Another good option to try out is the vegetable spring rolls with prawns in nice big portion, selling at 2,000 riel or $0.50 a piece. There’s no tables or chairs here so once you order, you can eat on the mat right in front of the stall with everyone or you can opt to take away the food (or kechop in Khmer).
Location: Phnom Penh Night Market, Street 1, Riverside, Phnom Penh | Opening hours: Fri-Sun (3pm-10pm) | Note: It’s located behind the stage, on the left side.
9. Restaurant Halal Mamak Malaysia (Old Stadium).
Whenever I crave for nasi lemak, I would head down to the Halal Mamak Malaysia Restaurant near the Old Stadium, about 15 minutes away from home. If you’ve followed my Instagram, I once posted this photo and mentioned how excited I was to eat nasi lemak that when we got there, I went down and salam (shook hands) with the lady owner. That was funny and embarrassing because we didn’t know each other at all. The restaurant also serves the best mee goreng mamak and kueh teow goreng in all of Phnom Penh (so far). I’ve spotted a burger stall outside the restaurant which makes chicken or beef burgers in the evenings as well as the the nasi campur (mixed rice) for lunch.
Location: #B005, Street 70, Sangkat Srah Chok, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh | Call: +855 23 69 24 777 | Opening hours: Mon-Sun (8:00am-7:00pm) | Note: It’s at Old Stadium or “Stad Ja” area, turn in when you see the orange Cellcard shop sign.
10. Ahman Green Restaurant (Malay-Khmer)
The Cambodian owners speak fluent Malay and Khmer, serving nasi campur (lunch only) and ala carte dishes. Although they restaurant has limited seating spaces, they make up for it with the food and teh ais that is not bad indeed. I love the chicken curry, fried chicken and their mixed vegetables. The only thing to remember is that it is not a buffet, therefore the price depends on what take from the food line-up. The restaurant has recently moved to a new location, behind Pencil Supermarket on Norodom Boulevard.
Location: Street 208 (Samdach Chakrei Ponn Street), Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh | Call: +855 97 997 7584 | Opening hours: Mon-Sun (8:00am-7:00pm)
11. Madras India Restaurant (Indian)
The first time we visited Madras was during the fasting month last year, when they were still located in Boeng Keng Kang (BKK1). The owner was kind enough to prepare the food just in time for the break of fast. We even got a plate of dates and fruits to go with our dinner. Since they moved to the popular Basaac Lane area, their delicious Indian dishes cater to people who are there for drink meet-ups. My personal favorite is their Briyani chicken, the large sized dosa (or tosai), the masala, curry and butter chicken. You need to wait awhile for the food but it is definitely worth it.
Location: 15, Street 308 (behind Malis Restaurant), Phnom Penh | Call: +855 99 624 710| Opening hours: Mon-Sun (10:00am-11:00pm)
12. Royal India Restaurant (Indian)
We saw an ad in a magazine that said this was the first Indian restaurant in the city and so we decided to give it a try, driving out to Orussey market area for more Indian food! We were the first customers that day (only 2 of us) and the owners were still preparing the dishes. We could only order what was available which was the fried rice even though the menu had plenty of delicious named food. Oh well tough luck for us but it also means that we’ll have to come for another visit soon. The restaurant is very clean and the owners (which reminded me of my Aunt and Uncle) personally served us our lunch. They also do catering and deliveries around Phnom Penh.
Location: No. 21, Street 111 (near Orussey Market), Phnom Penh | Call: +855 12 855 651| Opening hours: Mon-Sun (10:00am-11:00pm)
13. Hummus House (Lebanese)
Whenever I travel, I try not to eat kebabs unless there’s no halal or vegetarian options at all at that moment. However, when we visited Hummus House, they not only had kebabs but a variety of traditional Lebanese like the Arayess Kafta, sujuk (grilled spicy mixed lamb and beef sausage), falafel with tahini, as well as the signature hummus. As it turns out, I don’t mind it one bit especially when it’s eaten with pita bread. They also serve traditional coffee that comes in a tiny cup and a copper jug. The aroma and taste perked my senses immediately. If you’re adventurous and want to try a different international cuisine, then Hummus would be a nice place to start. It’s location which is next to the Night Market and in front of the River Cruise makes it a good spot for travelers visiting the city.
Location: No. 95, Street 1 (between Street 102 & Street 104), Preah Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh | Call: +855 92 483 759| Opening hours: Mon-Sun (10:00am-11:00pm) | FB: Hummus House
14. Borobudur Restaurant (Indonesian)
This new Indonesian eatery recently took over a coffee place and turned it into a pleasant, modern cafe in BKK1 area. While I loved the interior which is very spacious with ample of bright lights, the menu is not a disappointment. They serve spicy ayam penyet, ketoprak, pecel leleh, Iga bakar bumbu Bali (barbecued ribs). Prices are affordable and they’re looking into adding more items in the menu. I always order the ayam penyet, ayam bakar, nasi padang or soto during my visit here and look forward to their other dishes!
Location: #28B, Street 310, Boeng Keng Kong, Phnom Penh | Call: +855 97 789 5999| Opening hours: Mon-Sun (7:00am-10:00pm) | FB: Borobudur-Indonesian Cuisine
15. M.K. Halal Restaurant (Khmer)
The owner of the Halal stall at the night market has opened a new restaurant nearby. It was less than 3 minutes walk from the market and less crowded (since everyone was shopping inside). Maybe it was already there way long before our visit, because we haven’t noticed it before. The menu is quite extensive and has a lot of Khmer dishes for travelers. Since I’ve always loved their Khmer noodles, I ordered this for dinner and got a bowl full of chicken curry and vegetables. It’s still tastes as good as the ones they serve in the night market. The owner speaks Khmer and Malay which is convenient for Malaysians traveling into the city.
Location: #11, Street 108, Night Market (Riverside), Phnom Penh | Call: +855 12 204 333 | Opening hours: Mon-Sun (10:00am-10:30pm)
16. Kentucky Fried Chicken (Fast Food)
The fast food outlet scene in Phnom Penh varies from local and international franchises, including Kentucky Fried Chickene (KFC). The good news is that all the KFC outlets in Phnom Penh are halal (and certified halal too) which is convenient for Muslims who wish to have a quick bite in the shopping mall. There are also other KFC outlets available throughout the city serving the same menu as any KFC back home with an additional chicken rice option from $2.50 and above.
Address: Aeon Mall, Phnom Penh | Opening hours: Fri-Sun (9am-10pm)
Map of Halal Restaurants in Phnom Penh.
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.