Are you looking for some top class vegan food in an oasis of calm, but right in the centre of Siem Reap, one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations?
We’re on a Vegan Food Quest to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world and if like us, eating amazing plant-based cuisine is a must for any good night out then a reservation here should definitely be on the agenda whilst you’re in Siem Reap.
You’ll already be at ease with the tranquil setting, designed by famous resort architect Bill Bensley and centred around a beautiful ancient banyan tree, surrounded by water.
Choose the ‘Vegan Apsara Dinner Menu’ and you can enjoy the sight of graceful, traditional Khmer dancing whilst eating 5 delicious courses of plant-based food.
The Vegan Food:
We were distracted from the beautiful Apsara dancing by the arrival of our first appetiser; a roasted aubergine salad with local cression and roasted fried garlic and shallots. It was sweet, sour, peanutty and packed with delicious Khmer herbs; these are the kind of distractions we like.
Next we were served grilled vegetable skewers; covered in curry paste and chargrilled to give a wonderful spicy flavour. They were served on a sweet, pickled salad, full of crunchy, fresh vegetables and then scattered with peanuts.
Our soup course had a wonderful aroma and an even better taste; sour, garlicky and an array of fresh Khmer herbs like caraway leaf. We loved the crunchy, sprouted peanuts inside and the slices of lotus stem, the winter melon was juicy and there were sweet fresh pineapple chunks which gave a great sweet taste.
You know you’re eating Khmer food when you’re served ‘amok’, a delicious coconut creamy curry that is traditionally cooked in a banana leaf, so we were happy to see our tasting menu included a vegan version made with braised tofu.
The tofu slices were served in two different ways, fried and plain, which added a really good variety of texture and along with the firm nhor leaves, this wonderfully spicy curry was rich, filling and full of plant-based protein.
There was no missing out on dessert at ‘The Dining Room’ either, we were served Khmer ‘akor’ cakes with toasted sesame seeds and coconut sauce, so not only did we get to try a new local food, but we also got to eat vegan cake which is always a bonus.
They were akin to steamed, coconut muffins; made by using rice flour and coconut milk which has been allowed to ferment slightly. They were totally delicious and despite being really full up, we managed to finish the whole, generously sized portion.
The Vegan Food Quest Verdict:
Make a reservation at ‘The Dining Room’ at Park Hyatt Siem Reap to enjoy your own Vegan Apsara Dinner Menu.
Not only can you witness the traditional Khmer dancing, but you’ll also get to eat 5 courses of seriously good vegan food that not only tastes wonderful, but unveils the best bits of Cambodian cuisine for the luxury loving vegan diner.
We were guests of The Dining Room @ Park Hyatt Siem Reap but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.
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