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Why Kep Crab Market is special ?
Kep Crab Market is a cluster of local restaurant as well as a few spots that offers some western options, where you get to try the “original cooked” crab. Fresh seafood – including crab of course – is a must. You’ll likely try several different outlets in the Crab Market during your stay in Kep.
The market is a selection of wooden shacks on stilts built over the sea, and it started life as the name suggests: a simple seafood market where the local fishing boats would bring their catch for sale. It’s now evolved into a string of waterfront bars and eateries.
What to explore at Kep Crab Market?
As visitors began arriving, some of these rustic shacks had the idea of cooking up the boats’ catches to serve to tourists and as business boomed make-overs abounded. Now, alongside still fairly traditional and basic local eateries, you’ll find cocktail and tapas bars, as well as a pizzeria and an internet cafe. Kep’s becoming chic again.
The best way to experience the market, is to approach any of the vendors on the seaside sidewalk and buy live crabs from pots they pull out of the water.
The market ladies also have fresh squid, clams and prawns that can also be cooked up on site and served in plastic bags to your table.
After you have chosen your crabs, the ladies will take them away to cook them up for you. Find a seat, crab an Angkor beer and chillax til they are ready.
Along with the seafood, you can get an array of freshly made sweets like rice and coconut waffles, fried rice cakes and other unknown treats that are all pretty delicious and cost around $0.25c each.
How to get to Kep Crab Market?
From Kampot: A new road (august 2014) smooth and safe connects these two cities, which are 25km apart. Takes 20-40 minute. Bus $2. For a motorcycle taxi ($4 - $6) or tuk-tuk (around $8) be prepared to bargain like a local or pay a bit more.
- A lot of sea food and reasonable price
- Best cheapest crab and fish
- True local flavour
- Pleasure of street eat
- Great Crab, Great Ocean Views
Crab Market, Krong Kaeb, Kep, Cambodia
Tips for you
For classic Kep crab with Kampot green pepper, try Srey Pov (it's simply the best). For more creative fare - go to Kimly and order fried crab with coconut milk. The sauce is a culinary masterpiece.
We arrived in Kep before the Khmer New Year and found a quaint little seafront village with intriguing ruins from the french colonial era, delicious seafood and a pristine beach. The famous "Kep Crab wit Kampot Pepper" as well as all other seafood on offer in all the little restaurants at the crab market are a must to try. At Khmer New Year this idea is also shared by the majority of the population of Cambodia. They all descend to the coast (especially Kep) for 3 days of consuming enormous quantities of seafood, durian and beer but not necessarily in that order. At the whole promenade towards Kep Beach, tarpaulins for sun protection, mats and hammocks for comfort are set up to accomodate everyone in style for this important feast. The aftermath of this feasting is, for us, eco-friendly brought up visitors not so nice, food containers, plastic wrapping, etc. are creating an unwelcoming atmosphere. The food and sights of this village and the crab market should better be experienced before public holidays or on extended weekends.