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Bai Cha (Cambodian Fried Rice)

February 02, 2023 - 196 views

Bai Cha, also known as Khmer fried rice, is a lighter version of Chinese fried rice. Through centuries of Chinese trade and migration, this dish is found throughout Southeast Asia. This dish has many variations in Cambodia, and bai char is the most popular.

Cambodian Fried Rice

Bai Cha, also called Bai Cha, Bai Char, Bai Chaa, or Bay Cha, is the most popular dish in Cambodia. It is often used for breakfast by local families and sold on the street and in simple local eateries.

Cambodian fried rice has fewer accompaniments than traditional Chinese fried rice. Usually, this dish is only served with a little light soy sauce.

An indispensable ingredient in this fried version of Khmer rice is Siem Reap sausage, it was developed from Lap Cheong, probably by Chinese immigrants who adapted the sausage based on locally available ingredients. as well as local taste.

The way to prepare Cambodian fried rice is also straightforward. Let's learn about the recipe for this exciting dish in the lower part of the article!

How to Make Bai Cha (Cambodian Fried Rice)


  • 150 g Siem Reap sausages
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 80 g french beans diced finely
  • 80 g carrot diced finely
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 cups cooked rice separated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup spring onions sliced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce optional


Bai Cha (Cambodian Fried Rice)

Bai Cha (Cambodian Fried Rice)



  1. Fry Siem Reap sausage until slightly colored. Then take it out and drain the oil.
  2. Scramble the eggs until just cooked through, remove from the pan, let cool and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Sauté the beans and carrots until they are slightly softened. Then add the garlic to saute for one minute.
  4. Over high heat, put the rice, sugar, sausage, salt, and soy sauce in the pan and stir-fry until all the rice is mixed into the mixture and has a slight color.
  5. Serve on a plate and enjoy.

Good Places to Eat Bai Cha (Cambodian Fried Rice)

1/ Topaz Restaurant

  • Address: #162 Boulevard Norodom | Sangkat Tonle Basak, Khan - Chamcar Mon, Phnom Penh 12301, Cambodia
  • Price: US $5 - 400
  • Opening hours: From 11:30 a.m - 2:00 p.m & 6:00 p.m - 10:30 p.m

Topaz Restaurant

Topaz Restaurant

This is a Cambodian restaurant with a Western luxury style. The dishes are also heavily influenced by Europe, making them quite expensive and sophisticated. However, the portion of food is relatively small, and the restaurant's opening hours are also quite late. The highlights of Topaz are a very luxurious space, delicious food, and rare ingredients.


2/ Malis Restaurant

  • Address: 136 Norodom Boulevard, Phnom Penh 12301, Cambodia.
  • Price: US $8 - 33
  • Opening hours: From 6:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m & 6:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m

Malis Restaurant

Malis Restaurant

This restaurant serves lunch and dinner mainly. Located in the center of Phnom Penh, it is easy to see and come in for a meal. Tables and chairs are always clean and tidy; the menu has pictures so visitors can easily visualize and be motivated to order new dishes. Here, you can enjoy Asian dishes and Cambodian specialties.


3/ Tonle Bassac II Restaurant

  • Address: 534 Preahmonivong Blvd Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh.
  • Price: US $9 - 30
  • Opening hours: 10:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m

In addition to the name Tonle Bassac, this restaurant is also known as Chaoprya.

Tonle Bassac's specialty is serving buffet menus. For about $25, you can enjoy all 50 dishes, which can be named like Papaya salad, grilled lamb leg, Khmer fried rice, pork ribs with wine, 3 kinds of Cambodian specialty cakes, etc.

In particular, there is a Private Dining Roon room with a capacity of up to 300 people, and there is a chef famous for processing Asian - European dishes.

Tonle Bassac II Restaurant

Tonle Bassac II Restaurant


4/ Sandan Restaurant

  • Address: Street 10311 Sihanoukville
  • Opening hours: 11:30 a.m - 11:00 p.m
  • Average price: US $18/person/set

This restaurant is right across the street from Occhuteal beach towards the Golden Lion. If you want to try traditional Khmer dishes, Sandan is a reasonable choice because a set of 8 dishes costs only US $18/per person.

Sandan Restaurant

Sandan Restaurant


Bai Cha (Cambodian Fried Rice) is a very popular dish in Cambodia and is served daily by families and restaurants in the area. When you enjoy this dish, you will feel the crispiness of the rice combined with the sweetness of sausage and other ingredients that will make you unable to stop eating.

The information shared above will be useful to you. Hope you can successfully make Bai Cha according to the recipe we shared above. Otherwise, you can enjoy Cambodian Fried Rice on BestPrice Travel tours to Cambodia.

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