Battambang: The second biggest province and the rice bowl of Cambodia. It’s famous for their rice, which is harvested 1-2 times per year. The number of rice paddies in Battambang feeds the whole population of Cambodia!
It’s a relief we were getting out of Siem Reap as we felt like we were splashing out everyday! Siem Reap is great but it’s touristy to the point everything is built for the tourist and we felt it was hard to actually find local food so we went to restaurants instead that were pricey considering this is quite a poor country.
On our travels from Siem Reap to Battambang we saw countryside vendors selling the bamboo sticky rice. The rice from the fields are mixed with black beans, coconut milk and seasoned with salt and sugar before being roasted on a charcoal flame. Many people from different provinces come and buy them as souvenirs to take back home. Here is our guide Bun opening a bamboo sticky rice to eat.