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. 

Nasi campur buffet going for $5 per person. Good home cooking menu here.

Nasi campur buffet going for $5 per person. The food here feels like home.

 

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!

My favorite dishes when dining at the Halal Restaurant on Street 130.

My friends how have eaten the beef amok here says they can’t stop thinking about it when they’re back in KL. My favorite dishes at the Halal Restaurant on Street 130.

 

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)

It feels like Bali when you step into this restaurant.

It feels like Bali when you step into this restaurant.

 

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. 

This was my go-to lunch place during weekdays because they serve good and affordable Malaysian & Khmer food.

This was my go-to lunch place during weekdays because they serve good and affordable Malaysian & Khmer food.

 

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)

If you miss mamak back home, there's one here in Phnom Penh!

If you miss mamak back home, there’s one here in Phnom Penh!

 

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 look. There’s even a private room for dinner or gathering (eh bestnya). The dinner buffet menu is so sedap (good) especially the ulam and sambal belacan platter.” I am still a spicy girl at heart and when I saw that tray of goodies, I was so excited and felt at home immediately. The restaurant serves authentic Malay & fusion cuisine buffet from lunch to dinner and has a private room for those who wish to sit together in a group when they dine here. The buffet menu changes daily and consists of dishes such as daging goreng d’gulai, ikan pating rebung masak lemak cili padi that taste exactly like the food back home.

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 

Budu, sambal belacan and ulam for those who want a taste of Malaysia.

Budu, sambal belacan and ulam for those who want a taste of Malaysia.

 

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. 

Fancy seeing a halal stall at the Phnom Penh weekend night market.

Fancy seeing a halal stall at the Phnom Penh weekend night market.

 

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.

Khmer noodle ingredients on display at this Halal stall at the night market.

Khmer noodle ingredients on display at this Halal stall at the night market.

 

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. 

That looks like the real Nasi Lemak deal except that it's in Phnom Penh.

That looks like the real Nasi Lemak deal except that it’s in Phnom Penh.

 

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 vegetablesThe 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) 

The fried meehoon and chicken curry is good here.

The fried meehoon and chicken curry is good here.

 

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) 

Chicken curry with briyani rice and a set of vegetarian thali for dinner in Madras.

Chicken curry with briyani rice and a set of vegetarian thali for dinner in Madras.

 

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) 

Fried rice at Royal Indian Restaurant for lunch.

Fried rice at Royal Indian Restaurant for lunch.

 

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 

Four cheese pizza, hummus, bread and Turkish coffee for lunch in Hummus.

Four-cheese pizza, hummus, a  and Turkish coffee for lunch in Hummus.

 

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 penyetketoprakpecel 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

Enjoying Indonesian flavors at Borobudur Restaurant in Phnom Penh

Nasi padang & ayam penyet tastes so good in Borobudur Restaurant.

 

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)

Khmer curry noodles in MK Halal Restaurant.

Ordered the Khmer curry noodles for dinner!

 

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)

A chicken rice set in a Phnom Penh KFC restaurant.

A chicken rice set in a Phnom Penh KFC restaurant.

 

Map of Halal Restaurants in Phnom Penh. 

 

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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.

31 Responses to Halal Eats in Phnom Penh

  1. Aliza says:

    Wonderful! Thank you for this. We are planning to move there. This has really really helped. Thank you Sherry.

  2. Sherry says:

    Good post.

    There are many Halal restaurants besides mentioned in the post. For Example 1. Mount Everest. 2. Taste of Middle East. 3. Taste Budz. 4. Kaviar. 5. East India. 6. Petra. All these restuarants have good taste as well.

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Sherry,

      Thank you for sharing these restaurants as well. I have tried Taste Budz but not the others. Will make sure to do so and include it in this list!

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Sherry,

      I’m wondering if you’re the Sherry we met last night in Carls Junior?
      If yes, then it’s such a small world!

  3. Mohsin says:

    Gulai restaurant doesn’t do buffet anymore .. And halal restaurant have increased their prices from $2 plus .,

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Mohsin,

      Thanks for the update. Will edit that in the post.
      For Halal Restaurant at Riverside, their breakfast is still $2++ onwards.

  4. Zarith says:

    Salam,

    What a great compilation,sis. very useful info!

    I am just wondering if I can get to eat Kampot pepper crab at one of these restaurants. any idea? *_^

    • fienuts says:

      Salam Zarith,

      I think you can get the black pepper Kampot at Wau or M.K. Halal Restaurant. I only had the one in Kep but that’s very far away from Phnom Penh.

      Another option is to go to Titanic Restaurant (opposite Night Market) and try it there. They don’t serve pork but they have beer. At least you have options to decide. Hope this helps 🙂

  5. Mohamed says:

    Hi,

    Great write up indeed and very informative. Thanks very much.

    One other question, my family and I are thinking about moving to PP soon. My wife is a niqabi and I was wondering how life is for Naqbi’s in general in Phnom Penh? Your thoughts would be most helpful.

    Many thanks,
    Kareem

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Kareem,

      Thank you for reading this post.

      Generally, Muslims are a minority in Cambodia and accepted here. In terms of what we wear, there are no issues as they practice tolerance. You might get a few stares as a niqabi woman is very rarely seen in the city, but it is okay.

      What’s more important is how we approach the locals and our behavior with them (just as how we do it when we travel to other countries in the world). Cambodians are kind and friendly, therefore it’s quite easy to interact with them. They will not give us trouble, unless we give them trouble. Hope this helps in your smooth transition to Cambodia 🙂

      Regards,
      Fie

    • Sherry says:

      Hi Kareem,

      There’s no problem being a niqabi anywhere in Cambodia. Alhamdulillah my wife also takes hijaab like many other Muslim women in Cambodia.

  6. azizah says:

    Good info fie…thx for sharing. will be in PP and Kampot for ibadah qurban n waqaf telaga from 10-16 sept and hope all the restaurants are open.

    • fienuts says:

      Thank you Azizah.
      I remember that they were opened last year but you can always give them a call before you go to the restaurant 🙂
      Will be here for Raya Qurban too.

  7. Azizul says:

    Hi,any idea hotel serve halal food at Phnom Penh ?thanx

  8. Wow they all look delicious and i will try it soon. thank for sharing cos even i am in pp i really dnt know it.

  9. June says:

    Hello!! sis. My family and I plan to visit Phnom Penh in November. I was looking around for agent or transport company that can pick us up from Phnom Penh airport with sightseeing and all. But I coudn’t find any. Please advise if you happen to know anyone from transport company or tourist office. We have 8 adult and 2 children age 2 and 7 yrs old. Tks

  10. Sheryna Merina says:

    thank you for the useful halal food information.
    I’ll be in Phnom Penh on 29-31 May 2016 and your article is very helpful.
    Thanks again 😀

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  13. Very useful! The question now is when will I, if ever, head over there? 🙂

  14. jardness says:

    nice compilation!

  15. Zara AB says:

    While we were in Phnom Penh, we managed to try Cafe Malaya, D’Wau Restaurant and Mamak Corner. Oh, not to forget KFC as well. Didn’t realized that there are Halal Stall at the Night Market too.

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Zara,

      Oh yes I should add in the list that KFC here is halal (thank goodness) and there is spicy with lemon flavour besides original.
      There’s also one more Halal Restaurant near the riverside which I plan to check out this weekend and there’s another Halal Indonesian restaurant near Continental Hotel area.I didn’t realize too until we walked around to the food stalls. I guess they must be new 🙂

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