Kep Crab Market: A must-go place in Cambodia??

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Kep? Kep Crab Market?

Everyone who has been to Cambodia told me that I should go to Kep. “Kep?” Is it a city or what?” “Yes, it’s a small fishing village in the south of Cambodia.” “What’s so special about Kep?” You should go to Kep to eat Crab! “Crab?” “Yeah! Kep’s crab at Kep Crab Market is amazing! You should try it!” “Okay…maybe…”

‘Should I go to a place just to eat crab…?’ I talked to myself silently while I was writing down Kep Crab market on my notebook.

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Seafood? Crab?

I like seafood, but I am not that crazy about seafood even though I grew up in Busan in Korea where it is well-known for its fresh seafood. I eat raw fish (Sushi) or other seafood once in a while.

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Especially, crab…? I eat it like once a year or something like that. But I got curious how special the crab is in Kep crab market. I talked to my friends about Kep Crab Market and they were very interested in trying that famous Kep Crab! We decided to check out Kep Crab market on our way to Phnom Penh.

Kep Crab Market

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Kep Crab Market - Crab Market - Kep - Cambodia - Southeast Asia - Explore your life now

We arrived at Kep Crab market around 4:30 pm. As we walked to the market, we saw many crab sellers were busy showing their fresh caught crabs from the sea right next to Kep crab market.

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We wanted to eat this famous Kep Crab but we just looked around the Crab Market first to see how other people were doing because we had no idea what good price was to buy crabs and how much we should buy. Most importantly, we really didn’t want to get ripped off.

As we walked around Kep Crab Market, we talked to several crab sellers and they let us touch the crabs. I was a bit too scared to touch the crabs…No one to get bitten by the crab nippers…right? Haha. We also saw some foreigners already eating cooked crabs.

Crab at Kep Crab Market is so cheap!

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The backpackers at that Kep Crab Market were really into eating crabs. As I saw them eating, my mouth started watering. I heard my stomach was growling as well. It was time to eat! We asked price of crabs. One guy told us it’s 5 dollars for 1kg of crab. Plus 1.5 dollars for frying the crabs with sauce. And 50 cents for steaming them. 

What? Only 7 dollars to eat fresh crabs for 1 kg? I felt like I hit the jackpot! It was really ridiculously cheap to feed 3 people! We ordered 1kg of crabs, bought some rice and sweet-sour sauce and went to sit at the table.

Waiting for Kep Crab

One lady approached us and asked us for ordering drinks. We had to order drinks to sit at the table. Why not?! We ordered three cans of beer Angkor and waited for our crabs. I couldn’t wait to try the crab!

We were so hungry that 20 minutes of waiting was like 2 hours. Finally, the guy came with our crab! The famous crab at Kep Crab market! 

The famous Kep Crab Market Crab!

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The fried crab looked red and smelled amazing. I took a bite of the crab. Wow! It was a perfect mixture of spicy and salty flavor! It was made with fresh Kep crab with fresh Kampot pepper! Three of us stopped talking and started eating. We didn’t need to talk. The crab at Kep Crab market was so good that I couldn’t stop eating! At that time, I understood why people recommended coming to Kep crab market to try these crabs!

It’s time to leave Kep Crab Market

After eating, we were so full of crab and happiness in our bellies. But we had to leave to find a place to sleep. It was time to say goodbye to Kep Crab Market. We stood up and walked to our motorbikes. On our way, I saw people finishing their day at Kep Crab Market. Some were busy selling the last leftover crabs before it got dark. Others were busy cleaning and closing the stalls.

The red temptation…

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The sun was slowly going down at Kep Crab Market. It was so beautiful. We couldn’t resist the red temptation of the sunset. So we got another beer and sat down to watch the sunset. The sun was turning yellowish orange. The sun was turning orange. The sun was turning red. The boat was dancing along the waves. It was so beautiful and peaceful. 

Feeling Gratitude

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My heart started to fill with gratitude. I felt grateful that I was there at Kep Crab Market. I felt grateful that I could travel with amazing people in Cambodia. I felt grateful that we had another beautiful day on our motorbike adventure. Good food, good friends and good sunset at Kep Crab Market. I couldn’t ask for more. Another happy day was about to an end…

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