Eating Gluten Free in Cambodian Restaurants

Travelling as a celiac in Southeast Asia can be complicated. There’s often very little understanding of allergies (peanuts!) or celiac disease in the region, but staying gluten free in Cambodia may be easier than you think.

We’ve found it best to carry with you a card explaining what celiac disease means or a list of popular regional ingredients that you can and cannot eat. For example:

  • No Oyster sauce
  • No Hoisin sauce
  • No Soy sauce
  • No …
  • Yes fish sauce
  • Yes rice
  • Yes …

You need to be wary of sauces, soups, stir-fries, and especially street food. It can be hard to know exactly all the ingredients and cross-contamination is extremely likely to happen.

One thing that you won’t have to worry about is snacking! Cambodia has tons of gluten-free snack foods for you to buy like freshly sliced fruits, roasted rice with banana, and steamed sweet potatoes. Oh, plain insects are gluten free too if you’re up for it.

Even though you may not have the opportunity to try a lot of the local cuisine, know that in most cities you’ll always be able to find a restaurant to cater to you. We offer gluten-free pastas so you can enjoy italian classics. You can also shop for gluten-free items in most grocery stores.

Gluten-Free Restaurants in Phnom Penh

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Vibe Café

Backyard Café

Gluten-Free Restaurants in Siem Reap

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Brother Bong Café

Vibe Café

Honourable Mention:
Indian restaurants often have many gluten-free options.

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