There’s something strangely comforting about Indian food. Maybe it’s scooping up piping hot masala with a piece of warm, garlic-covered naan. Or biting into a spicy veggie samosa full of potatoes that are bright yellow with curry and turmeric. Whatever it is, it’s a cozy meal that we indulge twice during our Siem Reap visit.
A few blocks past Pub Street, beyond the giant Park Hyatt hotel and shops selling crocodile skin bags (exhibited by crocodile skulls and skins proudly hanging outside each store), is the small and inconspicuous Curry Walla. A two-in-one restaurant concept, the space is divided in half; one side serving Indian, the other serving Khmer, with a shared kitchen upstairs. Tables line each wall of the long and narrow eatery. Nothing fancy, it’s all about the food here.
The vegetable thali includes all of the Indian favorites: daal, naan, saag aloo, vegetable masala basmati rice, and yogurt, completely splittable for two people and all for five bucks. We opt to add on two spicy veggie samosas, which are only $1 each. Everything is perfectly spiced, with an abundance of flavors, and a hearty portion of vegetables. A hot cup of homemade chai or a cold beer balance the spiciness of this great dinner, all for under $10.
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