Right along the beautiful sea, a crowded area where many cars and buses stop for people to get inside. Kep’s crab market has always been know as a busy area and famous place where you’ll get the tastiest seafood in town. Fresh seafood that was brought up from the sea in front of you and you can even get to ask for a discount for the price. Whether you’re just passing by kampot or kep, Kep’s crab market is something you should never miss. But don’t be fooled, inside Kep’s crab market, there are a lot more than just seafood so if you’re wondering what else is inside, the list down here will guide you to see all the interesting things in Kep’s crab market.
1. Kep’s Seafood
For those of you who curious about go buying crabs and shrimps directly from the fishermen, you will get a basket of crabs that well worth it. If you want to experience the buying live crab at Kep’s crab market, here are a few tips. Make sure you get to bargain but don’t try too hard or else you’ll get a big shout from the sellers. Keep that in mind that the price can change day to day. By the time you got your crabs and shrimps, there are many choices to cook with it but the most popular one is the steaming which cost around 3,000 Riels for a kilo of crabs and shrimps. The crabs are stunned and then boiled in salty water and you can enjoy its natural flavor to the fullest. But that wasn’t enough, order some chili sauce to accompany the crabs. It sold in water bottles for between 4,000 to 5,000 Riels and that’s it, you’ll get to eat your tasty seafood.
2. Grilled Octopus and Fish
Besides the boiled crabs and shrimps, there is something you also should not miss, it’s the grilled octopus that hangs in a stick. There are many sizes of octopus to choose, you can just eat right away after it cooked or you can prefer to pack to eat on the beach. Yet again, it needs the chili sauce to make the taste even better. Another thing you can see is the sea fish that you don’t really get to eat in Phnom Penh. With the fresh look and the greatest taste of the soft texture of it, it would be a perfect choice for family lunch.
3. The Snacks
There are much more things to see than just seafood. If you’re getting tired from the seafood shopping, you can always get a drink of sugarcane juice which is sold almost everywhere. Besides the drinks, there are many other snacks such as “Num Jak Jol” and “Num Pum” which are very popular in Kep’s crab market. It costs 500 Riels per one. The sellers will bake it in front of you and you will get to taste the fresh cake that was taken out of the oven in front of you.
4. Dry Shrimp
Inside the kep’s crab market, you will get to see many dry shrimps that put on a tray sell in a small stall. It costs between 40,000 Riels to 50,000 Riels per kilo but it also depends on the sizes of the shrimp that you want. The bigger the more expensive. With many possibilities to decide what to do with it, it goes well with soy sauce. You can pretty much eat it with rice or another option, you can put in a soup to make the taste even better.
Another interesting thing you can check in Kep’s crab market is the accessories that were made of many different kinds of materials. Some are made of wood and some are made of seashell. With many styles for you to choose and you can buy it as a souvenir for your friends when you back to Phnom Penh.