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5 Sticky Rice Desserts In Cambodia

February 17, 2023 - 1892 views

Cambodian sticky rice desserts are an indispensable part of Cambodian cuisine. The origin of this dish can be traced back to the Angkor period, with a wide variety of sticky rice desserts being developed and made from various ingredients depending on individual preferences. In the following article, let's learn about Cambodian sticky rice desserts with BestPrice Travel!


About Cambodian Sticky Rice Dessert

The taste of desserts from Cambodian sticky rice is very diverse, from the sweetness of coconut milk and sugar to the seductive taste of fruits and nuts. We can find desserts from glutinous rice covered with jam or sugar or mixed with various fruits and seeds such as peanuts, green beans, and red beans.

With distinctive flavors and popularity in Cambodian cuisine, sticky rice desserts is a unique and enjoyable experience for anyone visiting this land.


Top 5 Sticky Rice Desserts In Cambodia

1/ Num Ansom

Num Ansom is a traditional Cambodian cake made by the Khmer people since ancient times. This dessert is often made during the holidays, New Year, and weddings of local people. This dish is flexible and fragrant with sticky rice and green bean filling.

num ansom

Num Ansom


Glutinous Rice:

  • Glutinous rice
  • Coconut milk
  • Sugar
  • Salt

Pealed Split Mung Bean:

  • Peeled split mung bean
  • Water for steaming

Pork Filling:

  • Skinless pork belly
  • Garlic minced
  • Sugar, salt, black pepper

Wrapping and Cooking:

  • Banana leaves (clean, wipe, and cut)
  • Cooking twine
  • Water


  1. Soak glutinous rice overnight and drain it
  2. Stir coconut milk, sugar, glutinous rice, salt in a pan over medium heat until the milk evaporates
  3. Soak the peeled green beans through the dike. Then steamed green beans
  4. Mix pork belly with sugar, ground black pepper, salt, and minced garlic
  5. Rinse the banana leaves and cut the banana leaves into 10 inches (width) x 12 inches (height) and trim off the midrib (for ease of wrapping).
  6. Wrap the cake with banana leaf and fix it with an elastic band
  7. Steam the wrapped cake for 3-4 hours on medium heat
  8. Serve


2/ Bey Dom Neib

Bey Dom Neib is a simple dessert made from two of the most common Khmer ingredients, rice and palm sugar. You can find this dessert at local markets. Bey Dom Neib also has an elongated version, sweet with mango & jaggery

bey dom

Bey Dom Neib


  • Sticky rice
  • Water, salt, palm sugar,
  • Cooker of sticky rice
  • Coconut cream
  • Pango


  1. Wash the rice and cook over the heat until the rice is thoroughly cooked
  2. Put some jaggery, coconut milk, and jaggery in a pan. Simmer until a little caramel, then add the sticky rice and mix well.
  3. Continue mixing things slowly, one by one, until the rice is entirely smooth and sticky
  4. Turn off the heat by putting the sticky rice on a plate and pressing it flat.
  5. Peel the mango and cut it into beautiful pieces arranged on the sticky rice or near the plate.


3/ Kralan 

Kralan is a rather strange dessert in Cambodia. Its main ingredient is glutinous rice, but the method is quite unique. Sticky rice will be cooked in bamboo tubes with coconut water. This is the dish you should try when coming to this land.




  • Glutinous Rice (soaked and drained)
  • Fresh Grated Coconut
  • Sugar, Salt
  • Black-eyed Peas
  • Bamboo
  • Coconut Husks


  1. Mix glutinous rice with salt, sugar, coconut, and black beans and pour into previously prepared bamboo tubes and seal with copra.
  2. Bake the bamboo tubes over charcoal for two hours. Occasionally turn the bamboo tube face.
  3. When taking the bamboo out of the fire, scrape off the burnt outer layer
  4. Peeling bamboo is like peeling a banana.
  5. Serve


4/ Num Treap

Num Treap, or Sticky Rice with Sesame Seeds, is a fairly simple Cambodian dessert. It is very similar to Filipino sweet rice cake. This dessert is extremely popular in markets and street eateries in Cambodia.


Num Treap


  • Sweet glutinous rice, soaked for at least 6 hours or overnight
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut sugar
  • Sesame seeds, toasted
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt


  1. Rice: Soak glutinous rice overnight and arrange it evenly in a basket lined with banana leaves to apply fat
  2. Steam for 30 - 45 minutes; put the rice in a steamer basket or cover it to prevent the rice from drying out until you need it.
  3. Coconut milk: While the rice is cooking, put the coconut milk, coconut sugar, salt, and vanilla extract in a large saucepan and cook over medium to high heat. Stir frequently until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Use a fork to stir the rice, and then add the rice to the pot with the coconut milk and mix well.
  5. Put the rice on a plate and press it down with a spoon. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and cover with cling film. Let cool.
  6. Cut into squares, then serve and enjoy!


5/ Num Kom

Num kom, also known as rice cake, is a dish that Cambodians often make and serve on special occasions such as weddings, Khmer New Year, or Pchum Ben. It has the sweetness of jaggery and coconut filling. The method is also straightforward; you can apply the following formula:

num om

Num Kom


  • Glutinous rice/sticky rice
  • Sesame seeds
  • Jaggery syrup
  • Salt
  • Banana leaves to wrap


  1. Soak glutinous rice overnight and make a paste by mixing some glutinous rice with rice flour, kneading it to the consistency needed to make Num Kom.
  2. Dry roast black sesame, turn off the heat and add jaggery and grated coconut.
  3. Make small balls of rice flour with coconut sesame palm jaggery
  4. Wrapped cake with banana leaves
  5. Boil the cake for about 30 minutes
  6. Cool and enjoy


Where to Eat Cambodian Sticky Rice Dessert?

1/ Topaz Restaurant

  • Address: #182 Boulevard Norodom | Sangkat Tonle Basak, Khan Chamcar Mon, Phnom Penh 12301, Cambodia.
  • Phone: +855 23 221 622.
  • Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Private Room Dinner
  • Opening hours: From 11:30am – 2:00pm and 6:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Average price: $4 - $45

2/ Malis Restaurant

  • Address: 136 Norodom Boulevard, Phnom Penh 12301, Cambodia.
  • Phone: +855 89 212 888.
  • Serving : Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
  • Opening hours: From 6:00am – 2:00pm and 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Average price: $3 - $35

3/ Domrei Kitchen Restaurant

  • Address: Number 29A, Street 288, Phnom Penh 12302, Cambodia.
  • Phone: +023 6326 461.
  • Catering: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations.
  • Opening hours: From 12:00 am - 9:00 pm.
  • Average price: $3 - $35


Cambodian sticky rice desserts are delightful dishes that all ages can enjoy. Most Cambodian desserts will usually have a sweet and supple taste, which is the perfect choice for those who love unique and exotic desserts.

You can find the dishes mentioned above in many restaurants and traditional eateries. Whether you are looking for a quick snack or a dessert to end your meal, the Cambodian sticky rice dessert is a great choice. Find your best package tour below if you want to have a taste of Cambodian desserts!

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